Nez Perce Tribe

Over 150 years ago, the Nez Perce Tribe signed a treaty with the United States government. In the Treaty of 1855, the Nez Perce retained total fishing rights on all streams and rivers within the boundaries of the original 13.4 million acre reservation that extended outward to “all usual and accustomed places” including the mainstem Columbia River. Tribal ancestors maintained these rights because the once abundant salmon runs were vital to their way of life and future generations. Since then, salmon and steelhead runs have declined to crisis proportions due largely to hydroelectric power developments, habitat degradation, water quality impacts, and over-harvesting.

Today, maintaining a healthy 13-plus million acre watershed and improving survival of salmon and steelhead under the auspices of the 1855 Treaty, rests with the Tribe’s Department of Fisheries Resources Management program. Our vision is to recover and restore all species and populations of anadromous and resident fish within the traditional lands of the Nez Perce Tribe.

The Nez Perce Tribe Department of Natural Resources consists of the Land Services, Cultural Resources, Wildlife Resources, Forest Resources, Water Resources, and Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Divisions.  These divisions focus on delivering resource management services on the reservation and participating in the planning, implementation and decision-making of land management activities affecting the Nez Perce Treaty and usual and accustomed territories.  The programs provide protection of reserved treaty-rights in all areas to their best abilities.  Department administration is structured to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach in meeting these needs.

Nez Perce Tribe Lapwai, ID
Dec 06, 2018
Full time
The Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) Environmental Restoration and Waste Management (ERWM) program is recruiting for: HANFORD PROJECT LEGAL POLICY ANALYST HR-18-107 full-time. Located at Lapwai, ID. The ERWM programs’ role is to protect the Tribe’s treaty-reserved right at the Hanford Site in the state of Washington, regulate air quality on the Tribe’s Reservation in the state of Idaho, and oversee emergency response planning on the Reservation. The ideal candidate will be a team player; will have sound judgement, accompanied by excellent research, writing, and communications skills; the ability t analyze complex factual, legal, and policy issues; the ability to delve deeply into environmental strategies and projects related to the Tribe’s interests at the Hanford Site; and the ability to respond to a wide array of environmental issues that require prompt and accurate analysis. The Tribe offers an attractive compensation package, including: medical and life insurance, a matching 401 (k) contribution, and a generous leave policy. The successful candidate will be working with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). However, the Program will provide training and professional development opportunities for the successful candidate in these areas. Experience working on behalf of Indian tribes or other governments is preferred. Requires a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Applicants must also pass a criminal background check with no criminal convictions, hold membership in good standing with a state bar, have a minimum of one (1) year of legal practice experience, and have a positive work history. Please send a cover letter, resume, 5-10 page writing sample, and three (3) letters of references along with your Nez Perce Tribe application. Class description available from the Tribe’s Human Resources Department. The Nez Perce Tribe is a drug free work environment, pre-employment drug testing required. Must provide a current motor vehicle report from the state(s) where you have been licensed to drive within the last three (3) years. Open until filled. (Grade 28) Remember to say you found this opportunity at