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Becoming a Hunter Education Instructor

hunter ed instructor with three students

Vermont’s Hunter Education Program is always looking for volunteer instructors to teach hunting, bow hunting or trapping education.

The work is demanding and the hours are often long and inconvenient. But instructors love their work because they know they are contributing to the future of hunting and trapping.

What are the requirements to be an instructor?

  • Have had no significant misdemeanor, felony or wildlife violations
  • Enjoy working with young people

  • Believe in and practice safe, responsible hunting

  • Complete an application process that includes providing personal references and a criminal history background check

How do I apply?

Download the Instructor Application Package and complete the following forms. Email or mail the forms to Hunter Education Program Office:

  • HE Instructor Application 

  • FBI National Record Check Release Form – This form must be notarized. Most banks, post offices, and town offices have notaries present with no charge for assistance.

  • Request for Information from the Vermont Child Abuse and Neglect Registry – Complete Section II of the form.

  • Fingerprint Information Sheet – The individual who takes your fingerprints must sign this form. You will need the fingerprinting authorization certificate below to be fingerprinted. Complete this form and return to the law enforcement center where your fingerprints are taken (the address is at the bottom of form).

  • Vermont Criminal Information Center Fingerprint Authorization Certificate – If you pay for the fingerprinting, save the receipt and mail a copy of it to our office for reimbursement. If the law enforcement office does not know where to mail the form, the address is at the bottom of the form.

What's Next?

After we receive your package, you will be interviewed by Fish and Wildlife staff. You must then successfully pass a New Instructor Training class, and complete a mentoring program with a Chief Instructor. Upon the successful completion of your mentor program, you will be a fully-certified instructor. We will be sure to keep in touch with you throughout this process.

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Contact us for more information:

Vermont Hunter Education Program
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Dewey Building
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208