Fauna Spotter Catcher

FAUNA SPOTTER CATCHER PROGRAM

DESCRIPTION

This course is designed for Fauna Spotter Catchers (FSCs), Ecologists, Environmental Officers and others seeking to improve their fauna management and handling skills.

The course will prepare individuals to further their professional careers in a range of industries including mining, quarrying, petroleum and gas, land development, wildlife reserve management and disaster relief involving injured fauna in events such as bushfire, floods and oil spills.

The training outcomes will better prepare individuals in the areas of wildlife identification, restraint and relocation of injured and/or displaced fauna species, enhance professionalism, risk assessment and communication with peers, clients, government bodies and the media.

APPLICATION

The aim of this course is to provide the required knowledge and skills for Fauna Spotter Catchers, Ecologists, Environmental Officers and others to correctly manage and handle fauna.

DURATION

  • 3 days

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

  • AHCFAU301 Respond to wildlife emergencies

 COURSE CONTENT

  • History and overview of Spotter Catcher
  • PPE and operational requirements
  • Legislation, ethics and professionalism
  • Fauna catching and restraint
  • Fundamentals of venomous snakes
  • Birds (including kookaburras, cockatoos, geese, swans, pelicans, tawny frogmouths, red-collared and rainbow lorikeets, cassowaries and raptors)
  • First aid for bites, bleeds, breaks, blows and penetrations
  • Bats - identification, management, release and vaccinations

  • Catch and release:
    - Large mammals - kangaroos and emu's
    - Small mammals - koalas, wombats, echidnas, possums and rodents
    - Reptiles - frogs, lizards, iguanas and monitors
    - Goats
  • Euthanasia techniques
  • Data collection and reporting

PRE-REQUISITES

There are no formal pre-requisites for this program. However, participants should be in good general health with good hearing, eyesight and a level of physical fitness, agility and dexterity sufficient to engage in catching and relocating fauna. Good hand-eye coordination is essential and all participants should ensure they have current vaccinations.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is conducted by Risk Response + Rescue using evidence of skills and knowledge obtained throughout the program

CERTIFICATION

A Statement of Attainment listing individual units of competency will be issued to participants upon successful completion.

MAX COURSE SIZE

8 participants

COURSE MATERIAL

Each participant will receive a learner resource kit.