Applications being accepted for two hunter education and
October 12, 2013
PENNSYLVANIA- A spike in federal grant money available to wildlife
agencies is expanding opportunities for hunter education and outreach in
Pennsylvania, and has resulted in the creation of two new positions the
Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking to fill.
The Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, often referred to as
the Pittman-Robertson Act or simply P-R, places an excise tax on firearms,
ammunition and archery equipment at the manufacturers’ level. This landmark federal legislation has
provided an important funding mechanism for wildlife agencies for decades. Much
of the success in wildlife management nationwide can be traced to this funding
Recently, the sale of firearms and ammunition in the U.S.
has reached an all-time high resulting in significant increases in funding
available to wildlife agencies.
In response to the growth of these federal dollars, the
Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced two new employment opportunities
within the agency’s Hunter Education and Outreach Division.
As part of a new five-year Wildlife and Sport Fisheries
Restoration grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency is
expanding its hunter education; hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation;
and shooting sports outreach efforts.
The first position is for a new Hunter Education Specialist.
This is a contract position.
The second is for a new Wildlife Conservation Education
Specialist (Shooting Sports Coordinator), which is a three-year, limited-term
Both positions will be integral to the anticipated growth in
outreach and programming efforts that are planned as part of the federal grant
Hunter education will expand by offering more advanced
training curriculums. Hunting outreach will be offering more youth and
school-based recruitment programs, improving hunter-access opportunities and
launching GoHuntPA, which is a strategic marketing effort targeting the large
hunting audience in Pennsylvania.
Shooting sports outreach will continue the impressive growth
of the National Archery in the Schools Program, add more school-based shooting
sports programs and focus on the development of community-based shooting
Both positions will be based out of the Game Commission’s