Student Chapter of American Fisheries Society

Trout - by Alec Underwood

The American Fisheries Society UM student subunit is an ideal way to get involved, improve your college experience, advance your career goals and have fun. The organization is open to all students at UM. Being a subunit of the American Fisheries Society provides students with a way to learn more about local fisheries issues, make contacts with professionals, learn about current internships and job announcements, as well as get involved in fishing trips, river clean-up trips, and local stream restoration events. This upcoming year there will be a variety of exciting activities from river cleanup float trips, restoration projects, outreach activities, state fisheries conventions, as well as getting together as a group for fishing, fly-tying, and telling fish stories. We will have biweekly meetings with speakers, organize upcoming activities and discuss local issues in fisheries.

Who is involved?

The American Fisheries Society UM Student Subunit has members that range from Aquatic Wildlife Biology majors (who are interested in becoming fisheries professionals) to those who are simply interested in natural resources and the outdoors. 

How do I join?

It is easy, come to an upcoming meeting or contact an officer! Meetings are every other Thursday at 6:00pm in FOR 106. Ask to join our group on Instagram, or through Grizhub. For more information, email us at and get on the email list to receive job announcements and updates about group activities. There is no fee to join the UM AFS subunit. However, consider joining our parent organization, the American Fisheries Society. Students pay only $20/year for membership. Graduating soon? Young professionals pay only $40/year for the first three years after graduation. More information and benefits can be found on the American Fisheries Society website.

How much time is involved?

You can put in as much time as your schedule allows. But the more involved you are, the more you'll benefit from your membership.

Fisheries Job Boards

American Fisheries Society Website

Conservation Job Board

Society for Conservation Biology

National Wildlife Federation

Montana State AFS job board

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

MSU Student Chapter

*If you want to look for jobs nationally, helpful places include USA jobs, state AFS chapter websites, Texas A&M job board, and local fisheries agency websites.

Links to other regional fisheries websites

American Fisheries Society

Western Division of AFS

Montana AFS

MFWP – Fishing

Montana Trout Unlimited

Meetings and Events

UM AFS has meetings every other Thursday in FOR 106 at 6 pm, with varying activities (e.g., featured speaker and activities) current to fisheries-related issues. For more information email us at


President: Dalton Thunstrom
Vice President: Lars Rasmussen
Treasurer: Lauren Western
Education/Outreach Coordinator: Mason Wiggins
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Whiteley

Keep up with the latest news by joining our Facebook group or emailing to join our email list.

River cleanup group photo