Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a summer mentoring program for high school students sponsored by the American Fisheries Society. The principal goal of the Hutton Program is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups under-represented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women. Application to the program is open to all sophomore, junior, and senior high school students regardless of race, creed, or gender. Because the principal goal of the program is to increase diversity within the fisheries professions, preference will be given to qualified women and minority applicants. Students selected for the program are matched with a professional mentor in their area for a summer-long, hands-on experience in a marine or freshwater setting. A scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to each student accepted into the program.

GBRA/Hutton Scholarship

Student(s) Work Assignments:

  • Student will assist with water sample collections (use of a datasonde and other field equipment) and assist in preparation for these sampling events (12 + days).
  • Student will assist with bioassessments (use of a backpack electroshocker) which includes collection and identification of fish and benthics (7 days).
  • Student will be introduced to an environmental lab that analyzes water for water quality purposes and will assist with introductory lab work (daily).
  • Student will assist with any study/project that is pending or in progress (6 or more field opportunities).
  • Student will assist with data entry and will be introduced to a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)(daily).
  • Opportunities exist with lab tours and student and teacher workshops that occur during the summer (3-6 opportunities).
  • There will also be misc. lab tasks that will present themselves.
  • Hours are from 8-5, and on occasion, student may have to come in earlier and stay out after 5 p.m. due to remote locations of some of the sites.

Difficulty of fieldwork:

  • Student(s) will be outdoors during the summer heat and should be aware of the hazards of the outdoors including heat exhaustion, insect bites, snakes, poison ivy/oak etc. Safety training, safety vests and insect repellent are provided.
  • Student must be aware of the potential chemical hazards (acids/bases etc.) in the lab. Safety training, lab coats and eye protection will be provided.

Special Equipment/Requirements for Student:

  • Student must know how to swim and be aware of the potential hazards of the river with respect to rushing water, etc.
  • It is highly recommended for student to bring a backpack with extra socks, shorts, and a t-shirt, sunglasses, sweater & snacks. On days that field work lasts all day, lunch will be provided.
  • Student should possess basic computer skills.
  • Student will need to wear appropriate clothing while in the field (hiking boots/shorts etc.) GBRA will provide t-shirts.
  • Student will need to provide transportation to and from work.
  • Student should have a valid Texas Drivers license, with a good driving record.

For more information and to download the application form, visit the AFS page, or, contact:

Kathryn Winkler
Hutton Program Coordinator/Units Assistant
American Fisheries Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane
Suite 110
Bethesda MD 20814
(301) 897-8616 ext. 213
Fax (301) 897-8096
Email:

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