Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring
   



Volunteers can be an extremely useful resource, but you never get anything for free.They need to be treated with respect, both in terms of their abilities and interests, and provided with adequate training and equipment.

The primary responsibilities will stay with whoever designs the program to ensure that the work is sound and that all the necessary QA/QC issues are in place.You cannot expect to use volunteers as a cheap substitute for professional assistance, but if they are part of a broader strategy of education, communication, and ownership of issues they can be invaluable. Well-trained volunteers can provide good quality data, not necessarily at the same level of precision, but often appropriate to the kinds of questions you will ask in local government management. You pay for professionals because they already have the skills and knowledge you want; if you want to use volunteers you will probably have to provide that training. In addition you have to ensure that their enthusiasm and interest is maintained which will require a more committed relationship than working with consultants. Neither take them for granted nor dismiss them as useless. Volunteers can play a very useful role.


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