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Fishery Technician III

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Salary Range: $23.21 To 24.75 Hourly

Focuses on population and habitat monitoring for ESA-listed spring Chinook Salmon in the upper Grande Ronde River basin in northeastern Oregon. Stream habitat data will be collected using a combination of remote sensing and instream habitat monitoring methods. Juvenile salmonid abundance, distribution and growth data will be collected using a variety of methods including snorkel surveys, backpack electrofishing, seining, PIT-tagging, and blood/tissue sampling. Up to several weeks will be spent assisting in carcass sampling for adult spring Chinook and additional juvenile salmonid sampling for a variety of projects.

The primary objectives of these positions are to collect data necessary to: 1) Assess current status, trends, and key limiting factors (biotic and abiotic) to the viability of spring Chinook Salmon populations, and 2) Evaluate effectiveness of stream restoration actions aimed at improving key limiting habitat factors.


  • Conduct stream habitat surveys including measurement of fish habitat characteristics such as channel unit type, channel dimensions (length, width, depth), large woody debris, substrate size, and stream flow and temperature.
  • Collect macroinvertebrate samples using standard methods.
  • Assist with snorkel surveys to estimate fish abundance and assess presence/absence of freshwater mussels.
  • Assist with juvenile salmonid abundance surveys using a backpack electrofisher and/or snorkeling and seining.
  • Assist with capture and processing (measuring, PIT tagging and/or collection of blood samples) of juvenile Chinook Salmon and Steelhead/Rainbow Trout.
  • Assist with carcass sampling for spawning spring Chinook Salmon.
  • Record data using electronic data loggers and/or paper datasheets and transfer/enter data into a database
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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.