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Genetics Research Intern

Closing Date: May 5, 2023

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.

These two internships are specifically geared towards Native students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs and interested in salmon genetics through opportunities with the Hagerman Genetics Lab. Internships are intended for a period of 6-8 weeks (30-40 hours per week; $18/hour) in the summer of 2023, with activities focused on lab techniques used in fisheries genetics. Interns will be based at the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station (HFCES), which is a shared facility with the University of Idaho based in Hagerman ID. Housing will be provided for the period of the internship at a dorm facility located on-site.

Position Details


  • $18/hour (30-40 hours per week for 6-8 weeks).
  • Housing will be provided for the period of the internship at a dorm facility located on-site. (Dorm has bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry)
  • Interns will be responsible for all personal expenses including food and travel to/from the facility.
  • Expenses directly related to field sampling or attendance of meetings will be covered by CRITFC.


Internship Goals

  • Increase exposure of tribal members to professional careers protecting tribal resources with advanced genetic tools.
  • Promote retention of tribal students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees.
  • Provide hands-on internship with experience and mentoring in a fisheries genetics lab.
  • Increase interactions with academic faculty and professionals in the field of fisheries genetics.
  • Encourage employment in fisheries and natural resources, with exposure to fisheries programs of CRITFC member tribes.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a deeper understanding of advanced genetic tools that are applied for fisheries research, while conducting work through a Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) lens.
  • Explore career and educational goals with faculty and mentors.
  • Acquire familiarity with options for graduate school and employment processes through regional fisheries programs.


  • Must be a member or descendant of a Native American tribe.
  • Currently enrolled in a related field of study as a full-time undergraduate student during the current academic year (minimum of 12 credit hours) at a regional institution.
  • Have an interest in majoring in the natural resources field.
  • Have an interest in working for a tribal organization and fisheries program.
  • Someone considering a career or graduate school in the field of natural resources.


This internship has no supervisory role.

Working Conditions

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Application Procedure


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Application review is ongoing and will continue until position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Contact Shawn Narum, CRITFC Lead Geneticist, if you wish to have an informal conversation in advance of a formal application.

Please disregard the application information below. We are in the process of updating the application process and website templates.

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.