Become a Certified Fishing Instructor - All Experience Levels Welcome!

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Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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Sharing your skills and passion for fishing and the outdoors is extremely rewarding. The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program offers FREE Introductory level fishing classes all over the state. CARE relies on volunteers to teach fishing classes and lead fishing trips within their community! Since 1986, CARE has certified hundreds of volunteers that have taught over 200,000 citizens of CT about fish and fishing.

Here’s your chance to join our statewide team of volunteers. To become a certified CARE Instructor, call Tom Bourret or Justin Wiggins at (860) 663-1656. You can call 24 hours/day and leave a message. You must call and pre-register. Once accepted, you will receive a detailed agenda and materials to review prior to the training class.

This Instructor certification training is hands-on, fun and you will have a chance to meet some of the finest volunteers in the State. You will leave the training with the ability and knowledge to lead an Introduction to Fishing course within your community! CARE provides all teaching materials and fishing equipment FREE OF CHARGE.

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About Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106, US

Mission Statement

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs - and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.


  • The Environmental Quality Branch is comprised of the Bureaus of Air Management, Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, and Water Protection and Land Reuse. These bureaus protect the air, land and water resources of the state by regulating air emissions, wastewater discharges and solid and hazardous wastes. Tools used include the development of regulations, policies and standards; permitting and enforcement; air and water quality monitoring; and public outreach and education.
  • The Environmental Conservation Branch consists of two bureaus. The Bureau of Natural Resources is charged with managing the state’s natural resources (particularly fish, wildlife, and forests) through a program of regulation, management, research, and public education. The Bureau of Outdoor Recreation is charged with the conservation and management of statewide recreation lands and resources through the acquisition of open space and the management of resources, including state parks, to meet the outdoor recreation needs of the public.
  • The Office of the Commissioner, including the Offices of Chief of Staff, Adjudications, and Legal Counsel, provides administrative management, staff assistance, and ancillary service to aid the Commissioner and Bureau Chiefs in their efforts to carry out the mission of the agency.


Sat Feb 29, 2020


Keney Park Pond House323 Edgewood StreetHartford, CT 06112



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • Bilingual
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • The February 29th, 2020 fishing instructor training is five hours long. After that volunteers can lead or assist fishing classes at their discretion, whether that is running a class once a year or once a week is up to you!

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