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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    Download Announcement Provide field work for SRSC programs to support implementation and maintenance of native plant revegetation and other habitat restoration projects.

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    Download Announcement The Fisheries Research Scientist 1-2-3 position is part of the Mission of the Natural Resources Department to protect and enhance the Tribe’s treaty rights. The position is responsible for actions associated with the research, protection and recovery of salmonid populations within the Stillaguamish Watershed, specifically in relation to the Tribe’s fisheries management and […]

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    Download Announcement Work collaboratively with accounting and grants management staff to ensure accounts payable (AP), sub-recipient performance monitoring, and grants administrative duties are achieved. This entails performing a variety of duties involved in the monitoring, tracking, collection, interpretation, recording, and filing of data.

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