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Fishery Technician III (Lamprey Project)

Closing Date: Open until filled.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) assists its four member tribes in the co-management of their treaty rights within the Columbia River Basin. The Fishery Technician position offered is within the Fish Management Department’s Lamprey Program. The Lamprey Program implements objectives and actions outlined in the Tribal Pacific Lamprey Restoration Plan. These objectives include improving mainstem and tributary passage and habitat; lamprey supplementation/augmentation (translocation and reintroductions); evaluating contaminants and water quality; regional coordination, education and outreach; and research, monitoring and evaluation. The primary responsibilities of the Fishery Technician will be trapping adult Pacific lamprey at Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day dams in support of the tribes Pacific lamprey translocation program. The Fishery Technician will also be responsible for monitoring fish health during transportation and holding, and collecting biological and water quality data. Other duties may include assisting CRITFC and tribes with seasonal field work (e.g., electrofishing surveys, eDNA sample collections, screw trap monitoring, parentage based tagging, etc) as needs arise. Field work occurs 7 days per week, June through September.

Position Details

  • Department: Fish Management
  • Classification: Temporary, Full-time, Not benefit eligible
  • Wage Range: $21.16 – $22.57 hourly (DOQ)
  • Duration: 3-4 months
  • Location: Portland or The Dalles/Hood River, Oregon

Essential Job Functions

The Fishery Technician works closely with the Lamprey Project Leader and Lamprey Biologist performing a wide range of duties and assignments that may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Setting and checking traps at Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day dams for collection, transport, and holding of adult Pacific Lamprey for the CRITFC member tribes.
  2. Driving from the duty station to the mainstem dams on a daily basis in CRITFC vehicles during the adult lamprey migration/trapping season.
  3. Monitoring fish health and water quality parameters during trapping, holding, and transporting of fish.
  4. Collecting biological data, tissue samples, and execute technical procedures.
  5. Operating electronic sampling equipment and computers.
  6. Taking detailed sampling notes, conduct data entry, and data management.
  7. Must have the ability to work in remote field locations and inclement weather.
  8. Travel to field sites outside the Portland area. May require overnight stays.
  9. Available to work a flexible work schedule (hours, days) and to be on call when necessary.
  10. Work from Portland duty station or The Dalles/Hood River.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

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

  • Minimum High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Two or more years relevant work experience in Fisheries Science, Fishery Technician or related field/position.
  • A bachelor’s degree in fisheries or a related field preferred and may substitute for work experience.
  • Familiarity with biological research and the ability to execute detailed technical procedures.
  • Ability to follow established fish collection, handling, and holding protocols.
  • Ability to collect and maintain high quality data records from field and laboratory work.
  • Ability to work effectively, positively, and as a team in field, office, and laboratory settings.
  • Ability to work flexible workdays and hours including early mornings, late evenings, and weekends (may work greater than 8 hours per day during the peak of the run).
  • Ability to follow behavioral and safety requirements while working at dam facilities operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Ability to occasionally travel for one or more nights at a time.
  • A valid driver’s license, good driving record, and the ability to lift and carry objects weighing at least 50 pounds, and set and pull traps up to 75 lbs.
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 required as a condition of employment.


  • Supervision Received: This position reports to the Fish Management department Lamprey Biologist or Lamprey Project Leader.
  • Supervision Given: This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Working Conditions

This position will require frequent moving of heavy items including setting and pulling lamprey pot traps up to 75 lbs. Ability to walk up and down stairs carrying heavy buckets. Ability to safely operate motor vehicles including large trucks for up to 6 hours per day on freeways and at Army Corps dam facilities often in the presence of heavy equipment, construction crews, and other potential hazards. Additional or extended working hours may be required occasionally to meet job related duties and functions. Must be able work in physical environments requiring the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions. COVID-19 prevention protocols are in place.

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.