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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  • Forestery Tech IV – VI: Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Responsible for data collection and analysis of multiple forestry management information gathering projects for assigned area(s) or sections, prepare and present reports on findings. Duties include supervision and training of support staff assigned on a permanent or temporary basis. Establish and maintain an effective system of communications within the organization, and establish and […]

  • Forester III or IV – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Performs Timber Sales Administration duties that will assure that proper logging methods are utilized on timber sales and that the logging is conducted as stipulated by the Environmental Assessment and Inter Disciplinary Team process through contract/permit and logging plan development. Documents sale progress and issues through written inspection reports. Download Application

  • Fisheries Enforcement Officer – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings This position will provide enforcement patrols of the areas that the QIN regulates for hunting for tribal members, both on and off the reservation. Download Application

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    This weekend’s predicted storms could be bad news for future salmon runs. Coho and chinook salmon, which are now entering streams and rivers throughout the region, will have a hard few days because of increased polluted stormwater runoff throughout the region. Impervious surfaces such as roads and parking lots keep water from infiltrating the ground, […]
  • Data Drives Fisheries Management
    Cautious pre-season planning and careful in-season management by the tribal and state co-managers are paying off this fall with limited tribal and sport coho fisheries for surplus hatchery fish. Drought and other effects of climate change – combined with low out-migration of juvenile fish and poor salmon food supplies in the ocean – resulted in […]
  • State of Our Watersheds: Lower Skagit not meeting temperature goals
    The Lower Skagit River will not be in compliance with the state’s Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) plan by 2080, according to the State of Our Watersheds Report released by the tribes of the NWIFC. The TMDL is a planning tool to implement the Clean Water Act. It includes a voluntary plan for reducing stream […]