Hunter education instructors are volunteers who devote personal time and effort to ensuring the passing on of our hunting heritage to the next generation of safe, ethical hunters. Certified by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), hunter education instructors are authorized to teach public classes consistent with curriculum and policies established by WDFW.
Instructors must be at least 21 years of age, keenly interested in promoting safety, wildlife conservation and responsible outdoor behavior and willing to teach or assist in at least one class per year.
The typical class involves two or more instructors who share the responsibilities of setting up and conducting classes. If you have a hunting partner (or two!), coworker or another family member who can assist you, please invite them to consider applying as instructors also!
All potential instructors undergo a background investigation to insure there is no history that would prevent them serving as instructors.
Instructors are then asked to attend a basic hunter education course and to assist in conducting a course. This gives the candidate a good insider's view of what the curriculum entails and an insight into the role of the instructor.
WDFW staff also conduct new instructor training from January through August of each year. Class locations and dates vary, but all instructor applicants are provided advance notice about class dates and locations. Please check with hunter education staff to determine training locations and dates.
The work of the hunter education instructor is demanding and the pay is lousy (as in non-existent!) Instructors love their work not because of any material rewards or benefits, but because they know they are contributing in some small way to the future of hunting. If you like a challenge, aren't afraid of hard work and see yourself as a good team player, we want to hear from you soon!
Right now, additional instructors and teaching teams are needed in Asotin, Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, King, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Yakima, Whatcom, and Whitman Counties.
If you are interested in learning more about the role of hunter education instructors, or if you'd like an application to get started, please contact the hunter education program.
The Washington Hunter Education Instructors' Association (WHEIA) is a registered, non-profit organization formed to promote outdoor safety, game management and positive outdoor ethics.
WHEIA members are active in supporting a number of hunter education-related activities, including:
- Bowhunter Education
- Washington Outdoor Women
- Go Play Outside Washington (GOPAW)
- Terry Hoffer Memorial Hunter Education Instructors' Award
- Annual Instructor's Jamboree
- Quarterly Instructor's Newsletter
Membership is open to all individuals, organizations and corporations which support WHEIA goals. WDFW staff are always looking for additional, qualified men and women to serve as hunter education instructors. Potential instructors must be at least 21 years of age to apply.
Annual dues are $15 per year for active hunter education instructors, associate members and non-instructors.
The corporate address for WHEIA is: PO Box 5563 Kent, W 98064.
|Eastern Washington membership coordinator
|Western Washington membership coordinator
The annual hunter education Jamboree is held during Late June or Early July, and all instructors--both WHEIA and non-WHEIA members--are invited to join in the fun and fellowship. Please contact any Board member for more details.
Don't stand on the sidelines: Join WHEIA and help us grow and promote safety and responsible behavior afield!