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Fishery Science Department Manager

Closing Date: Open until filled.

We seek an experienced, collaborative, and capable natural resources leader to be our next Fishery Science Department Manager. This role provides scientific support to Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and its member tribes so that they can meet their fishery management and restoration goals for salmon, sturgeon, and lamprey in the Columbia River basin. The Fishery Science Department Manager will have overall responsibility for a large portfolio of current projects, however they must also identify gaps in scientific inquiry that would further aid watershed restoration and salmon production, and propose novel plans to meet those needs.

This is a highly visible and highly collaborative role, working closely with the scientific staff at the four member tribes, as well as state and federal scientists, and other scientists in the region, e.g. at educational institutions and advocacy organizations. Successful candidates will have a strong scientific background as well as strong experience managing staff, as this role manages a department comprised of four large groups: Habitat, Genetics, Informatics, and Production & Restoration. This role is a member of CRITFC’s management team and reports to the Executive Director.

Position Details

Department: Fishery Science

Classification: Regular, Full-time, Exempt

Salary: $124,335 – $131,649 (GS 14, steps 1-3)

Location: Portland, Oregon

Closing Date: Open until filled, applicants are encouraged to apply early. Application review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled. Contact Doug Hatch, Interim Fishery Science Department Manager, if you wish to have an informal conversation in advance of a formal application.


  • Serve as team leader for 35 staff, including direct supervision of six staff.
  • Manage CRITFC’s portfolio of scientific projects to support its mission of protection and restoration of salmon, sturgeon, and lamprey in the Columbia River basin.
  • Report to the Executive Director and serve as a member of CRITFC’s management team.
  • In collaboration with Commissioners from the four tribes and the CRITFC management team, develop a clear strategic focus for CRITFC’s scientific programs. From this focus, draft the Fisheries Science Department’s annual work plan and budget.
  • Partner closely with each of the four tribes’ fishery programs, so as to support attainment of each tribe’s goals to restore fish populations. Provide leadership when tribes are coordinating efforts.
  • Provide scientific data to inform all manner of planning and decision making pertaining to CRITFC’s goals of putting fish back in rivers and protecting watersheds, protecting tribal treaty fishing rights, sharing salmon culture, and providing fisher services.
  • Identify gaps in scientific inquiry in the region and propose novel solutions.
  • Increase the visibility and credibility of tribal scientific achievements.
  • Provide leadership and participate fully in interagency technical groups and professional organizations, so as to contribute to the growth of scientific collaboration across the region, as well as to maintain CRITFC’s reputation of scientific leadership.


  • Five year’s work experience in a scientific leadership role in fisheries or natural resources management.
  • Three year’s experience directly supervising scientific staff and their research projects.
  • A PhD or Master’s degree in fisheries or a closely related natural resource discipline. Formal training and work experience in fisheries, watershed science, or hydrology may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Exceptional people leadership skills including a strong affinity for the work of being a people manager, such as coaching and mentoring. Ability to listen well and center others. Self awareness.
  • Strong project management skills. A track record of coordinating timelines and meeting milestones.
  • Strong experience writing scientific papers for publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Strong experience communicating scientific information in a compelling manner to technical and non technical groups. Ability to write reports that provide clear learnings and suggestions for next steps. Ability to compose and deliver meaningful and memorable presentations.
  • Experience coordinating groups and developing shared goals. A collaborative leadership style that respects and honors partners while at the same time, moves the group towards consensus.


Supervision received: This role reports to the Executive Director.

Supervision given: This role serves as team leader for 35 Fishery Science Department scientific and support staff, including direct supervision of six group leaders.

Working Conditions

Primarily sedentary work in an office setting, however day or overnight travel is required often during the fishing season, approximately May to October, and this includes some rigorous outdoor field work. Day or overnight travel to meet with member tribes and other stakeholders approximately monthly.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

This job frequently requires driving a CRITFC vehicle or your own vehicle for business (mileage compensated), and therefore you must be able to meet the terms of the CRITFC Motor Vehicle policy. Per the policy, applicants are required to have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record for the past three years. This includes a three-year record clear of the following:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Suspension or revoked license
  • No more than two at-fault accidents
  • No more than one major violation or two minor violations

Application Procedure

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) requires all new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment.

To apply, submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. CRITFC job application (download at link below)

Contact Doug Hatch, Interim Fishery Science Department Manager, if you wish to have an informal conversation in advance of a formal application.

Submit application form and any additional application materials by email to Include job title in the subject line. We will confirm receipt of your submission.

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.