In today’s episode, we tackle a problem every young conservationist faces in their career: unpaid labor and volunteer “internships.” We discuss why unpaid labor is more and more anachronistic in a time of student loans and economic hardship for young professionals, and how failing to pay your field assistants compromises the quality of their work and your project.

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Read today's featured news articles:
On shearwaters and petrels in Hawaii:

On another seizure of smuggled pangolin scales and elephant tusks:

Read the Mongabay article covering today's topic with some real-world examples:

And a thought-provoking blog post on the troubling trend of so-called researchers disguising tourism as conservation:

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