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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  • Legislative Assistant

    Download Announcement Monitor pending legislation, conduct research, draft legislation and make recommendations on legislative matters. Assist Executive Director and NWIFC in the conduct of their responsibilities.  

  • Fish Tech Broodstocker, Seasonal – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Must be capable of strenuous activity and working outside in inclement weather conditions. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends. A Roster will be created from applications received and personnel will be activated from the roster as needed. Work is expected to begin October 2016 and run through December 2016. Download […]

  • Wildlife Biologist I, Temp – Quinault Indian Nation

    Download Openings Perform professional field, laboratory, or statistical wildlife and habitat research studies, using established principles and techniques. Monitors wildlife populations, natural resource activities and practices. Download Application

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  • A better map of Squaxin Island will guide climate change response
    A 3-dimensional model of Squaxin Island and Oakland Bay along with a new tidal record will help the Squaxin Island Tribe predict how sea level rise will impact their treaty-protected fishing rights and other natural & cultural resources. The tribe is using Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) technology to scan surface features of both areas […]
  • State Of Our Watersheds: Morse Creek Floodplain Impaired
    Once a robust stream of salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout, the current condition of Morse Creek prevents these fish from accessing important habitat for spawning. Development, stream channelization, diking and armoring are all factors that contribute to the conditions of the creek, according to the recently released 2016 State of Our Watersheds Report, developed by […]
  • Wild coho going back in the water
    Because of a historically low coho forecast for deep South Sound this year, Squaxin Island tribal fishermen will not retain naturally spawning coho in their beach seine fishery. “This fishery on hatchery coho was already a good example of a harvest opportunity being made available while a wild run is protected,” said Joe Peters, tribal […]