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Fish Passage Scientist

Closing Date: Open until filled.

CRITFC is seeking an applicant who will provide technical assistance to CRITFC and its member tribes to identify, evaluate, and implement methods to establish streamflow and hydropower operations needed for the recovery of fishery resources through increased production and survival of basin stocks. The applicant will be expected to have knowledge in water hydrology in order to support application of CRITFC’s tribal salmon recovery plan, Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (Spirit of the Salmon). A priority will be assessing hydropower dam operations and methods of setting water flow that protect fisheries in the mainstem Columbia and Snake rivers. Also identifying effective streamflows and other measures in tributaries.

The position is located at the Portland office of CRITFC with remote work options and requires travel up to 25% of the time. The position requires technical work, collaboration, and the ability to negotiate (in some situations, the issues may be controversial). At all times, the person in this position will advocate for the member tribes and their fishery resources.


The applicant is expected to be a self-starter and work well without significant oversight. CRITFC deals with a wide range of issues and the applicant needs to have the ability to transition from these topics.

  • Routinely provide CRITFC and tribal staff with summaries of hydrosystem operations and related activities for the Columbia and Snake Rivers; such as actual and projected streamflows, actual and projected runoff volumes, reservoir elevations, and water and air temperature trends.
  • Recommend and evaluation options for improving fish passage protection with respect to Columbia River Basin hydrologic-related features of the Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit, the Endangered Species Act, licensing proceedings of the Federal Power Act, the Northwest Power Planning Act and processes within programs of the Corps of Engineers, the NOAA Regional Forumns process and others.
  • Provide technical analysis of fish passage conditions and related issues that require policy decisions.
  • Represent CRITFC on technical groups, such as the Fish Passage Advisory Committee, (whose members include the tribes of the Columbia Basin, as well as state and federal fisheries agencies) and advise on real-time hydrosystem operations to maximize the protection of migrating salmon and steelhead.
  • Prepare and provide oral and written presentations where applicable.
  • Develop and provide computer model analyses of system operation options, especially ways to secure flows and operations needed to recover salmon stocks.
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Application Procedure

Online applications are preferred, however if circumstances prevent an applicant from completing an online application or require help with an electronic application, email for assistance.

Hiring preference:
CRITFC implements a tribal preference policy and encourages citizens and descendants of our member tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama) and other federally recognized tribes to apply.

CRITFC is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, people of color, those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.

CRITFC will consider non-citizen applicants who are authorized to work in the U.S. If not authorized to work in the U.S., CRITFC will provide reasonable support and accommodations to the candidate in obtaining U.S. work authorization. With the exception of certain employer required costs, CRITFC will not pay for costs related to applicant’s legal representation, filings for work authorization or immigration, or other costs related to obtaining work authorization.

*Please note: the term “Commission” as used in this description refers to CRITFC’s governing body. CRITFC is a tribal organization that is wholly owned and governed by the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. As a tribal organization, CRITFC is subject to a unique blend of policies and laws.