We are thrilled to introduce our new training program! Now, I know that not everyone is as thrilled as we are with this new program; mainly because – let’s face it – we have changed training and qualifications quite a bit in the past few years. However, we like to think of it more as an “evolution” rather than as a “change” as we have gone through several staff changes within the UC Davis management team – each person bringing with them new ideas on how to make our response team even better. Within the past year, we have been working hard to standardize and integrate our training program within all areas of wildlife response (versus each stream having their own pre-requisites and different standards for response).
This new training program has the following general goals:
- Develop a team of oiled wildlife responders that have the knowledge, skills, experience, and attitude (cohesion, trust, confidence in each other and the team) needed to provide the best achievable capture and care in an oiled wildlife response organization.
- Promote enthusiasm and continued engagement and commitment of individuals from all OWCN member organizations.
- Train each individual to the level which they have set for themselves, to the best of their potential and interest.
With these goals in mind, we developed a step-wise approach within both field as well as animal care operations. Each step is designed to build upon the previous step, in terms of knowledge, development of skills, and experience. The program is built upon the understanding that there are many common concepts and skills across the different streams (hazing, wildlife recovery, field stabilization, and care and processing). With this in mind, more introductory trainings can be attended by both field-focused as well as animal care-focused responders, rather than separating each stream into different tracks. By capitalizing on common concepts, we believe that this accomplishes 2 main goals:
- Makes training more efficient (instead of each stream lead teaching the same information to each separate group).
- Contributes to a more unified training program overall, as well as helping to develop cross-training and networking between the different stream members.
Earlier this month Curt announced the roll-out of the new Core Webinars that are
available for watching through your Responder Profile in Better Impact. These 3 Core Webinars are interactive and present new information, with only the first (Overview) being a review of past material. As such, we are giving credit for this first new offering to those responders that have already taken the old Overview and Effects of Oil on Wildlife webinars. We do ask, however, that you watch the other two webinars, as they contain new information and provide a foundation for understanding the next levels of training.
The next tier of trainings, entitled Basic Responder, is a one day in-person training. We will begin those trainings in 2017, and plan on having several throughout California. In addition, we will also be delivering the Oiled Wildlife Response Specialist training, which is a two day in-person training. The final tier in this new training system will be a Manager Training, which we plan on also rolling out in 2017. We will be giving you more information on each of these trainings soon!
Thank you for your continued support, involvement, and patience as we roll out our new training program. Stay tuned for announcements of the in-person trainings in your area starting in early 2017. Hope to see all of you at a future training!