That’s the question the U.S. Department of Justice is now asking. As first reported by ProPublica, DOJ has posted job position notices for “experienced attorneys” with “outstanding academic records and superior legal research and writing skills.” The compensation? Zero, zilch, nada.
The Forest Service has been treading down this path for some time. Instead of paying family wages for woods work, the FS mobilizes volunteers, high school students (who pay a tuition fee for the “experience” of clearing trails), and convicts to get the job done.