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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  • Fisheries Biologist 2 – Yurok Tribe

    Download Announcement Implementation and development of multiple concurrent fisheries and hatchery related research monitoring and/or restoration projects.  Data analysis and report preparation as well as field crew supervision.

  • Natural Resource Climate Change Specialist – Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

    Download Announcement The Natural Resource Climate Change Specialist will provide technical expertise and coordination support to develop and integrate Tribal priorities regarding climate change. Take lead in developing strategies to adapt to climate change effects on Tribal treaty resources. Work directly with Natural Resource Department personnel and partnering entities to develop and implement the Tribe’s […]

  • Environmental Technician Aide – Swinomish Tribal Community

    Download Announcement Responsible for performing field data and sample collection for the Swinomish Water Resources Program as well as clerical and administrative work such as filing and record keeping. Coordinates with Water Resources staff to collect data, perform equipment audits, and maintain equipment and laboratory. This is a full-time, temporary position based in the Swinomish […]

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  • Remembering The Fight For Treaty Rights
    Decades after the Fish Wars of the 1960s and ’70s, Puyallup tribal members are still working to protect tribal treaty rights. At the tribe’s annual Fish Wars remembrance in September, tribal members and activists reflected on the civil disobedience that led to the Boldt decision reaffirming tribal treaty fishing rights. Puyallup tribal members Dakota Case […]
  • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Partners Save Eelgrass in Port Angeles Harbor
    The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are restoring eelgrass beds in Port Angeles Harbor. Marine life habitat has been degraded, in part by decades of wood waste deposition. The effort started by removing about 3,600 eelgrass shoots as part of a mitigation agreement between the U.S. Navy and the Lower […]
  • Bugs and Dirt Help Tell the Story of the Elwha River Restoration
    The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has been sampling sediment and insects near the mouth of the Elwha River for a decade, tracking how the estuary has been changed by the removal of two fish-blocking dams in 2012 and 2014. Dam removal released sediment down the river that created approximately 80 acres of beach at the mouth and helped form the current […]