2023 Oiled Wildlife Volunteer HAZWOPER Refresher Training – Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2023 HAZWOPER Refresher for oiled wildlife volunteers. 


We are happy to be able to offer the HAZWOPER training for oiled wildlife volunteers once again. This year’s format will be a combination of virtual learning and in-person workshop. Here’s how it works:

  • Register for the class below.
  • You will get a link to the videos as confirmation of your registration.
  • You must watch each video below and pass all quizzes with a score of at least 80% prior to attending the in-person training.
  • On Saturday, October 14, 2023, attend the live session workshop to be held at the Everett Community College from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (lunch will be provided). Additional information is on the page with the videos and a reminder email will be sent weeks prior to the live session.

You must watch each video below and pass all quizzes with a score of at least 80% prior to attending the in-person training on Saturday, October 14, 2023 to receive the 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher certificate.


2023 Oiled Wildlife HAZWOPER Training Registration

Habitat Strategic Initiative Grant Program Webinar: Pilot Program – “Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support” Training

Are you interested in how to use training and development opportunities to connect volunteer organizations with agencies and others that can use them in an emergency?

Each year, over 20 billion gallons of oil and other hazardous chemicals are transported in the Puget Sound.  Trained volunteers can support spill response and assessment led by local and state agencies. The Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support (OSARS) training was designed to engage and prepare volunteer organizations to assist with oil spills in the Puget Sound region. This pilot program has helped to determine how to best connect volunteer organizations to oil spill response leads through expert-led trainings.  With continued OSARS trainings, diverse volunteer organizations can help build a network to support the coordinated agency response to oil spill emergencies.

Join the Habitat Strategic Initiative and Washington State University Extension on December 16th, 2020 at 1pm to learn more about the OSARS pilot program and the novel approach to connecting volunteer organizations with local and state emergency response agencies. For a project summary, check out the Project Factsheet.

Webinar Details

December 16th, 2020 at 1pm

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only): (206) 809-2214

Phone Conference ID: 144 532 092#

Project leads

Dr. Patricia Townsend is an Extension Specialist for Washington State University (WSU) and directs the Natural Resource Programs at Snohomish County Extension including Beach Watchers, Sustainable Community Stewards, and Promotores del Medio Ambiente. Patricia also works with stakeholders throughout the Pacific Northwest on issues related to climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, ecosystem services, and green infrastructure. Patricia received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and a M.S. from the University of Florida.

Associate Professor and Natural Resources Regional Extension Specialist

Snohomish County Extension

Urban Natural Resources Specialist

Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension

Washington State University

Snohomish County WSU Extension

(425) 357-6020


Jonathan Robinson is the Beach Watcher Program Coordinator for Washington State University (WSU) Extension in Snohomish County.  In this position he oversees volunteers that are dedicated to protecting the Salish Sea through education, research and stewardship.  Jonathan received his M.S. from Western Washington University and B.A from University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Beach Watchers Program Coordinator

Washington State University Snohomish County Extension


(425) 357-6008

This project is associated with NTA 2016-0315

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement PC-01J22301 through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

Please contact Jennifer Griffiths (jennifer.griffiths@dfw .wa.gov) or Cynthia Catton (cynthia.catton@dnr.wa.gov) with general questions regarding the Habitat Strategic Initiative and Cynthia Harbison (cynthia.harbison@dfw.wa.gov) regarding the webinar. Follow the work of all the Strategic Initiatives on our blog.

Oil Spill Awareness and Support Training – Register Now!

Oil Spill Awareness and Response Support (OSARS) Volunteers
September 19 & 26, 2020  (Download the OSARS Training Flyer) | Click to Register 

OSARS Volunteers is designed to engage and prepare volunteers to assist with oil spills in the Puget Sound region. Each year, over 20 billion gallons of oil and other hazardous chemicals are transported in Puget sound. Trained volunteers can support spill response and assessment.


We want to recruit volunteers from organizations around Puget Sound. These include WSU Beach Watchers, Beach Naturalists and Shore Stewards, MRC, Audubon Society, COASST, PAWS, and many more. Volunteers from diverse organizations will help build a network to respond to an oil spill emergency.

When & Where
The program will occur on September 19 and 26, 2020 and will meet on-line via Zoom. Registration ends September 17th, for information visit: http://extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/naturalresources/osars/
Please register before August 24th to receive a $15 discount!

For more information contact Patricia Townsend (patricia.townsend@wsu.edu)

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Jonathan Robinson at (425) 357-6008 or jonathan.w.robinson@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.