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: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/08/a-rich-persons-profession-young-conservationists-struggle-to-make-it/?fbclid=IwAR2sU1-THn2sx717n9qW6_PKhh_f18IxE8bDnK3uv43vhDuofyaIWDVDgkg
And a thought-provoking blog post on the troubling trend of so-called researchers disguising tourism as conservation: http://www.jamesborrell.com/why-volunteering-with-animals-does-nothing-for-conservation/?fbclid=IwAR3_QbDe0LZVz_iaZmiVxvCO9YNpWhJAqt0HglkwhZLhqZ1yNWzfzVI_68o
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