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Fishery Technician III (Hanford Project)

Closing Date: May 13, 2022

CRITFC 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 population biology projects designed to investigate salmon and steelhead limiting factors. For the last three decades this group has been coded wire tagging Hanford Reach juvenile fall Chinook as part of a larger program to monitor ocean harvest impacts on Pacific Salmon Treaty designated indicator stocks. Hanford fall chinook are not only a PST indicator stock, but they are also the largest wild spawning population of salmon in the Columbia River Basin.

The duration of this position is limited to under 4 weeks since juvenile fall chinook are only available for capture during a short window of time prior to their migration to the ocean. Due to this limited window, crews will be required to work 10+ hours per day for the duration of the project with no time off including the Holiday and weekends.

Position Details

  • Department: Fishery Science Department
  • Classification: Temporary, Full-Time, Non-Exempt
  • Salary Range: $21.16 – $22.57 (DOQ)
  • Duration: 3-4 Weeks (May 25 – June 17, 2022)
  • Location: Portland, Oregon

Essential Job Functions

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:

  1. This is a field-intensive project that is primarily conducted aboard a boat and walking the shoreline through a wide range of inclement weather (wind, cold, rain, extreme heat) from late-May to mid-June.
  2. Primary duties include fish capture using beach seines and stick seines. Fish care and handling. Maintaining fish holding facilities, plumbing, pumps, and generators. Occasional fish tagging.
  3. Must go on paid travel to Tri-Cities, Washington for the project.
  4. Must be able to work continuously (no days off) for up to 18 days and daily shifts of 10-14 hrs per day.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

We seek responsible and dependable individuals with interests in environmental and fisheries sciences who meet the following required qualifications:

  1. An interest in fisheries science and experience collecting natural resource data in the field.
  2. Familiarity with biological research and the ability to execute detailed technical procedures.
  3. Ability to collect and maintain high quality data records from field.
  4. Ability to work effectively, positively, and as a team in field.
  5. A valid driver’s license, good driving record, and the ability to lift and carry objects weighing at least 50 pounds.


  • Supervision received: This position reports to the Fisheries Scientist.
  • Supervision given: This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Working Conditions

This position will require moving of heavy items, up to 50 lbs and possibly more. Additional or extended working hours will be required to meet job related duties and functions. Must be able work in physical environments requiring the employee to work predominantly outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

The driver operating a CRITFC vehicle or their own private vehicle for business related purposes shall be in possession of a valid, unrestricted current driver’s license, or other operator’s license, as required by law; and be eligible for coverage under CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle insurance policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

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 a completed CRITFC job application form. click here to download

Submit by email to and indicate job title in the subject line. We will confirm receipt of your submission.

Submit by mail:
Attn: Human Resources
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97232

Hiring preference:
Hiring preference will be given to qualified enrolled members of the four CRITFC member tribes (Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce) and other federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Natives. Veterans will also be given preference.

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.

*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.