Oiled Sea Otter Rehabilitation Course

Administrative Policies

Business Hours

IWR does not have regular business hours because of the unpredictable occurrence of oil spills. You probably have indicated that you are willing to have your name placed on a roster of Professional and Technical Experts. In the event of a spill, you may be called to respond as quickly as possible. IWR will provide transportation to and from locations and meals and lodging when working at temporary camps where commercial facilities are unavailable. When not provided by IWR, reasonable costs for meals, lodging, and transportation will be reimbursed to employees who are located at work sites more than fifty (50) miles from their homes.

Your particular hours of work and the scheduling of your lunch period will be determined and assigned by your supervisor. Most workers are assigned to work a forty (40) hour work week.

Confidential Information

The nature of wildlife rehabilitation often requires confidentiality or discreteness by the rehabilitators because erroneous, incomplete, or misleading information can result in unnecessary public concern. Its not that wildlife rehabilitation is a secretive activity, but individuals working in the rehabilitation facilities may not have the complete picture of the entire operation. An inappropriate or erroneous remark, if taken up by the media, can damage the rehabilitation program. Your work with IWR assumes an obligation to maintain confidentiality and discreteness. If you are questioned by someone outside the rehabilitation center during an oil spill and you are concerned about the appropriateness of giving them certain information, remember that you are not required to answer, and that we do not wish you to do so. Instead, as politely as possible, refer the request to your supervisor.

Even though you have access to confidential information, no one is permitted to remove or make copies of any IWR records, reports or documents without prior management approval.

Driver’s License & Driving Record

Project workers whose work requires operation of a motor vehicle must present and maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to our insurer. You will be asked to submit a copy of your driving record to IWR during an oil spill response.

Harassment Policy

IWR intends to provide a work environment that is free from intimidation, hostility or other offenses which might interfere with work performance. Harassment of any sort – verbal, physical, visual – will not be tolerated.

What Is Harassment?

Harassment can take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to: words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, physical contact, or violence. Harassment is not necessarily sexual in nature.

Sexually harassing conduct may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or any other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature that prevents an individual from effectively performing the duties of their position or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, or when such conduct is made a condition of employment or compensation, either implicitly or explicitly.


All people associated with this IWR project, and particularly supervisors, have a responsibility for keeping our work environment free of harassment. Anyone who becomes aware of an incident of harassment, whether by witnessing the incident or being told of it, should report it to their immediate supervisor or any IWR officer with whom they feel comfortable. When management becomes aware that harassment might exist, it is obligated by law to take prompt and appropriate action, whether or not the victim wants the company to do so.


Any incidents of harassment should be immediately reported to your supervisor or an IWR officer. Appropriate investigation and disciplinary action will be taken. All reports will be promptly investigated with due regard for the privacy of everyone involved. Anyone found to have harassed a fellow project worker or subordinate will be subject to discharge. IWR will also take any additional action necessary to appropriately remedy the situation. No adverse action will be taken against anyone for making a good faith report of alleged harassment.

Security Checks

IWR may exercise its right to inspect all packages and parcels entering and leaving our premises.

We Need Your Ideas

We believe the person doing a job is in the best position to think of ways of doing it more easily, more efficiently, and more effectively. If you think of a better way of doing your job or the project, discuss it with your supervisor or an IWR officer, who will welcome your suggestions and ideas.

Remember, there may be areas in IWR’s operation that can be improved. These could be in veterinary care, husbandry, equipment, communications, safety, or other improvements you may see a need for. Please give us the benefit of your unique experience and thoughts. Your contributions, as well as those of others, could improve the care of oiled wildlife!