Shooting Sports Instructors

Suggestions for Safely Phasing in a Return to 4-H Shooting Sports

Posted June 2020.

Fall Safety & Education in 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors Training
September 11 & 12
Ames, IA

State Events
Winter Postal (Nov 1 – March 31)
Summer Postal (May 1 – September 30)
Safety and Education in Shooting Sports Camp (July)*
State Match & National Qualifier, Big Springs Shooting Complex, Searsboro, IA (August 29-30)
4-H Foundation Charity Shoot, New Pioneer Gun Club, Waukee, IA (September 10)

National Events
National Championships, Grand Island, NE (June 21-26)

Wildlife Skills / Hunting

Participants must be approved by their local county extension office.  This process, which must be completed prior to attending the training, requires a completed 4-H volunteer application and the successful completion of background checks as part of the 4-H Child Protection and Safety Policy administered by their County Extension Office.  It can take from 3-5 weeks.  Contact your County Extension Office for more details.  

The success of 4-H programs relies heavily on dedicated volunteers.  Shooting sports instructors are responsible for the overall coordination and management of the county/area 4-H shooting sports program. If you are interested in being a volunteer or instructor for a shooting sports program, contact your county ISU Extension Office today. 


  1. Administration: follow state plan, policies, and risk management requirements. Complete reports,  maintain 4-H membership records, and maintain equipment inventories.
  2. Communications: develop good working relationships with members, parents, instructors, volunteers, and Extension professional staff.
  3. Planning: work with other instructors, Extension staff, parents, members, and community partners to develop a county shooting sports short-term and long-term plan to create the best possible program for your county. This responsibility includes setting up a 4-H Shooting Sports Committee that seeks to grow the program.
  4. Volunteer Development: recruit, orientate, and recognize  instructors as well as other adult and teen volunteers (ongoing).
  5. Resource Development: develop resources such as cash, equipment, use of facilities, and keep financial and asset records in accordance with Iowa 4-H policy.
  6. Promote the 4-H SESS program to youth, families, and the community through various ways.
  7. Plan/schedule supplemental learning experiences (tours, special events, service projects, etc.).
  8. Liaison with the Extension Service and county 4-H committee.
  9. Ensure quality control of county program by monitoring club SESS activities.


  1. Age 21 or older and successful completion of the child protection and safety policy screening process.
  2. Willingness to attend ongoing training
  3. Ability to work with adults and delegate responsibility.
  4. Have an interest in the development of youth and shooting sports.
  5. State certification and re-certified as required.
  6. Previous leadership experience.
  7. Organizational, management, communication, public relations, and marketing skills.
  8. Knowledge of networking and collaborating.
  9. Knowledge of overall 4-H program and activities and/or willing to learn about them.
  10. Moral standards consistent with the 4-H philosophy.

Support Provided

  1. 4-H SESS coordinator training workshop.
  2. 4-H SESS curriculum handbook upon completion of the workshop.
  3. Local volunteer training programs.

To Apply

Contact your county ISU Extension Office

Instructor Resources

Certificates for Youth Completion Basic Discipline Course