Recovery and Transportation Trainings 2011

Hello All,

Today I thought I would blog about some of the changes we are making to our Recovery and Transportation (R&T) training program. Please help by disseminating this information within your organization.

In 2009 the OWCN added the collection of oiled wildlife to its mission, and since that time we have been expanding our efforts to develop detailed protocols and training. R&T field personnel are highly qualified and experienced people that fill staff roles during oil spill response. As such, training requirements and qualifications need to be met to fill these roles. The OWCN offers the training required to become an R&T Responder.

In 2009 and 2010 we offered R&T training workshops. This year we are expanding those efforts by adding three levels to these trainings, as described below.

R&T Level 1 – This level is a descriptive term ONLY, and represents the OWCN online training webinar (Recovery and Transportation, Level 1). This webinar will air May 14, 2011 (10:00 – 11:00), and will provide an introduction to the OWCN, basics of oil spill response, and requirements for becoming a field responder (if you are associated with an OWCN member organization and wish to take this webinar, please contact Becky Elias,

Taking this online training does NOT qualify a person for participation as an R&T Responder, but is ONE of the requirements for further R&T training.

R&T Level 2 – To participate as an R&T Responder, personnel must meet the training requirements and qualifications of an R&T Level 2 (at minimum). For personnel at OWCN member Organizations that have either previously worked in wildlife recovery during oil spills or individuals that have significant skills in wildlife fieldwork and are interested in working in this capacity, we are offering R&T Level 2 trainings. These trainings will be 2-day, field-focused classes and, in taking the class, will also satisfy the annual 8-hr HAZWOPER refresher requirement.

Previously offered R&T workshops (in 2009 and 2010) are equivalent to an R&T Level 2 responder.

R&T Level 3 – For key personnel who have already completed the R&T Level 2 course and meet key requirements, an R&T Level 3 workshop will be offered once per year, and will present information on special capture techniques, or other specialized trainings as deemed necessary. Stay tuned for more info on this course.

Maintenance of eligibility as an R&T Responder – Responders may be expected to either re-take a Level 2 or 3 training every 2 years, OR respond to an oil spill at least once every 3 years in order to maintain eligibility.

Requirements for R&T Levels 

R&T Level 1:

Association with an OWCN Member Organization

R&T Level 2:

Staff of an OWCN Member Organization (and approval from that organization).

24-hr HAZWOPER certification.  This certification must be kept current to respond to oil spills.

R&T Levels 1 and 2 trainings provided through OWCN.

ICS (Incident Command System) 100 (required) and 200 (recommended).

R&T Level 3:

Association with an OWCN Member Organization (and approval from that organization).

24-hr HAZWOPER certification.  This certification must be kept current to respond to oil spills.

R&T Levels 1, 2, and 3 training provided through OWCN.

ICS 100 (required) and ICS 200 and 700 (recommended).

Qualifications for Becoming an R&T Level 2 and 3 Responder 

Significant experience handling birds, familiarity with California wildlife species, and experience capturing wild birds.

Experience recording scientific data, familiarity with map-reading, GPS devices, and capture equipment and techniques.

Physically fit – able to hike 5 miles on beaches on rough terrain, an ability to work long hours, including evening/nights and weekends, and outdoors, even in inclement weather.

For more information, please log in to the network members section of the OWCN website.  Thank you, and please let us know if you have any questions.


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