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Salmon Camp Coordinator

Closing Date: Open until filled.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) aims to increase the retention of Native American students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) degrees by providing research experience, mentoring, and an opportunity to explore career options in natural resources. One component of this effort is hosting an annual week-long Salmon Camp through its Tribal Workforce Development Program. The camp focuses on providing tribal students with culturally relevant and practical activities that combine Western science with traditional ecological knowledge. With the assistance of tribal fisheries experts and leaders, Salmon Campers participate in numerous hands-on activities using scientific tools and methods to collect and analyze data and make applicable connections to real concerns that their communities face. Students also gain insight on college and career options in the sciences and have many opportunities to speak with tribal professionals about their jobs and educational pathways.

Between 20 to 25 incoming 6th and 7th grade students from CRITFC’s four member tribes are selected to attend the free sleep-away camp. This year, the week-long camp will be hosted by the Umatilla Tribe at the Bar M Ranch near Pendleton, OR June 25-30.

The Salmon Camp Coordinator position is responsible for overseeing the facilitation of the Salmon Camp program and activities and ensuring the health and safety of all students that attend the CRITFC Salmon Camp. This position requires staying on-site during the camp week of June 25-30 and being available at all hours. The Salmon Camp Coordinator will supervise four camp counselors.

The Salmon Camp Coordinator will help plan, coordinate, provide outreach, implement the Salmon Camp agenda developed by CRITFC staff, and provide an assessment and report of the 2023 CRITFC Salmon Camp with recommendations for the future.

Position Details

  • Compensation: $30/hour (10-15 hours per week leading up to the Salmon Camp week itself and then available all hours from June 24–30)
  • Duration: SEASONAL 1½ – 2 months (mid- May through mid-July)
  • Location: Remote work available in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and then during Salmon Camp week required to stay at the Bar M Ranch near Pendleton, OR from June 25-30


The Salmon Camp Coordinator works closely with CRITFC staff as part of a team to perform duties and assignments that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the health and safety of all students at the CRITFC Salmon Camp
  • Provide on-sight coordination of all camp activities and work with the CRITFC team
  • Supervise four camp counselors and conduct three-hour training session in coordination with CRITFC staff on June 24th in Pendleton
  • Check that students are prepared for activities and keep the group on schedule
  • Responsible for monitoring students during day trips from campsite to field studies
  • Responsible for assisting CRITFC staff in implementing programming and activities, and other duties as assigned
  • Address behavioral issues with youth and make recommendations on course of action;


Secondary Functions:

  • Assist in Camp itinerary with input from the planning committee
  • Administrative tasks and paperwork
  • Work with the planning committee on outreach to CRITFC tribes
  • Assist in planning games for daily recreation time and play with students during that time block and other informal breaks
  • Provide first aid care to students as necessary
  • Act as a positive and mature role model for students at all times
  • Program and facility support includes instruction, food service and other tasks deemed necessary for successful camp operation by CRITFC staff
  • Increase exposure of tribal members to professional careers protecting tribal resources.
  • Promote retention of tribal students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees.
  • Encourage employment in fisheries and natural resources, with exposure to fisheries programs of CRITFC member tribes.


The person in this position will need:

  • Minimum two seasons of working as a camp coordinator/counselor or in a youth activity program
  • Current CPR and first aid certification
  • Ability to follow basic instructions
  • Good people skills and demonstrated ability to work directly with youth
  • Strong communication skills including ability to direct groups
  • Excellent problem solving and organization skills
  • Versatility and the ability to think on your feet
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol
  • Ability to work with a team to share responsibilities throughout the day


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of small and large group games and activities
  • Experience speaking in front of a crowd
  • Working knowledge of outdoor leadership skills
  • Working knowledge of the concepts of natural history and ecology


Additional Qualifications:

  • Pre-employment and/or pre-duty checks, such as criminal background check, including sexual offender and reference check


  • Supervision Received: This position reports directly to the Interim Watershed Department Manager.
  • Supervision Given: Four Camp counselors during the Salmon Camp week (June 25-30)

Working Conditions

  • Requires on-site living, in cabin with students during the Salmon Camp week
  • Room and meals provided during the Salmon Camp week
  • Must be physically able to be with students in hikes of up to 2 miles in a day
  • Work environment varies depending on the weather at the date of the program. Outdoor weather conditions vary from extreme heat to chilly, rainy nights
  • Must have visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability to: recognize hazards in the camp setting, physical symptoms of injury or illness, respond verbally to health and safety concerns, and to deal appropriately with improper behavior
  • Additional or extended working hours may be required occasionally to meet job-related duties and functions. Must be able to work in physical environments requiring the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

This job frequently requires driving a CRITFC vehicle or your own vehicle for business (mileage compensated), and therefore you must be able to meet the terms of the CRITFC Motor Vehicle policy. Per the policy, applicants are required to have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record for the past three years. This includes a three-year record clear of the following:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Suspension or revoked license
  • No more than two at-fault accidents
  • One major violation or two minor violations.

Application Procedure

Submit application form and any additional application materials by email to Include job title in the subject line. We will confirm receipt of your submission.

Hiring preference:
CRITFC implements a tribal preference policy and encourages citizens and descendants of our member tribes (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama) and other federally recognized tribes to apply.

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.

CRITFC will consider non-citizen applicants who are authorized to work in the U.S. If not authorized to work in the U.S., CRITFC will provide reasonable support and accommodations to the candidate in obtaining U.S. work authorization. With the exception of certain employer required costs, CRITFC will not pay for costs related to applicant’s legal representation, filings for work authorization or immigration, or other costs related to obtaining work authorization.

*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.