The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) is a natural resources management support service organization for 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. Headquartered in Olympia, the NWIFC employs approximately 65 people with satellite offices in Burlington and Forks.

NWIFC member tribes are: Lummi, Nooksack, Swinomish, Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin Island, Skokomish, Suquamish, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Makah, Quileute, Quinault, and Hoh.

The NWIFC was created following the 1974 U.S. v. Washington ruling (Boldt Decision) that re-affirmed the tribes’ treaty-reserved fishing rights. The ruling established them as natural resources co-managers with the State of Washington with an equal share of the harvestable number of salmon returning annually.

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  • Director of Natural Resources – Hoh Indian Tribe

    The Director of Natural Resources (DNR) assumes primary responsibility for environmental policy and implementation of the DNR mission. The Director oversees all natural resource related activities for the Hoh Tribe including fish and wildlife management, treaty rights protection, salmon recovery, habitat protection and restoration, water resource management, tribal development and environmental policy analysis and implementation. Incumbent serves as the liaison between Tribe and other tribal, local, …

  • Field Biologist I – Upper Skagit Indian Tribe

    Upper Skagit Field Biologist I Announcement (PDF)

    The primary function of the Project Biologist will be to assist in juvenile O. mykiss survival and emigration study. The position will conduct capture-recapture/resighting surveys and habitat assessments, maintain PIT antenna arrays, enter data and assist in analysis and reporting. For field activities, the position will require someone with backpack electrofishing experience, familiarity in smolt trap operation, and who …

  • Shellfish Biologist – Skokomish Indian Tribe

    Skokomish Shellfish Biologist Posting (PDF)

    This position will manage the Skokomish Tribe’s private tideland shellfish program, conduct intertidal shellfish and sub-tidal geoduck surveys, provide technical advice and assistance to the Assistant Director and Fish Committee, provide analysis of complex shellfish issues and provide the services necessary to maintain, perpetuate, and enhance the Tribe’s Treaty guaranteed shellfish resources. Conduct inter-tidal shellfish population surveys. Conduct sub-tidal geoduck population …

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    Statement from Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, on today’s historic decision in the culvert case: “This is a great day for salmon, tribal treaty rights and everyone who lives here. Fixing fish-blocking culverts is one of the most cost-effective steps that can be taken to recover salmon,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair […]
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Preps for Potential Natural Disasters
    The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is proactively preparing for natural disasters and sea level rise. Instead of reacting to a natural event that could severely damage the reservation, the tribe has hired engineers and scientists to gather information about its current state, including the shoreline bluff. “Over the years, tribal members living along the shoreline […]
  • Swinomish wins climate award
    The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community recently received the The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for planning and implementation of climate change adaptation. The Swinomish Climate Change Initiative began in 2008 and assessed local impacts, identified vulnerabilities and prioritized planning areas and actions to address the possible effects of climate change. We wrote about the project last […]