[MARMAM] Eco-volunteers positions available for large marine vertebrates surveys in Berau, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, 2016

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 12 19:29:08 PST 2016

Dear all,

We are looking for motivated volunteers and/or 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, as well as local and
overseas (student) volunteers. We are looking for motivated volunteers 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 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
snorkling 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.  .


24 April-5 May; 13 June-24 June;3-14 October 2016

 Deadlines for the April and June surveys are 31 January and 15 March 2016.

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

Mobile: 081346489515


Facebook group/page: Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia
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