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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 80 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) reaffirming the tribes’ treaty-reserved fishing rights. The ruling recognized 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 Environmental Quality Section Supervisor provides resource protection and monitoring support for staff in a wide variety of Programs, including Air Quality, Water Quality, Invasive Species control, and Wetlands. They work within the Quinault Division of Natural Resource’s (QDNR) Environmental Quality Section, which administers several federally and locally funded restoration or monitoring projects […]

  • Fisheries Biologist I – Quileute Indian Nation

    POSITION SUMMARY: Works with the Quileute Natural Resources personnel in the collection of commercial sampling data, spawning survey data, and other information necessary for the management of fisheries resources important to the Quileute Indian Tribe. Applicants will be required to 1) supervise technical staff; 2) conduct spawning surveys, correctly identifying and counting salmon redds; 3) […]

  • Fisheries – Scientific Technician II – Puyallup Tribe of Indians

    Puyallup Tribe of Indians Fisheries – Scientific Technician II Closes: January 5, 2024 Description: The Scientific Technician II will work under the direction of the Puyallup Tribal Fisheries staff to monitor juvenile salmon during spring emigration using a rotary screw trap on the Puyallup and White Rivers. (May include graveyard/night Shifts) (Note: this is a […]