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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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  • Water Resources Specialist III/Hydrologist – Lummi Nation

    Job Summary The Water Resources Specialist III/Hydrologist (Specialist III) will assist the Water Resources Scientist III/Hydrologist and Water Resources Manager to provide administrative and technical support services to the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) Natural Resources Department (LNR), with an emphasis on supporting water rights adjudication and related work. Technical duties may include designing, conducting, […]

  • Field Biologist – Upper Skagit Indian Tribe

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION (summary may not include all duties): The primary responsibility of the field biologist, in cooperation with the Field Operations Supervisor, will be to oversee and conduct the collection of field and technical information in support of the Natural Resources Department programs, consistent with established protocols and quality controls. For field activities, the Field […]

  • Stock Assessment Biologist – Upper Skagit Indian Tribe

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION (summary may not include all duties): The primary responsibility of the Stock Assessment Biologist shall be to use existing, or design as needed, and implement fishery-related research and monitoring programs/studies aimed at improving stock population forecasting, in-season management, and spawner escapement analysis in conjunction with other Natural Resources Department and Policy staff as […]