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CRITFC Employment Opportunities

The following positions are currently open. Click on one to find out more information, qualifications, and application instructions.

Resumes and applications are only accepted when openings are available. Enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes who are interested in future employment opportunities may contact Human Resources directly.

Paid Positions

Lamprey Collection Technician
Closes on: May 15, 2015

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s (CRITFC) Fish Management Department, through the objectives laid out in CRITFC’s Tribal Pacific Lamprey Restoration Plan for the Columbia River Basin, is assisting its member tribes in the collection of adult Pacific lamprey at mainstem Columbia River Dams for use in ongoing Pacific lamprey adult supplementation (translocation) efforts. The individual hired for this temporary position will be the primary, on-the-ground contact for CRITFC member tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama) that have initiated supplementation (translocation) projects within tributaries of their ceded areas. The primary responsibility for this position will be to set, collect, log, and transfer adult Pacific lamprey from the previously determined dam locations to a central holding site in close coordination with CRITFC member tribe lamprey collection staffs. The successful applicant will be responsible for the health of lamprey during the trapping, transferring, and holding making this an on-call position.

Staff Accountant
Closes on: May 15, 2015

This position provides accounting support to various functions within the organization, with a focus on off-site locations, by providing analysis of budgets and expenditures, tracking invoices and purchase orders, compiling information for decision-making and other work as needed to assist in the meeting of programmatic goals.

The position also provides back-up support for the payroll function. It also assists in internal and external audit activities, prepares general ledger journal entries; assists in special project management; and performs other work as assigned.

Data Technician (Fishery)
Closes on: May 15, 2015

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission assists four tribes in the co-management of their treaty rights within the Columbia River Basin. The position offered is associated with the Commission’s Fish Science Department. This research group is engaged in several investigations of stock composition, identification, and structure, as well as, development and evaluation of restoration strategies for Pacific salmon. Specific areas of research covered under this announcement include the investigation of the length, age and stock composition of salmon passing Bonneville dam. The Data Technician (Fishery) will be responsible for uploading sampling data from field collections into databases, upload/download data from regional data storage sites, and assist in data analysis and report writing. This position will also require some field work as needed.

Maintenance Worker (Temporary/Seasonal)

This temporary/seasonal position provides the maintenance of the Tribal In-Lieu/Treaty Fishing Access Sites along the Columbia River by: performing work that involves a variety of trade practices such as painting, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, electrical, and custodial work. Maintenance workers will use hand and power tools to accomplish this work.

Fishery Technician III (temporary)

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission assists four tribes in the co-management of their treaty fishing rights within the Columbia River Basin. A key to ensuring our member tribes have a sustainable fishery is the ability to collect and assess information on the status of anadromous and resident fish populations and their habitats within the Columbia River Basin. The position offered is associated with the Fish Science Department’s Habitat Group. This group assists CRITFC and the four treaty tribes with collection and analysis of data pertaining to stream habitat conditions, habitat restoration, and stream ecology.

This position will focus primarily on monitoring status and trends in habitat conditions for ESA-listed spring Chinook salmon in the Grande Ronde River Basin. Stream habitat data will be collected at 25 sites in the Upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek basins using the Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program (CHaMP) protocol (, a broad standardized monitoring program currently being implemented in 18 different watersheds across the Columbia River basin and other areas in the Pacific Northwest. The primary objectives of these positions are to collect data necessary to 1) Assess current status and trends in fish habitat characteristics considered to be key limiting factors (particularly water temperature, pool habitats, streamflow, and fine sediment) to viability of spring Chinook salmon populations, and 2) Evaluate effectiveness of stream restoration actions aimed at improving key limiting habitat factors.

Fisheries Employment Opportunities at CRITFC Member Tribes

None available at this time.


Fisheries & Natural Resources Research Internship - Summer 2015  Open

TRAIL Project: A Fisheries & Natural Resources Research Internship Program for Teaching Rising American Indian Leaders

Summer 2015

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s TRAIL (Teaching Rising American Indian Leaders) Project aims to foster the educational pursuits of our tribal students by providing research experience, mentoring, and an opportunity to explore career options in fisheries and natural resources at all levels.