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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  • Fisheries Biologist I – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Perform professional field, laboratory, or statistical fisheries management or research studies, using established scientific principles and techniques. Download Application

  • Tech III – Fish Culturist II – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled manual duties; perform and assist in performance of  fish hatchery functions including, but not limited to, trapping fish, spawn taking, incubating eggs and raising fish; maintenance of hatchery facilities, equipment, and grounds; assemble and repair nets for brood stocking and pen culture. Download Application

  • Fisheries Enforcement Officer – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Main duty will be fisheries enforcement. This is a law enforcement position and applicants are required to have the minimum qualifications required for all law enforcement positions by the Quinault Indian Nation. This position will provide enforcement patrols of the areas that the QIN regulates for hunting for tribal members, both on and […]

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