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Licensed Outdoor Guide


The licensing of outdoor guides is administered by the New York State Forest Rangers. The Environmental Conservation Law Section 11-0533.8 requires the Department to publish a list of guides. A list of current New York State Licensed Guides is available on-line. You do not need to be a resident of New York State to receive a guides license.

In general terms, a guide is a person, at least eighteen years of age, who offers services for hire, part or all of which includes directing, instructing or aiding another in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting/canoeing/kayaking, or rock and ice climbing.

Individuals engaging in the business of guiding on all lands and waters of the state shall possess a license issued by the department.

Licensing Requirements

Applicants must file an application with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (ENCON). The latest information and requirements for outdoor guide licensure are available on the New York State Environmental Conservation Department's Office of Public Protection website at:

Licensing Authority

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Public Protection-Forest Rangers
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-2560
Phone: (518) 402-8838

Standard Occupational Classification

39-7011- Tour Guides and Escorts
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/08/14.

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