We wanted to update the Network on a few upcoming OWCN training opportunities, including an updated date for our fall Oiled Wildlife Specialist Training.
On Thursday, September 20th we will be holding a Basic Responder Training (BRT) at the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center in San Pedro, CA. This one-day, in-person class will cover common concepts and skills applicable across all areas of wildlife response. The elements are designed to help participants navigate spill response in a prepared manner (i.e. animal handling, spill structure).
On Tuesday, September 25th through Thursday, September 27th we will be holding a 24hr HAZWOPER Training at Project Wildlife – San Diego Humane Society in San Diego, CA. This three-day course is taught by our colleagues at CDFW-OSPR, and is an OSHA health and safety requirement for working in the hot zone during oil spill response. It is required to fill certain OWCN positions within Wildlife Recovery, Hazing, and Field Stabilization. It is also a prerequisite for some advanced training opportunities.
And last but not least, we we will holding an Oiled Wildlife Specialist Training on Tuesday, November 27th and Wednesday, November 28th at the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center in San Pedro, CA. This two-day class is for individuals with moderate to advanced hands-on experience related to at least one aspect of oiled wildlife response. It is open both to species specialists and multi-species responders, and is intended to give participants a deeper understanding of spill response operations, broaden the applicability of the responder’s existing skills, and increase consistency between responders.
If you are currently an active OWCN responder, you can sign up for any of these courses (as long as you have complete the prerequisites) online via you responder profile at myvolunteerpage.com