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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  • Finfish Technician – Skokomish Indian Tribe

    Download Vacancy Provides technical assistance to finfish program biologists.  During April through July, the individual will assist the Salmon/Steelhead Restoration Program Manager with a long-term steelhead supplementation project to be conducted within the Hood Canal.  The individual will also assist with projects being conducted by other Tribal biologists; specifically, he or she will assist the […]

  • Dispatcher/Communications Officer – Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission

    Download Announcement The dispatcher is directly responsible for the operation of all office radio/telephone communication equipment, maintaining a close watch on patrol activities in the field, and for the general office needs of the agency. Check out the CRITFC website for complete job announcement and application at:

  • Seasonal Fisheries Techs – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Fisheries needs up to 25 seasonal workers in Queets from March through July 2017.

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  • Salmon Habitat Quality Degraded by Paved Surfaces, Development
    Impervious surfaces (i.e. pavement, development, compacted soils) contribute to degradation of salmon habitat and water quality. The Suquamish Tribe takes a closer look at that in the 2016 State of Our Watersheds. Specifically in urban areas such as Poulsbo, Silverdale, Gorst and parts of Bremerton and Port Orchard, impervious surface data for East Kitsap shows a […]
  • This isn’t the first time we’ve divested to protect treaty rights
    The Defund DAPL movement continues a long history of tribes joining together to defund corporations threatening their treaty rights. In the decade following the 1974 Boldt decision, the treaty tribes in western Washington quickly realized their treaty rights would be meaningless without fish. The biggest threat to salmon was the destruction of salmon habitat, so […]
  • State of our Watersheds: Unpermitted wells imperil Nisqually River
    Despite rough economic times and slow growth, the number of new unpermitted wells in the Nisqually watershed grew at a steady rate. That is a finding in the recently released State of Our Watersheds Report by the treaty tribes in western Washington. From the report: Between the upper and lower extents (of the watershed) is […]