Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program

                           

Interested in volunteering for LDWF? Become a volunteer under the new Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program! As a volunteer, you will play a critical role in helping the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries promote fishing in Louisiana. Even if you aren’t a highly experienced angler, you can come to one of our training courses to learn all about fishing and fisheries science.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in sharing their passion for Louisiana’s aquatic resources. Whether you want to hold your own fishing event, incorporate fisheries science into your classroom or even assist LDWF at their events, join Aquatic VIP today!

Types of Volunteers

We are currently seeking Aquatic Volunteer Instructors (or what we call VIPs). As an Aquatic Volunteer Instructor, you will go through an 8-hour workshop that will prepare you for holding your own fishing clinic, volunteering at an LDWF event or teaching your students about fisheries science. Some of the topics covered are fishing basics, fisheries management, fish identification, invasive species and fishing/boating safety. All volunteers that attend this training will be supplied a binder with lesson plans, activity guides and other educational resources. You will also have access to our loaner kits that will contain the materials needed to teach these different topics. The loaner kits range from dissection kits to arts and crafts to fishing poles with tackle. Check the upcoming dates section to see when you can attend one of these hands-on workshops!

How to Become a Volunteer

If you are interested in joining our Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, then please complete the volunteer application. We will contact you with more information after the application has been reviewed and we’ll get you signed up for a workshop. Please note that all applicants must pass a criminal background check.

Upcoming Aquatic Volunteer Workshops

We currently do not have any workshops scheduled. We may still have a few more pop-up throughout the 2017 year so don’t let this keep you from signing up!

Please note: To hold a workshop, a minimum of 5 participants must be registered. We are now asking for a $25 registration fee to hold your spot at the workshop. This check will be returned upon your arrival to the workshop.

Not able to make it to one of these workshops? Not a problem. If you have a group of 10 or more people who would like to be trained, then we can come to you! Please email amcgarry@wlf.la.gov to set up a training date.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, please contact Alayna McGarry at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov or 504-286-4050.

Frequently Asked Questions

What requirements are there for Aquatic Volunteer Instructors?

To become a certified Aquatic Volunteer Instructor, you must attend one 8-hour workshop and pass the test at the end of the course. A background check will be run after completion of the workshop to check for any major offenses. All certified instructors will have two years after the workshop to participate in at least one aquatic education program.

What counts as participating at an aquatic education program?

Participation at an aquatic education program can count as hosting your own fishing clinic, tournament or fishing festival. If the lesson plans are used in the classroom to teach students, then those hours will be put towards the requirement. Also, any fishing related events that you volunteer at (no hosting required) will count towards your requirement. All certified instructors will receive e-mails of potential volunteer events that will count towards the required aquatic education program.

I’m all signed up, what’s next?

Once you complete the application and choose the workshop you’d like to attend, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation. Once you’ve been confirmed for a workshop, send in your $25 registration check to reserve your spot. As the workshop nears, you will receive an e-mail with all of the details for the location.

Where do I send my $25 registration fee?

You can write the check out to “LWFF” and send to the following address:

Alayna McGarry
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 400
New Orleans, LA 70122

It will be held until the day of the workshop and will be returned upon arrival.

What happens if I’ve sent in my registration fee but don’t show up to the workshop?

Your $25 registration fee will turn into a donation to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. A notice of one week must be given to receive your check back.

I just looked at the upcoming Aquatic VIP workshops and I can’t make any. Can I still be trained?

If you are unable to make any of the scheduled workshops, then you may still be in luck. We can come to you for a workshop if you have a group of 10 or more interested people. Alternatively, if a pop-up workshop like this opens up near you, then we can contact you to let you know about it.

What do I need to bring with me to the workshop?

Just an eagerness to learn! We’ll provide snacks, lunch and drinks for the day thanks to our great sponsors.

What can I expect from this workshop?

Each eight hour workshop covers the following hands-on activities: knot tying, basic tackle, casting techniques, fish identification, fish anatomy, invasive species, fisheries management and more. A binder with activity guides, lesson plans and additional resources is provided to each participant for further education.

What are the loaner kits I’m hearing about?

One of the perks of the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program is that certified instructors receive access to our loaner kits. That means that we’ll provide the materials needed to teach the different activities. For example, we’ll provide the rods and reels with basic tackle for the fishing station or we’ll provide the paint, paper and rubber fish for the fish prints station. Don’t let the lack of resources stop you from teaching others about fish!