With the fast approach of field season, we are reviewing and updating the orientation and training materials used by our field crews. In addition to a mass of information about CSU/CNHP policies and procedures and Natural Heritage Program methodology, we provide our crews with useful information about how to live and work safely in the great outdoors.
Topics covered include how to avoid or mitigate heat exhaustion, hypothermia, and altitude sickness, information about hazards such as lightning, hanta virus, ticks, and other wildlife, what to take into the field, and 4×4 driving tips. Field work can be the best job you’ve ever had, with a few common-sense precautions:
It will rain – so it’s nice to have waterproof clothing-
Be prepared for poor driving conditions – you may encounter sand, mud, snow, and wildlife-
And maybe chains, eh Peggy?
Choose a tent site carefully, more than just rain, snow, or hail could fall on it-
And always be sure to carry enough water!