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Tribal Workforce Development & Outreach Coordinator

Closing Date: Open until filled.

The Columbia River Treaty tribes play a major role in salmon management and mitigation in the Pacific Northwest and provide benefits to all citizens of the Pacific Northwest. In combination, the natural resources departments of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and its member tribes dedicate approximately 600 professional and technical staff for natural resource programs and jobs. Yet, the region lacks the resources and focus to bring increasing numbers of skilled Native American employees into its fisheries programs.

Native American youth are greatly underrepresented among students of postsecondary education, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. Fewer than half of tribal youth in the Pacific and Northwestern regions of the United States graduate from high school. Although Native Americans make up 1.5% of the U.S. population, they account for only 0.7% of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in science.

The Tribal Workforce Development & Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for 1) building a robust and sustainable workforce program through education and training pathways for CRITFC tribal members to pursue and achieve STEM degrees in post-secondary educational programs at junior college, college, and graduate levels, 2) responsible for organizing, recruiting tribal youth and facilitating a week-long Salmon Camp each summer within the Columbia Basin, and 3) developing qualitative and/or quantitative methods to measure the effectiveness of actions implemented.

Position Details

  • Department: Watershed Department
  • Classification: Regular full-time, exempt status
  • Salary/Wage: $61,262-$71,651
  • Location: Portland, OR CRITFC Office

Essential Job Functions

  1. Coordinate efforts among member Tribes, federal, state, and local officials in identifying, planning, and implementing tribal workforce opportunities through specialized training and educational programs.
  2. Organize, recruit tribal youth, and facilitate a week-long tribal Salmon Camp each summer within the Columbian Basin.
  3. Develop partnering opportunities with education institutions.
  4. Coordinate design of customized internships and placement at tribal organizations and federal and state agencies.
  5. Develop informational documents (brochures, reports, handouts, videos, photographs, website, etc.) for public use that demonstrate tribal salmon restoration successes and issues surrounding education and workforce.
  6. Conduct or coordinate external outreach activities at schools, festivals, and other public events.
  7. Advocate for tribal salmon restoration successes by speaking at public venues, schools and conferences.
  8. Establish metrics and indicators of success for STEM proficiency in tribal populations that will capture evaluation findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
  9. Work in collaboration with reservation-based educators to develop culturally sensitive curriculum on natural resource management by incorporating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) with Western Science.
  10. Assist in research and writing of grant proposals to support the continuation of the program.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Public Administration, or related field and 3-5 years of experience working on tribal education issues and workforce development OR the equivalent of job experience in this area. The following requirements are highly desired:

  1. Working experience and knowledge of learning styles of Native Americans and instructional strategies.
  2. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including experience with public speaking and outreach activities.
  3. Experience organizing summer camps and working with youth.
  4. Grant writing experience.
  5. Publications development.
  6. Knowledge of Columbia Plateau tribal culture, and Native American issues in general. Experience with natural resource management, especially Columbia Basin salmon issues.
  7. Experience developing natural and cultural resource curriculum for students.
  8. Experience developing and implementing assessment methods of instructional program effectiveness.
  9. Computer skills: In-Design, Photoshop, Filemaker Pro, Excel and Microsoft Word.


  • Supervision Received: This position reports to the Watershed Department Manger. The Watershed Programs Coordinator may also provide specific direction on daily activities.
  • Supervision Given: None.

Working Conditions

Position may require extra hours to meet deadlines and participate in outreach activities, including some evenings and weekends. Some lifting and carrying of displays and outreach material is required. Frequent travel, primarily by automobile, both local and regional, is required. Work will include the office environment and field conditions. The potential of performing some job duties via telework, particularly from or near the CRITFC member tribes’ reservations and ceded lands, could be considered. The 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.

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.