From safety courses to ABMI specific data collection protocols, we invest a considerable amount of time and energy training technologists to ensure they have a safe and fun field season! Training takes place at both our central bases prior to sending technologists out to collect data.
Prior to the field season, we expect all technologists to have completed Standard First Aid, Defensive Driving (online), WHIMIS (online) and other training courses that can be completed remotely. The cost of these courses is reimbursed following the start of the field season or paid in advance depending on the course. The first couple weeks of May are devoted to safety and basic training, including but not limited to ATV Training, Wilderness First Aid certifications, truck and trailer SWPs (Safe Work Procedures), and compass and GPS use. All safety gear (bear spray, first aid kits, etc.) is provided.
Subsequent training covers ABMI specific data collection protocols. Training takes place in the classroom, online and in the field. Accurate data collection is a central aspect of the summer field technologist’s role, and we ensure that technologists are comfortable with all protocols before heading into the field for their first day of data collection. All field collection equipment is also provided, such as backpacks, compass, and camping essentials. For more information on the data collection protocols performed by field staff, please see the “Field Data Collection Programs” section.