Junior Fisheries Biologist

Virginia Junior Fisheries Biologist Program

The goal of the Virginia Junior Fisheries Biologist Program is to provide practical field experience to students with interest in pursuing careers in fisheries science and aquatic resource management. Students are paired with a fisheries mentor from their local area to gain hands-on experience and to plan and execute a fisheries-related project. We are seeking motivated students that are available to participate full-time (32-40 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks during summer break. Students are provided with a scholarship, not to exceed $3,000, to be paid in three equal installments over the term of their participation, with the final installment paid after successful completion of their project. Application to the program is open to current 11th- and 12th-grade high school, community college, and four-year college students regardless of race, creed, sex, or economic background. Because a goal of the program is to increase diversity within the fisheries professions, groups underrepresented in our profession are especially encouraged to apply. 

A full description of the purpose and procedures of this program and the application requirements can be found in the downloadable application below.  Applications, transcripts and letters of recommendation should be emailed or mailed to the current Past President listed on our Officers page.

Download Application – fillable pdf*
Download Application – Word document

*Please note that the fillable pdf is best submitted electronically by email – if you wish to print and mail the fillable pdf, make sure all written responses are completely visible in the provided spaces (or include longer answers in a separate document).

Application Deadline:  January 21, 2022 (this includes all supporting materials)


 Please direct any questions regarding scholarships to the Past-President listed on our Officers page.