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Licensed Outdoor Guide


A NYS Licensed Guide is a person who offers services for hire which include directing, instructing or aiding another in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting, canoeing or kayaking and rock/ice climbing. All persons in the business of guiding on all lands and waters of the state shall possess a license issued by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

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:

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2018, there where 634 licenses issued.
As of December 31, 2018, there were 2,340 active licenses.

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 1/15/19.

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