Since 2001, the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program has worked to create diversity and stimulate interest in Fisheries Science and Aquatic Resource Management through recruiting high school students from underrepresented backgrounds within the fisheries professional.

Not sure what to expect this summer?

Here is a list a some activities you may be involved in this summer:

  • Stream sampling
  • Seining
  • Electrofishing
  • Fish tagging and tracking
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Public education
  • Angler surveys
  • Laboratory analyses of fish to determine age and growth

*Students will never be unaccompanied in the field. Mentors are required to have all students paired with a field crew to participate and complete field work.

Program Requirements for Selected Scholars:

Students selected for the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program are expected to accomplish ALL requirements to successfully complete the program.

  1. The student, parent or guardian, and mentor are required to meet soon after notification to discuss duties, responsibilities, and the summer schedule. 
  2. Students must return to the AFS Educational Program Coordinator  acceptance forms signed by the student, parent or guardian, and mentor
  3. Students must complete eight weeks and full-time hours of 40-hour per week for the Hutton Program
  4. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the work site.
    **Travel and other expenses associated with fieldwork are borne by the mentor’s organization**
  5. Complete and submit bi-weekly time-sheets, signed by student and mentor
  6. Students are required to provide written reports: a mid-summer report and a final report at the close of the program
  7. Complete end of program evaluation and assessment

If at any time during the summer program the student does not abide by the agreement made between student, parents, and mentor, AFS reserves the right to drop the student from the program and withhold the remaining scholarship funds.

Mentor-Scholar Matching:

Selected Hutton Scholars will be paired with a fisheries professional within a 30-45 minute commute from the student’s home. Students may work with more than one “mentor” over the course of their internship with their host agency, organization or institution. Hutton Scholars are placed within federal agencies, state agencies, college and universities as well as private companies. 

While it is not required, if you have been recruited into the program or know a mentor you may want to work with, please indicate the potential mentor/host on your student online application.