As you may remember the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) launched a new training program in the Fall of 2016. Since then, we have been working hard to develop the program so that it meets the stated goals of:
1) Develop a team of oiled wildlife responders that have the knowledge, skills, experience, and attitude (cohesion, trust, confidence in each other and the team) to provide the best achievable capture and care during an oiled wildlife response.
2) Promote enthusiasm and continued engagement and commitment of individuals from all OWCN member organizations.
3) Train each individual to the level which they have set for themselves, to the best of their potential and interest.
Over the past two years, over 550 personnel have completed the “Core” webinar series and OWCN staff have traveled all over California presenting one day in-person Basic Responder Trainings to over 250 people. What this means is that OWCN and our Member Organizations are ready to move on to the next level up on the training pyramid!
So we are looking forward to the big debut of the Oiled Wildlife Specialist Training next week. This level is a two day in-person workshop for individuals with moderate to advanced experience working with the species cared for by their Member Organization. It is intended to give participants a deeper understanding of spill response operations, broaden the applicability of responders’ existing skills and increase consistency between responders. For further information regarding future Oiled Wildlife Specialist training opportunities, please refer to the “Opportunities” section of your OWCN Responder Profile.
The workshop has been organized into five specialization areas for personnel to choose from:
- Recovery & Hazing Specialist: Field Operations
- Field Stabilization Specialist
- Intake & Processing Specialist
- Pre-Wash Care Specialist
- Cleaning & Conditioning Specialist
We are pleased to announce that the first Oiled Wildlife Specialist training is going to be well-attended with at least one responder from all five California Department of Fish & Wildlife regions that represent ten different Member Organizations! We are expecting 27 participants: 9 for Field Operations, 5 for Field Stabilization, 5 for Intake & Processing, 3 for Pre-Wash Care and 5 for Cleaning & Conditioning.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone next week and finally launching the Oiled Wildlife Specialist training!