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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  • Hatchery Manager – Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

    Download Announcement The Hatchery Manager is responsible for all aspects of daily hatchery operations and fish culture activities for the Tribe’s two hatchery facilities.  These facilities include conservation and enhancement programs for Stillaguamish summer Chinook, fall Coho and fall Chum, and a captive brood program for fall Chinook.  Total hatchery releases are approximately 500,000 smolts […]

  • Shellfish Farm Supervisor – Nisqually Indian Tribe

    Download Announcement This position is responsible for providing crew supervision, leadership and oversight of the Nisqually Tribe’s 120 acre Shellfish Farm located in Henderson Inlet.

  • 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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  • State of our Watersheds: Lack of Funding for Co-Manager Response
    There isn’t enough financial support by federal and state governments to support co-management, according to findings by the Makah Tribe in the State of our Watersheds Report. According to the report: The Makah Tribe has some concerns with the lack of sufficient commitment by federal and Washington state natural resources agencies to protect, properly manage […]