Volunteer Descriptions

Field Marshal

  • The field Marshal will stay with their team for the entire day making sure the handlers are prepared and ready for every portion of the test when it is their time.  It is their job to keep the test moving smoothly. They will identify and hand out running orders to the handlers on their team before opening remarks.  If a double test is being run there will be one field Marshal for each team.

  • They are responsible first thing in the morning to gather all equipment needed for the test and make sure it is on hand and ready. (ammo, guns for handlers, etc.)

  • They will make sure the workers are doing their job at each site and have all the necessary equipment needed.  He or she will have radio access to one of the judges as well as the bird planters.

  • The test marshal should have a list of the workers for the day on hand and any major problems will go through this person.

  • At the end of the day they will ensure all equipment is picked up and returned to the right place and ready for the next test day.

Assistant Field Marshal

  •  This person assists the Field Marshal in all assigned duties. They will also ensure the judges and workers are supplied with snacks and refreshments throughout the day.

Bird Planters

  • There will be three to four bird planters in each field if possible.  Bird planters are responsible in making sure the birds needed for the day are transported to the staging area, bird bags, water and feed should be on hand as well.  This can be done during opening remarks.

  • At the end of the day all equipment will be brought back to the home base and returned to appropriate places.

  • They will have radio access to the judges and the field marshal.


  • Gunners should have experience and must meet the criteria shown below.  12 or 20 gauge shells will be provided by the chapter, Gunners will answer directly to the judges team and the Field Marshal.

  • Gunners must be international chapter members

  • Gunners must be a local chapter member

  • They will have read the NAVHDA Aims Programs Test Rules and abide by them

  • Gunners must be mature adults who regard safety above marksmanship and are physically able to keep up with the handler.

  • The gunners are also responsible to fire the two blank rounds required during the natural ability field portion of the test.

 Duck Thrower

  • The duck thrower is expected to have the ducks to be used in a cooler until ready to be thrown.

  • This person should be familiar with the steadiness by the blind and retrieve of duck sequences for the UPT and Utility test. (Pages 17 and 23-24 in the Aims rule book)

  • The duck thrower will have access to radio communications and answers directly to the Field Marshal.

Distraction Gunner for Remaining by the Blind

  • This person will fire a blank from a single barrel break action shotgun at the command of the judging team. He or she should bring hearing protection, as numerous shots will be fired at this location daily. This person should be familiar with the Steadiness by the blind and retrieve sequences for the Utility and UPT tests. (Pages 23-24 in the Aims Rule book)

  • The distraction gunner answers directly to the field marshal and judging team.

Duck Handler – Search for Duck

  • One duck handler will be needed at the water site.  They will make sure that the ducks needed are at the site in a location away from the dogs and their handlers.

  • At the direction of the judge, they will place the duck in the pond. Upon releasing the duck, the handler(s) should be hidden so it will not distract the handler or dog.  Once the dog has completed the duck search they should get the next duck ready in a quiet fashion. (Primary feathers on both sides should be pulled and discarded in a garbage bag)

  • At the end of the day you are responsible for getting the equipment gathered and back to the appropriate places.IMG_4703