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Discipline Instructor Role Description

Position Title
Discipline Instructor (Archery, Hunting, Wildlife, and Outdoor Skills, Rifle, and Shotgun) - 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

Time Commitment
Length of service is one year. Renewable. Three-year commitment preferred.

Serve within the county area.

Type of Position
Volunteer key leader; no direct salary

Shooting discipline instructors to work in conjunction with county Coordinator and Extension staff.

General Purpose
Be responsible for the overall teaching of knowledge and skills related to a specific discipline to 4-H members, ages 8-18.


Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Stress shooting safety. Teach the program following the National 4-H curriculum as provided.
  2. Coordinate activities with shooting sports Coordinator.
  3. Coach members on proper shooting techniques.
  4. Attend all shooting club meetings and activities.
  5. Recruit and train assistant instructors as needed.
  6. Inform Coordinator about and help secure needed equipment and facilities.
  7. Recruit parents and members.
  8. Participate in additional training programs the local shooting sports committee decides to include (i.e. Hunter Education, Red Cross First Aide, and 4-H Leadership.)
  9. Help plan the yearly program.
  10. Actively encourage and support members by working with them individually to review project work and related records.
  11. Encourage members to participate in other 4-H events and activities.
  12. Publicize 4-H Shooting Sports activities and results.
  13. Maintain records on activities or project work.
  14. Assist on obtaining, screening, appointing, and utilizing project and activity leaders for the club.
  15. Communicate regularly with the 4-H Office.

Qualifications Required:

  1. Age 21 or older for all disciplines
  2. Ability to work with youth and adults
  3. Have an interest in shooting and some knowledge of shooting techniques.
  4. State certification in specific discipline and recertification is required.
  5. Completion and approval of IL Volunteer Application and selection process and all screenings.
  6. Be familiar with 4-H objectives and philosophy and/or willing to learn about them.
  7. Moral standards consistent with the 4-H philosophy.

Support to Be Provided:

  1. 4-H shooting sports instructor training workshops (16 hours minimum.)
  2. 4-H shooting sports curriculum handbook upon completion of the workshop.
  3. Local volunteer training programs.

Affirmative Action: To assist with providing 4-H activities to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin or handicap.

Training: 4-H staff will provide.

  • Leadership training
  • Program and resource materials including projects, films and books as available
  • Newsletters to leaders and club members
  • County wide activities, which are open to all 4-H participants (camp, fair, communication, workshops, etc.)
  • Leader manuals for projects - where available
  • Project books for youth - where available