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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.
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, maintain 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 activities.
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) is seeking Fisheries Geneticists with experience in population genomics, association mapping, and mixed stock analyses. Positions are part of the Fishery Science Department, but will be located with the genetics group at the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station in Hagerman, ID. This research group is involved in testing conservation, evolution, and ecological theories related to salmonids and other fishes. The employee will work under the Lead Geneticist, in association with CRITFC geneticists and technicians, as well as staff of the Fishery Science Department in Portland, OR. Efforts will focus on applying empirical genetics/genomics data to address questions related to conservation and recovery of steelhead, Chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon, white sturgeon, Pacific lamprey, and other fishes of the Columbia River Basin.
This position focuses on monitoring status and trends in habitat conditions for ESA-listed spring Chinook Salmon in the upper Grande Ronde River and Catherine Creek basins in Northeast Oregon. Stream habitat data will be collected using a combination of remote sensing methods and standardized instream habitat monitoring protocols. The primary objectives of these positions are to collect data necessary to: 1) Assess current status, trends, and key limiting factors in fish habitat characteristics (e.g. water temperature, pool habitats, streamflow, and fine sediment) to the viability of spring Chinook Salmon populations, and 2) Evaluate effectiveness of stream restoration actions aimed at improving key limiting habitat factors.
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission assists its four governing tribes (Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce) with their management of their treaty fishing rights. 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 diverse watersheds of the Columbia Basin. The position offered is a Program Leader role within the Fishery Science Department's Habitat/Watershed Science Group. The Senior Fishery Scientist - Habitat/Watershed Program Leader oversees a team of scientists, biologists, and technicians developing tools and methods to monitor aquatic ecosystem recovery. In this capacity, the incumbent will develop and lead research projects evaluating threats and factors limiting salmonid populations, such as impairment to habitat quantity/quality, land use, climate change and other anthropogenic factors. It is expected the incumbent will develop new and innovative restoration actions/methods that can be implemented at a variety of spatial scales. The incumbent will participate in regional planning processes that provide guidance for recovery and restoration actions, as well as project funding and evaluation. The incumbent must maintain a proven publication record and possess exceptional leadership, problem solving, quantitative, and communication skills. The incumbent acts as a key technical advisor on habitat/watershed issues to the Commission and member tribes. The incumbent and their team will occasionally be asked to provide technical support for administrative and legal challenges to existing or proposed actions impacting aquatic ecosystems and/or other assignments delegated by the Fishery Science Department Manager.
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. The production research group is engaged in several research projects designed to investigate salmon and steelhead limiting factors which include predation. For the last decade sea lion presence and consumption of salmon near Bonneville dam has been increasing and our research program is designed to assist managers in reducing sea lion occurrence near the dam along with investigating sea lion abundance and predation rates. The duration of this position is limited to three and a half months.
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The project will be conducted at the old Hanford town site on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation (46°35'0.27"N, 119°22'29.66"W), which is run by the Department of Energy. Note: All personnel, prior to accessing the site, must obtain security clearance from Hanford Security by taking and passing their training. More information concerning Hanford site access can be found at http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/VisitorControl The PIT tagging portion of this project is expected to last for up to five consecutive days between June 04 and June 08. Note the project could run a week earlier or later depending on fish maturation rates. A decision on exact project timing is normally made in early May. Historically, the juvenile fall Chinook being PIT tagged are smaller than those typically tagged with 12mm tags in the Columbia Basin, for example, in 2015 80% of the Chinook tagged were between 55 and 70 mm in length. The operation is conducted outdoors and contractors must be able to safely tag fish with minimal mortality with air temperatures that can approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Contractors must provide references demonstrating they can tag juvenile Chinook of the relatively small size of Hanford fish with minimal mortality. All tagged fish will be held overnight and, prior to tagging the following day, the contractor must recover any shed tags and remove them from any mortalities prior to release and remove them from tagging files submitted to PTAGIS.
For over 30 years, the four Columbia River treaty tribes have desired to build a memorial to honor lost fishers. Under tribal leadership, a group of Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce artists have designed a culturally significant monument (See Attachment 2) to memorialize lost fishers, provide a place for families to express their grief, and to encourage safety for all who use the river. The Columbia River Fishers Memorial will be constructed on the Columbia Hills State Park located 6 miles east of Dallesport on SR 14 in Klickitat County at 85 Route 14, Lyle, WA 98635. See Attachment 1.
For over 30 years, the four Columbia River treaty tribes have desired to build a memorial to honor lost fishers. Under tribal leadership, a group of Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce artists have designed a culturally significant monument to memorialize lost fishers, provide a place for families to express their grief, and to encourage safety for all who use the river. The Columbia River Fishers Memorial will be constructed on the Columbia Hills State Park located 6 miles east of Dallesport on SR 14 in Klickitat County at 85 Route 14, Lyle, WA 98635. See Attachment 1.
- Stone Pillar: The pillar represents reverence, permanence, and rising up to the sky from the rippling waters. It will be made from a combination of large rounded river rocks and basalt stones. Built of seven stones, varying from five or six foot in size at the base to smaller at the top, the pillar will reach approximately 25 feet in height.
- Concentric Circles & Plaza: The circles or “ripples” represent the far-reaching effects of something falling into water, the circular nature of life, and the round tepee homes. Like ripples from a stone dropped into water, four stone-built circles will radiate out from the stone pillar and form a base or plaza around it. The circles will be constructed from 12” rocks set into the grade. A gravel or concrete walkway will be placed and shaped between the stone rings.
- Four Directions: The four direction stones represent not only north, south, east, and west, but also the four winds, the four seasons, and the four colors of the people of earth. The four five-foot tall basalt columns will be placed at the four cardinal directions. Several shorter sections of basalt stones will be set around the perimeter for seating.
- Walkway: The walkway is an outline of the Columbia River between Bonneville and McNary dams. This is a reminder of the river’s great length and the many different tribes who live along and depend on it. It connects the parking lot to the Memorial and varies from four to six feet in width. Several materials are being considered, including gravel, colored concrete, or a material made from recycled glass that is colorful and reflective.
- Stone Markers: Seven stone markers are to be set along the path between the parking lot and the main sculpture. These markers symbolize the numerous villages along the river that were drowned behind the dams.
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) invites you to submit a proposal for developing a de novo genome assembly for octoploid white sturgeon. This would involve preparation of DNA sequencing libraries, generating sequence data, and assembly of long genomic scaffolds for this polyploid species. This RFP is for scientific laboratory services for providing assistance to our research team. White sturgeon are an imperiled fish species that have high cultural importance to the four Columbia River Treaty tribes. As such, this species has been closely monitored for several years and artificial propagation has been initiated to boost abundance in various areas. However, genomic resources are limited for white sturgeon that would provide the ability to identify sex markers and the genetic basis for traits important to conservation. Thus, development of a genome assembly would provide a highly valuable resource for further study of this species. The objective of this RFP is to identify a vendor to assist the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission with professional laboratory services necessary for a de novo genome assembly for white sturgeon. Since this species has an octoploid genome, this will require specific expertise in genome assembly for complex polyploid species. Specifically, tissues from an adult female white sturgeon will be provided for high molecular weight DNA extraction (estimated genome size of 2.4 Gb). The vendor must be capable of creating high coverage genomic DNA sequencing data, creating long-read sequencing data, using bioinformatic pipelines that have been proven to be effective for de novo assembly of polyploid genomes. Download full RFQ here