The original question was about "medical screening" to become a volunteer. When one is to volunteer in a park, then a background check has been pretty standard for a long time, at least it has in our experience over the past 12 years. Our first such request was from Monterey Co. Parks Dept. in 2000 when we volunteered at Toro Regional Park
. For most employment situations, a drug test and frequently a physical have been common place for much longer than that. I was required to pass a physical in order to be employed by 3M, back in 1968. I don't think that I had a drug test as part of that, but since a urine sample is a common part of a physical, it may be that I was checked. They didn't have to tell us every detail, back then like they do today.
What seems to be a lot different is on the volunteer side and probably to a large degree for temporary employees as well. It is easy to understand the need for physicals if you are to receive health care and other long term benefits, but temp's and volunteers don't get much more than some form of Worker's Comp. Background checks have become pretty standard for anyone who is to work with children, even in the stick-n-brick world. We spent 18 years as Boy Scout leaders back in the 70's & 80's and we saw such investigations come into use at BSA and understand the need, but we just became involved once more about two months ago and this issue had grown but they still did not require any sort of medical or drug screening. EDIT:
I just visited the San Diego Co. Parks website and found the following information:
For additional information, contact Cheryl Wegner at 858-966-1335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- A background check is required for most County Parks and Recreation volunteer positions
- A medical screening is required for most County Parks and Recreation volunteer positions
- Training is provided for all volunteer positions, and work records are maintained
- Some positions require extensive training
I also sent an email to Cheryl Wegner to let her know of our questions and ask for some further information. I'll post her response.
Edited by Kirk, 29 April 2012 - 06:38 AM.