[MARMAM] volunteer/ internship opportunity in marine vertebrate monitoring in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, April, May, Oct 2015

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 11 18:05:18 PST 2015

 Dear all,

We are looking for motivated volunteers/ students that are willing to
engage in the Berau marine vertebrates 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, trained local fishermen as
well as local and overseas (student) volunteers. We are looking for
motivated volunteers/ students that are willing to engage in the program
through a seven or 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


18-28 April; 17-28 Mai; 12-23 October 2015 (spaces available for 4
volunteers for each survey)

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!

Sampai jumpa, Danielle & 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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