Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
Pacific Region

Jen Poirier

Floating down the Deschutes RiverJen joined the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office in fall 2002.  She is currently a member of the Hatchery Assessment team, lending field support to three projects associated with lower Columbia River National Fish Hatcheries.  Jen is also the aquatic nuisance species survey coordinator and information contact for the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office.  On a typical day Jen can be found building or maintaining PIT antenna arrays to monitor hatchery and wild steelhead populations on north fork and upper Eagle Creek (Estacada, OR), surgically implanting radio telemetry tags to monitor the survival of out-migrating juvenile spring Chinook from Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery, Conducting fall Chinook spawning ground surveys on the White Salmon River (post Condit Dam removal), or surveying for aquatic invaders at lower Columbia River National Fish Hatcheries.  Variety is the spice of life!

Prior to her time at the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office, Jen spent four years working as a field technician for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission where she performed adult salmon and steelhead spawning ground surveys on lower Columbia River tributaries, coordinated and performed genetic sampling for the Zone 6 tribal fishery, and monitored commercial and sport fisheries (smelt, salmon, sturgeon) on the lower Columbia River.  Jen also spent two summers working with The Wild Salmon Center and Ecotrust, conducting juvenile and adult salmonid snorkel surveys and habitat assessments in the Tillamook and Nooksack River basins.

Jennifer has a B.S. in Organismal Biology from Portland State University and an A.S. in Fisheries Technologies from Mt. Hood Community College.

Favorite childhood quote: “Fish are my friends, not my food”.

To contact Jennifer, please call 360.604.2500 or email

Last updated: February 15, 2013
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