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Fishery Technician III (Habitat Project)

Closing Date: May 13, 2022

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) assists its four member tribes in the co-management of their treaty fishing rights within the Columbia River Basin. A key to ensuring our member tribes have a sustainable fishery is the ability to collect and assess information on the status of anadromous and resident fish populations and their habitats within the Columbia River Basin. The positions offered are associated with the Fishery Science Department’s Habitat/Watershed Group. This group assists CRITFC and the four treaty tribes with collection and analysis of data pertaining to stream habitat conditions, habitat restoration, and stream ecology.

These positions will focus on monitoring status and trends in habitat conditions 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. The primary objectives of these positions are to collect data necessary to: 1) Assess current status, trends, and key limiting factors in fish habitat characteristics (e.g. water temperature, pool habitats, and fine sediment) to the viability of spring Chinook Salmon populations, and 2) Evaluate effectiveness of stream restoration actions aimed at improving key limiting habitat factors.

Position Details

  • Department: Fishery Science Department
  • Classification: Temporary, Full-time, Not benefit eligible
  • Wage Range: $21.16 – $22.57 hourly (DOQ)
  • Start Date: June 27, 2022
  • Duration: 3.5 months
  • Location: La Grande, Oregon

Essential Job Functions

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:

  1. 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 temperature.
  2. Collect macroinvertebrate samples using standard methods.
  3. Assist with the capture and processing (measuring, tagging, and collection of tissue samples) of juvenile Chinook Salmon.
  4. Assist with snorkel surveys to estimate fish abundance.
  5. Record data using electronic data loggers and/or paper datasheets and transfer/enter data into a database.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

We seek responsible and dependable individuals with interests in fisheries science and ecology who meet the following qualifications:

  1. An interest in fisheries science and experience collecting natural resource data in the field. A Bachelor’s degree in fisheries or related field will substitute for work experience.
  2. Familiarity with collection of scientific data in field settings using specialized equipment (e.g., data loggers, GPS, and laser range finders) and ability to execute detailed technical procedures.
  3. Must be well organized with attention to detail and accurate record keeping.
  4. Ability to work effectively and positively in a team environment or independently in field and office settings.
  5. Must be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with people from a variety of agencies and cultures about the project objectives and methods.
  6. Willingness to work under a variety of field conditions (e.g., hiking with gear to remote locations; hot, cold, and wet conditions involving up to 12-hour workdays wading in streams)
  7. A valid driver’s license, good driving record, and the ability to lift and carry objects weighing at least 50 pounds.
  8. Must be available for work between the approximate dates of June 29th and October 14th.
  9. Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. General knowledge of Pacific Northwest fish biology, aquatic or plant ecology, fish habitat requirements, fluvial geomorphology, and hydrology.
  2. Experience conducting stream habitat surveys.
  3. Experience with fish handling and sampling including electrofishing, seining, and PIT-tagging.


  • Supervision Received: This position will be supervised by a field crew leader within the Fishery Science Department’s Habitat/Watershed Science Group. However, a substantial amount of field work will be conducted independently by the field crew without direct supervision from a supervisor.
  • Supervision Given: None

Working Conditions

The position is based in the town of La Grande, Oregon (4.5-hour drive from Portland), where CRITFC maintains a field station. Field research activities typically extend from late-June through mid-October and involve long hours conducting physically demanding field work in hot and potentially inclement weather conditions. The work schedule typically consists of a 4-day workweek, beginning on Monday and ending on Thursday. However, some work may require longer duration workweeks (up to 8-days). Work hours in excess of 40 hours per week will be compensated at 1.5 time. Field crew members will spend most of the workweek collecting data in the field. However, job duties will also include office work such as processing of macroinvertebrate samples, organizing and maintaining field equipment, and data management. Occasional camping far from the duty station may be required, and in this case CRITFC will offer a per diem. CRITFC staff will follow current COVID protocols and recommendations from public health authorities. Depending on an assessment of COVID risk near the start of the field season, co-ed housing may be provided at the CRITFC field station in La Grande; otherwise, employees are expected to arrange their own living accommodations.

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.