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Closing Date: Open until filled.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department (CRITPD) is based in Hood River, Oregon. It is the law enforcement arm of the Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) an agency of tribal government. The team consists of patrol officers, dispatchers, victim advocate, and administrative personnel. The department maintains a 24-hour policing effort focused on the 150-mile stretch of the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam and lands adjacent. CRITPD officers inspect catch, gear, identifications, and tribal fishing sites by vehicle or boat. This can range from a simple visit to a full investigation using high-tech surveillance equipment. Officers also provide assistance during times of need, protect archeological sites, and provide police services for the 31 tribal fishing access sites and other tribal lands along Zone 6 of the Columbia River. All officers are Oregon-certified and serve as an extension of tribal law enforcement. They hold commissions from all four CRITFC member tribes (Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce tribes), the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the states of Oregon and some Washington counties. CRITFC is wholly owned and exclusively governed by its four member tribes. Click here to learn more about the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department.

Position Details

  • Department: Enforcement (Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department)
  • Classification: Full time, regular, non-exempt
  • Salary/Wage Range: $51,516 – $56,261 (Step 1 to Step 3 DOE)
  • LocationHood River or Boardman, OR

Essential Job Functions

  • Enforce tribal fishing regulations. Maintain a working knowledge of tribal fishing codes/regulations, laws, and resolutions; learn relevant fishing codes of the states of Oregon and Washington as applicable.
  • Provide police services on the In-lieu and Treaty Fishing Access sites and other tribal lands along the Columbia River and the users of these areas. Maintain a working knowledge of the laws, resolutions, and tribal codes of the CRITFC member tribes, BIA/federal codes, and codes of the states of Oregon and Washington as applicable. Participate in trainings to understand changes in tribal, federal and state laws and policies,
  • Maintain a working knowledge of and respect for the unique customs and traditions of the four CRITFC member tribes.
  • Investigate violations and incidents, issue warnings and citations, apprehend violators, write case reports, prepare cases for court, process evidence and/or property, assist citizens as necessary, and refer violations by non-treaty Indians and non-Indians to the appropriate state courts.
  • Safely operate and maintain all equipment pertinent to law enforcement including, but not limited to boats, vehicles, firearms, radios, boat and vehicle electronic equipment, photography equipment, etc.
  • Cooperate with and assist other enforcement agencies in matters of mutual concern and/or mutual aid relating to ordinances, regulations, and enforcement. Maintain open lines of communication with tribal fishers, fellow officers, dispatchers, and supervisors.
  • Cooperate with and assist other community organizations as needed to achieve public safety outcomes within a system of community oriented policing strategies.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the contents of both the CRITFC Personnel Policy Manual and the Law Enforcement Department’s Policy Manual.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  • Oregon DPSST certified or certifiable in the State of Oregon with knowledge and experience of general enforcement duties and techniques. Knowledge or ability to learn tribal fishing rights and tribal, federal, and state enforcement codes.
  • Ability to maintain composure and professional behavioral standards in highly complex and stressful situations.
  • Ability to become familiar with equipment and patrol techniques for effective public safety strategies in the main stem Columbia River area.
  • Work well as a team member with other CRITPD officers, CRITFC staff, and officers from other tribal and non-Indian enforcement agencies.
  • Ability to work within an inter-disciplinary setting that includes public health, housing, food security and other similar agencies that help support community oriented public safety outcomes.
  • Possess self-initiative and ability to function with minimal direct supervision in conducting productive protective and enforcement patrols.
  • Possess tact and good communications skills, both verbal and written.
  • Possess basic computer skills for report writing, CAD/MDT operations, messaging, etc.
  • Maintain physical standards required of a police officer for purposes of health, safety, agility, and professional appearance.
  • Ability and willingness to attend additional training to maintain certifications and further career development.
  • Able to work long hours and rotating shifts to provide coverage related to enforcement needs and to the seasonal aspects of fisheries enforcement.
  • Residence must be within 30 minutes driving time from the CRITPD’s Hood River Enforcement Office or the CRITPD’s Boardman Enforcement Office
  • Valid driver license, excellent driving record and no criminal history. Must be able to meet standards in CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle Operation Policy.


  • Supervision Received: This position works under the direct supervision of the Patrol Sergeant and indirect supervision of the Captain and the Chief.
  • Supervision Given: Officers exercise no supervisory authority except in those instances where an officer has clear seniority over another and circumstances require an immediate supervisory decision in the absence of a supervisor or when it would be impractical to wait.

Working Conditions

Outdoor patrols by vehicle, foot, or boat; some office time for reports, training, and meetings. Must be physically fit to lift and pull fishing gear in all weather conditions, for foot patrols over rocky terrain, and for long hours of surveillance. Required to qualify for and carry firearms, CED, capsicum, and an asp baton. Must be prepared to handle physical, verbal, and potentially dangerous confrontations. Must be able to work rotating shifts to ensure patrol coverage 24 hours day/7 days a week, including holidays. Some overtime work will be necessary due to surveillance, paperwork, processing evidence/property, court appearances, and case preparations or follow-up. After the initial basic police academy of 16 weeks, travel for training, meetings, conferences, may be for one or more days depending on the purpose of travel.

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

CRITFC requires all new employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment, and as a condition of that employment.


Application Form

Click here to download the CRITFC Enforcement job application form.

Please submit a cover letter along with your completed application.

Disregard the instructions below as it is for general non-enforcement CRITFC job applicants. However, the email and mailing addresses are correct for your submission.

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.