[MARMAM] internship/volunteer opportunities for turtle and cetacean conservation & monitoring in Indonesia-2018

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 1 20:01:12 PST 2018


Yayasan Konservasi RASI (Conservation for Rare Aquatic Species of
Indonesia) in collaboration with Konservasi Biota Laut Berau
(Association for the Protection of Marine Life in Berau) offer
internships for students but also volunteer opportunities for
non-students to take part in a long-term turtle and cetacean
monitoring and conservation program in East Kalimantan.

Project activities in a glimpse
The internship will take place on the two neighbouring islands Mataha
and Bilang-bilangan that lie 3 km apart. These islands are strict
conservation islands so all the activities must be conducted
accordingly. The internship focuses mostly on turtle conservation on
these islands (80% of time) while 20% of time is spent on cetacean &
manta monitoring around the islands. Volunteers should expect to work
at least 36h per week for the duties mentioned below.  During spare
time you may snorkel around the island and observe the turtles in the
water. Internships ideally are for a minimum of 1 month and maximum of
6 months. If you want stay shorter than one month we will need to
check availability of places.

General duties for program participants will include:
1)  Beach patrols for nesting turtles - patrols are undertaken each
night at varying hours and in the early morning. The patrols serve
several functions and may last between 4 - 6 hours. You can help
rangers with:
•	searching for nesting activity and nesting turtles;
•	searching for any evidence of nests hatching;
•	collecting data on nesting turtles and nesting events; data-entry
•	checking nests already laid;
•	searching for any turtle stranding, whether sick or dead;
•	looking out for illegal poachers on the beach and report them to the rangers.
•	Occasionally turtles lay their eggs in unsuitable places. In such
cases, rangers relocated the nest to a new site and the eggs are
carefully moved and re-buried. After the nest has hatched we do a
survey of the hatching success rate, which involves nest excavation
and analysis of the shells left.
2)  Collecting waste on the beach
3) 	Helping rangers in ranger’s house (repairing the house, cleaning,
cooking, making turtle souvenirs, teaching the local rangers English -
a group of about six people, adults and beginners)
4)  Dolphin transects will be followed once a week when weather
conditions are optimal including manta observations. During previous
surveys in this area, we have observed spinner and spotted dolphins,
common and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, melon-headed whales,
Fraser's dolphins

Volunteers are expected to fulfill certain requirements in order to
participate in our program. Work is extremely demanding, both at a
physical and mental level, and these requirements are just to ensure
that volunteers enjoy their experience in our project.
•	Need to be fit and motivated and enjoy working outdoors in warm and humid
•	Volunteers must be good swimmers, physically fit to walk long
distances on soft, sandy beaches and nature trails, working in all
weather conditions.
•	Be friendly and communicative, be able to work in a group with local
Indonesian rangers and live on the islands with only a few people,
mainly locals
•	A background in biology, wildlife conservation or similar fields is preferred
•	Previous experience in other sea turtle conservation projects is an advantage
•	Able to converse, receive and understand instructions in English.
Indonesian is an advantage but not necessary. On the island
conversations in English and Indonesian are the only accepted
•	Minimum age of 18
•	Travel insurance that covers health/ medical expenses (but be
careful because a lot of travel insurance don’t run in isolated
•	Being able to work in remote areas under extreme conditions
•	Flexibility to adapt to changing schedules as required and ability
to adapt to work at alternating nights shifts
•	No alcohol consumption is allowed.
•	Illegal drugs are not tolerated and any use will result in immediate
expulsion from the project.

How to obtain more information and/or apply:
You can obtain a more detailed flyer with information by sending us an
email (to addresses below) or check out website:www.ykrasi.org under
'coastal activities' (in text click 'read more about this volunteer

Please send an email to biota.laut1 at gmail.com;  hanka.sauria at seznam.cz
(Berly Daneil & Hana Svobodová) and cc to  yk.rasi at gmail.com (Danielle
Kreb & Budiono) with a motivation letter and CV. Also, please indicate
in which period you would like to participate.

The successful applicants will be notified no later than 2 weeks after
application. The project staff will do their best to attend your
preferences in terms of participation periods. We will notify you if
these are not available, to discuss alternatives.

Information about the organizations:

Konservasi Biota Laut Berau (Association for the Protection of Marine
Life in Berau) is an Indonesian organization which protect sea turtles
in Berau (Indonesia). The Czech biologist Hana Svobodová and Czech ZOO
gardens (ZOO Hodonín, ZOO Liberec, ZOO Ostrava) helps to run this
project. Director is Berly Daniel
Our vision: A future where sea turtles and their habitats are
sustainably protected, healthy, and safe from threat of extinction and
Our mission: To contribute to sea turtle conservation at our own
project sites by cooperating with local communities to create a future
where both sea turtles and people can survive.

Address: Jl. Mangga II, Gang Anunta No. 03, RT 11, Kel. Karang Ambon,
Kec. Tanjung Redeb, Kab. Berau, Indonesia
E-mail: biota.laut1 at gmail.com; hanka.sauria at seznam.cz (contact Hana Svobodová)

Collaborating partner: Yayasan Konservasi RASI (Rare Aquatic Species
of Indonesia)
Since 2018 BLB and RASI will work together on the conservation of the
two islands of Mataha and Bilang-bilangan. RASI has been established
as an Indonesian NGO in 2000 and has been running the Berau marine
vertebrates conservation program since 2007. Though this program RASI
aims to protect a high diversity of marine vertebrates including
cetaceans, turtles, whale sharks and manta rays in the Marine
Protected Area of Berau, 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.
Director is Budiono and scientific program manager is Danielle Kreb.

Address: Komplek Pandan Harum Indah Blok C 52, Samarinda, 75124,
Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia
Web: www.ykrasi.org; FB page & group: Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia
E-mail: yk.rasi at gmail.com (contact Danielle or 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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