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 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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  • Hatchery Technician II – Lummi Nation

    Download Announcement The Hatchery Technician II completes tasks and keeps records with the understanding that the results and findings will be published in technical documents and peer-reviewed scientific articles. The Hatchery Technician II is required to conduct all aspects of routine hatchery tasks, including caring for all life stages of fish, cleaning ponds and raceways, […]

  • Accounting Technician / Staff Accountant – Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

    Download Announcement This position provides support to accounting functions. It primarily processes account payable by receiving & processing purchase orders, analyzing A/P and tying it to the general ledger, and issuing checks. It also assists in the back-up of other accounting functions such as travel and fixed asset inventory. The position prepares general ledger journal […]

  • Information Technology Specialist – Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

    Download Announcement This position ensures the reliable operation of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission computer resources with a focus on the Enforcement Department located in Hood River, Oregon.

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    Treaty tribal and state salmon co-managers have reached agreement on a package of fishing seasons for 2019 that addresses the conservation concerns for ESA-listed salmon runs and the southern resident orcas while also providing limited harvest opportunities. More coho are expected to return this year, but poor returns of Stillaguamish, Nooksack and mid-Hood Canal chinook […]
  • Tribes Outraged by EPA Move to Rescind Human Health Water Quality Standards
    Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are outraged that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to roll back hard-fought improvements to water quality standards regulating the discharge of toxic chemicals in our state’s waters. Tribes are especially shocked by EPA’s backdoor approach to rescinding the standards. “There was no notification to tribes or state […]
  • Makah Tribe Decontaminates Brownfield Site, Protects Water Quality
    The Makah Tribe is cleaning pockets of its reservation, damaged from historic industrial use, one parcel at a time. Since 2016, the tribe has been restoring a 1-acre site that was developed in 1968, originally intended to be a hake fish processing plant. The site turned into an oil facility used for transferring and storing […]