State of Massachusetts Hunter Education Specialist in Westborough, Massachusetts

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 from applicants for the position of Hunter Educational Specialist (Game Biologist I).

Under the supervision of the Hunter Education Program Administrator, the Hunter Education Specialist (Game Biologist I) schedules, plans and conducts Basic Hunter Education and other courses developed and administered by the Massachusetts Division Fisheries and Wildlife Hunter Education Program. The Hunter Educational Specialist assists: in curriculum design and developing educational materials and program content delivered at courses, and with the training and evaluation of volunteer instructor teams.

Other duties include:

  1. Schedules, plans and effectively teaches Basic Hunter Education and other courses statewide.*

  2. Maintains records and certification of students.

  3. Assists in curriculum design and the development of educational materials and program content delivered at courses.

  4. Assists with the training and evaluation of volunteer instructor teams.*

Qualifications Required:

  1. Ability to plan, implement and effectively teach hunter education courses statewide.

  2. Knowledge of learning/teaching theories, educational training principles and practices.

  3. Ability to select and apply instructional materials and training aids effectively in hunter education programs.

  4. Knowledge of effective curriculum design and human dimension research as it relates to hunter education.

  5. Knowledge of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning concepts and principles.

  6. Knowledge of firearms, safe firearms handling practices and other hunting and trapping equipment.

  7. Knowledge of the principles, safe practices and techniques of hunting and trapping.

  8. Ability to evaluate teaching effectiveness.

  9. Ability to design and develop curriculum, lesson plans and course outlines for hunter education programs.

  10. Ability to provide effective training programs for agency staff and volunteers involved in the delivery of hunter education programs.

  11. Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written formats.

  12. Ability to effectively relate to staff, volunteers, program stakeholders and the public.

  13. Knowledge of wildlife management principles and practices.

  14. Knowledge of federal and state hunting laws and regulations.

  15. Ability to use computer systems and basic software packages and maintain accurate records.

  16. Ability to exercise sound judgment, to work effectively with a group or independently and be self motivated.

  17. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others.

  18. Ability to have a flexible work schedule and to work evenings and weekends.

  19. Ability to perform other duties as required or assigned.

Preferred Qualification:

A 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.

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.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in wildlife biology, wildlife management work or forestry or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in wildlife management, wildlife biology or forestry may be substituted for the required 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.


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Science

Organization: *Department of Fish And Game

Title: Hunter Education Specialist

Location: Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road

Requisition ID: 170004OC