Early Career Professional Committee

Welcome to the Early Career Professional Committee of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society!

Mission Statement-

The mission of the Early Career Professional Committee is to promote the professional development of early career professionals (within five years of terminal graduation) through education, outreach, mentorship, and facilitating networking among early career professionals, students, and other professionals in fisheries science, and encouraging participation in the American Fisheries Society.


The committee has defined the following goals in support of the mission.

  1. Generate workshop topics, and solicit and collect professional development workshop proposals from the Western Division membership.
  2. Generate mentoring opportunities, provide access to mentorship resources, and facilitate discussions and activities between early career professionals and mentors.
  3. Facilitate networking between early career professionals, students, and professionals by organizing networking events.
  4. Facilitate early career professional involvement in the American Fisheries Society by encouraging active member participation, and by advocating on the member’s behalf for involvement with the American Fisheries Society.

Planned Activities-

The committee recently collected information about all the available opportunities for early career professionals in the Western Division at the chapter level.  This information should be made available on this website in the near future, so stay tuned!  The committee is also investigating acquiring a booth at the trade show and organizing an informal social for early career professionals to promote the committee and solicit feedback on how they can best serve early career professionals at the upcoming WDAFS annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

The committee is always looking for new members and would ideally like to have at least one member from each chapter in the WDAFS.  If you are looking to get involved with the American Fisheries Society this would be a great way to start!  If you are interested in joining the committee, want more information, or have ideas about what you would like to see from the Early Career Professional Committee contact Zach Beard zbeard@azgfd.gov.