[MARMAM] LATE CALL: new position open for volunteers in for Berau Marine Mega Vertebrates Monitoring Project 3-14 October 2016

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 24 06:36:47 PDT 2016

ear all,

We have one to two volunteer positions open for our large marine vertebrate
survey in the Marine Park of Derawan Islands, Berau, East Kalimantan. The
position is for 3-14 October 2016. The program 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.  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 (student) volunteers. 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 marine vertebrates. Underwater
photo-id will be taken of whale sharks as well. Through earlier surveys it
was found that the highest relative abundance of cetaceans was within 5km
radius of islands or reefs, and therefore we also conduct coral reef
monitoring at several locations by snorkeling to asses its health.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn theory and practice of
Reefcheck monitoring for the Indo-Pacific.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.

Day by day schedule

(sequence of days can change based on sea conditions):

Day 1. Fly from Balikpapan-Berau, by road &boat to Maratua Island--
Evening: brief introduction of the program goals, past, present and future
research and conservation activities,

Day 2. Morning: Theoretical introduction in survey techniques and cetacean
species identification.Theory of reefcheck indicators for the Indo-Pacific
belt. Reef snorkling will be done on almost all two-hour mid-afternoon
breaks. Afternoon: Visiting caves on Maratua for those interested

Day 3. Boat survey around Kakaban Island with mid-day break at Kakaban Lake
to swim among stingless jelly fish.

Day 4. Boat survey along East Muaras Island (whale territory), overnight
onboard at Blambangan Island

Day 5.Boat survey around Bilang-bilangan and Mataha Islands, overnight at
Mataha Island

Day 6. Boat survey to Pulau Balikukup and return to Mataha Island.

Day 7. Boat survey to Bilang-bilangan Islands and Biduk-biduk, stay
overnight in Biduk-biduk.

Day 8. Boat survey around Kaniungan Island-Sulaiman Bay- Mangkalihat
Peninsula, overnight at Biduk-biduk.

Day 9. Early morning swim in Mirror Lake. Afterwards start boat survey to
southern Big Reef Island and Talisayan

Day 10. Early morning, whale shark photo-id collection by snorkling,
continue survey to Derawan

Day 11.Resting day at Derawan Island. Free to go diving or snorkling at own

Day 12. Return by speedboat and car to Berau and fly to Balikpapan

Volunteer requirements:

- Experienced in observing with binoculars

- Motivated and physically healthy/ strong

- Capable of swimming/ snorkling

- Possesses a (travel)health/ accident insurance

For this particular survey in October we offer a special discount price of
IDR 10.000.000 (c. 750 USD) for students at all levels who have not
graduated longer than one year. This fee will cover basic accomodation/
food/snorkling/ transport (boats & domestic return flights
Balikpapan-Berau) but excluding hotel/food in Balikpapan/airport:

Please send your motivation and brief CV to:
Danielle Kreb (Ph.D.)
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
E-mail: yk.rasi at gmail.com
Facebook group/page: Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia

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