[MARMAM] Two early fall volunteer positions left for cetacean monitoring in Berau, Indonesia-19 -30 Sept

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Sun May 21 22:52:32 PDT 2017

The Conservation Foundation for Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia is
offering l two final positions for motivated volunteers and/or students to
engage in the Berau large marine vertebrates program for period 19-30
September. 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.

Deadline for applying: 31 May 2017. For this 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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