[MARMAM] One volunteer position available for Derawan marine park research in August (14-25) & October (12-23) surveys

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 24 19:38:56 PDT 2015

Dear all,

This is a finall call for volunteers to join the Berau marine vertebrates
conservation program, which aims to protect a high diversity of large
marine vertebrates including cetaceans, turtles, whale sharks and manta
rays in the Marine Park of Derawan Archipelago, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Besides raising awareness, engaging local communities in sustainable
handycraft and ecotourism activities, part of the conservation program
includes a long-term monitoring program of marine vertebrates in the
area. Surveys
are being conducted by the local NGO Yayasan Konservasi RASI (Conservation
Foundation for Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia) under guidance of Dr.
Danielle Kreb and Ir. Budiono. The research team involves experienced RASI
staff as well as local and overseas students and/or volunteers. We are
looking for motivated volunteers and/or students that are willing to engage
in the program through an eight-days monitoring survey in the beautiful
landscape of the Berau archipelago.We will collect data to
determine relative abundance, core area mapping, assessing seasonal species
diversity and site fidelity as well as habitat usage of large mafine
vertebrates. Through earlier surveys it was found that the highest relative
abundance of ceteaceans was within 5km radius of islands or reefs, and
therefore we also conduct coral reef monitoring at several locations by
snorkling to asses its health. Volunteers will have the opportunity to
learn theory and practice of Reefcheck monitoring for the Indo-Pacific
taught by a certified ecodiver that will join the survey.There will be an
opportunity to do recreational things such as snorkling in the stingless
jelly fish lake of Kakaban and snorkling near Manta Rays and/or whale
sharks following good practice protocols.  Underwater photo-id will be
attempted as well of whale sharks..


14-25 August (1 position left); 12-23 October 2015 (1 position left).
Selections will be made until 10 May 2015.

Day by day schedule, qualifications for volunteers and costs involved can
be downloaded from a flyer posted on our website at:

We are looking forward to your participation!

Regards, Danielle and Budiono


Danielle Kreb (Ph.D.)

Member of IUCN/SSC/Cetacean Specialist Group

Scientific Program Advisor

Yayasan Konservasi RASI

Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia

Komplek Pandan Harum Indah

(Erlyza) Blok C, No. 52

Samarinda 75124

Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

Tel/ fax: + 62.541.744874

Mobile: 081346489515


Facebook group/page: Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia
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