DNR seeks volunteer ORV safety education instructors for free training sessions in May, June
The Department of Natural Resources is recruiting instructors for its off-road vehicle safety education program. This volunteer opportunity allows ORV enthusiasts to pass along their love and knowledge of the sport to new riders, while teaching them safe and responsible ORV operation that will provide an enjoyable riding experience.
All ORV instructor volunteers are required to attend a three-day instructor academy to learn instructor policy and procedure, classroom management and teaching concepts. Instructors will have the chance to experience various aspects of ORV operation, including basic hands-on operational skills on off-highway motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, utility-type vehicles and winching recovery equipment.
Current instructors also are encouraged to attend an academy to brush up on knowledge and skills and to experience changes in equipment.
There will be two ORV instructor academies in 2015: May 29-31 and June 5-7. Each class is limited to 24 students. While attendance at the academies is mandatory, there is no charge to the instructor candidates to attend, and meals and lodging are included. Enrollment is first come, first served. The academies both will be held at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon County.
Anyone seeking to become a certified ORV instructor must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be a high school graduate or possess a graduate equivalency diploma (GED).
- Have no felony convictions.
- Have no misdemeanor convictions within the past three years.
- Have no convictions that resulted in the revocation of ORV operation privileges within the last five years. (Other convictions of natural resource law violations are subject to review and may result in the rejection of any application.)
- Maintain a high moral, ethical and mental character.
To receive an application to apply to be a certified volunteer ORV safety education instructor, contact the DNR Law Enforcement Division’s Recreational Safety Education and Enforcement Section at 517-284-6055. After a completed application is submitted, a background check will be conducted. Successful applicants then will be contacted to schedule their attendance at a mandatory ORV instructor academy.
For more information about the ORV safety education program, contact Cpl. John Morey at 989-619-3784. Learn more about recreational safety education opportunities on the DNR website www.michigan.gov/recreationalsafety.