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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  • Water Resources Manager – Lummi Nation

    Closing Date: June 29, 2023 Description: The LNR Water Resources Manager provides administrative and technical support and makes recommendations to Lummi Nation policy and legal staff to achieve the Lummi Water Resources Division (LWRD) mission: To effectively protect and restore the Lummi Nation’s water resources, including shorelines, throughout all usual and accustomed grounds and stations […]

  • ID Program Clerk

    Download Announcement Coordinate and manage the Tribal Fishing Identification Program, Tribal Buyer Program, boat decals and NWIFC Employee ID cards.  Act as the primary contact between the Tribes and State agencies for these programs. Project duration = 2 years

  • Hydrologist/Water Resources Coordinator – Suquamish Tribe

    Download Announcement Serves as a Hydrologist/Water Resources Coordinator with project oversight responsibilities of Ecosystem Recovery Program staff as directed by the Ecosystem Recovery Manager. Position provides expert advice to the Ecosystem Recovery Manager and executive management, and serves as program technical expert on measures required to protect ground and surface water resources and aquatic habitat. […]