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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    Download Announcement The position will utilize principles of fishery science, population dynamics, statistics, sampling theory, and experimental design while functioning as the project manager for the Walla Walla River Basin Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) project. The individual will be responsible for managing the implementation of salmonid M&E staff and funding contracts in a manner consistent with […]

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    Download Openings Responsible for scoping, initiating and implementing a long-term monitoring program for the Quinault Indian Nation reservation shoreline. The Quinault reservation has approximately 27 miles of coastline of varying habitat types. The Quinault Indian Nation requires establishment of baseline habitat and species monitoring that can be used to determine long-term and short-term changes and […]

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    Download Openings Administrative position responsible for assisting with all areas in the administration of QDNR, including: Procurement, Reception, Records Management, Permits Office, Enrollment, support to the Director and Deputy Director and providing support to other areas within QDNR as needed. This position will provide support using judgment and training in the application of a variety […]

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