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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  • Director of Natural Resources – Hoh Indian Tribe

    The Director of Natural Resources (DNR) assumes primary responsibility for environmental policy and implementation of the DNR mission. The Director oversees all natural resource related activities for the Hoh Tribe including fish and wildlife management, treaty rights protection, salmon recovery, habitat protection and restoration, water resource management, tribal development and environmental policy analysis and implementation. Incumbent serves as the liaison between Tribe and other tribal, local, …

  • Field Biologist I – Upper Skagit Indian Tribe

    Upper Skagit Field Biologist I Announcement (PDF)

    The primary function of the Project Biologist will be to assist in juvenile O. mykiss survival and emigration study. The position will conduct capture-recapture/resighting surveys and habitat assessments, maintain PIT antenna arrays, enter data and assist in analysis and reporting. For field activities, the position will require someone with backpack electrofishing experience, familiarity in smolt trap operation, and who …

  • Shellfish Biologist – Skokomish Indian Tribe

    Skokomish Shellfish Biologist Posting (PDF)

    This position will manage the Skokomish Tribe’s private tideland shellfish program, conduct intertidal shellfish and sub-tidal geoduck surveys, provide technical advice and assistance to the Assistant Director and Fish Committee, provide analysis of complex shellfish issues and provide the services necessary to maintain, perpetuate, and enhance the Tribe’s Treaty guaranteed shellfish resources. Conduct inter-tidal shellfish population surveys. Conduct sub-tidal geoduck population …

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  • Salmon harvest is still held to a higher standard than habitat
    This morning the Everett Herald published a letter to the editor erroneously comparing the failure to restore and protect salmon habitat with fisheries management. Because tribes fish for salmon, the letter writer posits, restoring and protecting habitat is pointless. Why save the fish if they’re only getting caught? Despite the fact that some salmon actually […]
  • Losing shoreline salmon habitat much faster than can be restored
    Between 2005 and 2014 almost three miles of nearshore salmon habitat was damaged in the Squaxin Island Tribe’s area of interest. It’s one of the many specific findings in the recently released State of Our Watersheds Report. The report from the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington documents the ongoing loss and degradation of […]
  • Loomis: Treaty Rights Aid Salmon Habitat Recovery Effort
    Treaty tribes in western Washington have won some recent treaty rights battles, but we continue to lose ground in the war to restore and protect salmon and their habitat. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on June 27 that the state is violating U.S. treaties with tribes by allowing failing culverts to block […]