Conservation managers with the responsibility of working with volunteer programs.
Summary and Objectives:
Volunteers can play a critical factor in meeting the management objectives of the FWS. Participants in this course learn to develop and maintain strong volunteer and group service programs. Discussion explores the benefits and challenges of working with volunteers. Examples of resident and non-resident volunteer programs throughout the FWS are also discussed.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify appropriate applications of a volunteer program at your site.
- Describe strategies for recruiting and maintaining volunteer staff.
- Determine appropriate methods of training and supervising volunteer staff.
- Suggest ways of integrating volunteers with paid staff.
- Discuss incentives and benefits for volunteers.
- Outline techniques that provide involvement, build morale and promote team building.
- List examples of group service projects.
- Discuss the use of internships to meet the objectives of organizational programs.