[MARMAM] last volunteer positions for Berau Cetacean Monitoring (Indonesia) available 30 May-10 June & new positions opened 19 -30 Sept 2017

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 3 20:50:03 PST 2017

Hello Everyone!

The Conservation Foundation for Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia is offering
positions for motivated volunteers and/or students to engage in the Berau
large marine vertebrates program. 1-2 positions are available for 30 May-10
June and 4-5 positions for 19-30 September 2017. This long-term program
(since 2007) 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 and engaging local communities in sustainable handycraft and
ecotourism activities, part of the conservation program includes a
long-term monitoring program of large marine vertebrates in the area. Surveys
are being conducted by the local NGO Yayasan Konservasi RASI (under
guidance of Dr. Danielle Kreb and Ir. Budiono. The research team involves
experienced RASI staff, local students, as well as local and overseas
(student) volunteers. Volunteers are welcome to join the program for 12
days and conduct an eight-days boat-based monitoring survey in the
beautiful and protected landscape of the Berau archipelago.We will collect
data to determine relative abundance, assessing seasonal species diversity
and site fidelity as well as habitat usage of large marine vertebrates.
Besides photo-id collection of cetaceans, we will also take photo-id of
whale sharks. For 2017 we will focus our monitoring effort on three areas
(Derawan, Maratua, Biduk-Biduk) that are assigned as ecotourism area to
assess long-term distribution patterns and recommendations to local
governments based on megavertebrates distribution/ activity patterns. We
also conduct coral reef monitoring at several locations during the survey
days by snorkling. Cetacean species directly encountered during the surveys
so far include, (dwarf)spinner-, spotted-, Fraser’s-, Risso’s-,
rough-toothed-,long-beaked common dolphins as well as common bottlenose and
Indo-Pacific bottlenose-dolphins, Irrawaddy and Indo-Pacific humpback
dolphins, dwarf sperm whale-, melon-headed- and false killer whales,
sperm-, fin- and humpback whales..Volunteers will have the opportunity to
learn theory and practice of Reefcheck monitoring for the Indo-Pacific. We
also include the opportunity to do recreational things such as snorkling in
the stingless jelly fish lake of Kakaban, visiting caves in Maratua Island,
exploring the famous Mirror lake (Labuan Cermin), Angel waterfall (Air
Terjun Bidadari), snorkling near Manta Rays and/or whale sharks following
good practice protocols.

Date: 30 May -10 June 2017 & 19-30 September 2017

Deadline for applying (May-June Survey): 10 March 2017. Selected candidates
will be notified by 12 March 2017. For the October survey, first applying
suitable candidates will be prioritized until all positions are filled. Day
by day schedule, qualifications for volunteers and costs involved (10%
discount to students at all degrees or finished no longer than one year
after their degree) can be downloaded from a flyer posted on our website
at: http://www.ykrasi.org/coastal.html. (click ' read more about this
volunteer opportunity').

We are looking forward to your participation!

Regards, Danielle and Budiono
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
Facebook group/page: Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia

Member of IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group

*“To the dolphin alone, nature has given that which the best*
*philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage. Though it has no*
*need of help from any man, it is a genial friend to all and has helped
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