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Dispatcher/Communications Officer (multiple openings)

Closing Date: Open until filled.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department (CRITPD) provides law enforcement of 31 treaty fishing access sites and other tribal lands along a 150-mile stretch of the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam, ensuring that fish are caught in accordance with regulations. Dispatchers/Communication Officers work in the CRITPD Headquarters in Hood River, answering calls for assistance, dispatching officers to respond and keeping logs of all activities. This role uses radio communications extensively to support Police Officers who are in the field.

CRITFC’s Dispatchers/Communications Officers come from a variety of backgrounds and don’t need prior police or security experience. All Dispatchers/Communications Officers will receive extensive initial training. It is useful but not required to have experience in community services, social services, medical services, the military, or other jobs where safety and good communication are critical.

CRITFC offers competitive compensation and an exceptional benefits package, including medical, dental, 401(k), 8 hours of vacation accrued each month (to start), 12 paid holidays, and paid sick time. We provide professional development opportunities, promote from within, and have a Native hiring preference as part of our commitment to our people. As a result, you will find a work environment that supports and inspires our shared goals of protecting the natural world and the tribal cultural connection to it.

Position Details

  • Department: Enforcement (Columbia River Inter-Tribal Police Department)
  • Classification: Full time, 40 hours/week, Regular (i.e. not temporary)
  • Salary/Wage Range: Dispatchers/Communications Officers are paid an annual salary of $45,760 (no relevant experience) to $49,962 to start. This is equivalent to $22.00 to $24.02/hour.
  • Location: Hood River, OR
  • Work Schedule: 4×10 shifts, working four days per week with three days off. All team members rotate day/swing/night shifts every three months.
  • Recruitment Period: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Contact Misty Martin, Dispatch Supervisor, if you would like to ask questions or discuss the position informally before you submit an application.


  • Answer emergency and non-emergency calls to the CRITFC Police Department. Be the first point of contact for people in need of assistance. Provide stability in stressful situations.
  • Determine what type of situation is occurring and send the appropriate responder, either a CRITPD officer, fire or medical personnel.
  • Maintain telephone, radio and department logs. Keeping accurate logs is an important aspect of this role.
  • Perform general office duties and assist in the smooth functioning of the office. Maintain office equipment and supplies.
  • Learn and maintain Oregon Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS) and U.S. Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) certification. Earn and maintain CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Learn and maintain strong working knowledge of the Department Operations Manual, Communication Division Procedures, and Lexipol policies.
  • Learn and maintain strong working knowledge of tribal fishing regulations.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of and respect for the unique customs and traditions of the four member tribes, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, and the Nez Perce Tribe.
  • Be an exceptional team member for CRITPD colleagues. Listen well and speak with respect.
  • Always put safety first.


  • A strong track record of attendance and being on time for work. A reputation for being someone who can be counted on to not miss shifts.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations. Ability to listen well.
  • Ability to learn to speak clearly and concisely on a police radio.
  • In order to become Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) qualified, you must be able to meet minimum moral fitness and ethical qualifications and pass a background investigation with no convictions of felonies. Candidates with misdemeanor criminal history will be considered on a case by case basis.


  • Supervision Received: This position works under the direct supervision of the Dispatch Supervisor.
  • Supervision Given: No supervisory authority.

Working Conditions

Primarily sedentary work in an office setting. Rotating 24/7 shifts, including holidays. Some overtime may be necessary to ensure shift coverage. Some overnight travel for initial and ongoing training.

CRITFC Motor Vehicle Policy

This job occasionally 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
  • No more than one major violation or two minor violations.

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 the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Short cover letter
  3. CRITFC Enforcement job application (download here)

If you have questions or would like to discuss this opportunity in advance of applying, feel free to email Captain Russell Spino. Captain Spino would be happy to answer your questions or discuss your candidacy.

Application Form

Click here to download the CRITFC Enforcement job application form.

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.

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.