Field Work Basics & Mountain Safety
Safe practices on the work site, whether on the mountain, in the greenhouse, or in the garden, are critical for effective watershed work. These topics ensure we minimize impacts to the land, but more importantly, to ourselves so we can continue our work tomorrow and in the years ahead.
Many conservation actions require specialized knowledge and additional training, such as using machinery, applying certain pesticides, and working with helicopters. Here we outline recommended and required courses for these situations and who provides them.
The use maps and GPS are ubiquitous for field-based conservation work. These tools not only help us find where we're going and the way back home, but are also a key part of documenting and assessing our work.
Do you manage volunteers? Or are you yourself volunteering for a day of field work? These resources outline the basics of what gear volunteers should bring and/or be provided to ensure a safe work day.
Other resources for field work
Checklist of "standard" field equipment
First Aid Kits
Standard Hand Tools
Footwear & Spikes
Backpacks & Boots
Outplanting & Phytosanitation
Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) Protocols
Special Cases - Incipient Weeds
Handsaws & Machetes
Pesticide Applicator's License
Helicopter Safety & Courses
Map & Compass (for when digital fails)
Wilderness First Aid
Basics for Volunteers
Volunteer Forms (Templates)