Hunter Education Volunteer Coordinator
The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting resumes and applications for the position of Hunter Education Volunteer Coordinator (Game Biologist III).
Under the supervision of the Hunter Education Program Administrator, the Hunter Education Volunteer Coordinator (Game Biologist III) assists in the outreach, recruitment, training, management, evaluation and retention of volunteer Hunter Education instructors, assists in establishing the program content and curriculum delivered at courses and assists the Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) Coordinator with the implementation of the Division's R3 efforts.
Specific Duties Include:
Conducts outreach to recruit a diverse pool of qualified volunteers.
Conducts background (CORI) checks, screens, and interviews volunteer instructor candidates.
Recruits, trains, and motivates volunteer instructors and teaching teams to retain their services.
Develops, schedules, plans and conducts instructor-training workshops.
Develops, utilizes and adapts training materials.
Evaluates instructors and teaching team abilities and performance.
Maintains records and certification of instructors.
Maintains routine communication with instructors and keeps them informed and current on new program procedures, laws and training materials.
Supervises MassWildlife instructional staff fostering an atmosphere of growth and idea sharing.
Assists in establishing instructor policy and procedure guidelines including curriculum standards for new and existing instructors.
Coordinates equipment needs and performs inventory.
MHEP Liaison with the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp coordinating all logistics of the mandated Hunter Education course.
Assists in the statewide assessment of program objectives under the guidance of the Hunter Education Program Administrator.
Works closely with HE Program Administrator and R3 Program Coordinator to integrate & coordinate programs.
Engages with external partners to maximize potential collaborative relationships.
Organizes program delivery with R3 program through cross functional resource workload sharing.
Serves and participates as a member of the DFW’s Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Working Group.
Contributes to the team effort by performing other duties as assigned.
Qualifications required at hire:
Knowledge of education principles.
Knowledge of general principles of ecology and wildlife management.
Knowledge of teaching/training methods, equipment and procedures, particularly as they apply to Hunter Education programs.
Knowledge of hunting practices, firearms ad safe firearms handling practices and other related outdoor skills.
Knowledge and/or experience in volunteer management.
Knowledge and skill in planning, developing and organizing effective volunteer training workshops.
Ability to address public groups and conduct effective volunteer instructor training workshops.
Ability to evaluate teaching effectiveness of volunteer instructors.
Ability to deal tactfully with others.
Ability to work effectively with volunteer instructors, education professionals and other diverse publics.
Ability to assemble, organize and report data.
Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written formats.
Ability to exercise sound judgment, work independently and be self motivated.
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others.
Ability to work effectively with a group.
Ability to motivate and organize volunteers.
Ability to use PC-based computer systems and basic software packages and maintain accurate records.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as may be required.
A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition.
Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Education, Outdoor Recreation, or Wildlife Management and two years experience in hunter education; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which affords the applicant the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in wildlife biology, wildlife management work or forestry and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in wildlife management, wildlife biology or forestry may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
II. A Graduate degree with a major in wildlife management, wildlife biology or forestry may be substituted one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License or equivalent license from the state in which you reside.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
*Department of Fish And Game
Hunter Education Volunteer Coordinator
Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road