We are happy to announce that Gretchen O'Brien and Sean Rowe have joined our Biological Sciences group in our Arcata office. Gretchen is a Senior Biologist and Sean is a botanist. Gretchen comes to us with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and is skilled in wildlife survey techniques. She has managed her own biological consulting firm and has 19 years of experience in wildlife surveys, habitat assessments, and mitigation strategies. Gretchen was part of the team of biologists that performed nesting bird surveys on the Willits Bypass construction. She most recently worked for the City of Arcata in the Environmental Services Department overseeing bird monitoring during construction activities, providing vegetation management protocols, and spent time at the City at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center where she identified, designed, and facilitated programs. Sean's expertise is in plant identification, wetland delineation and riparian restoration. He knows his agrostoles and angiosperms! He recently worked as Project Coordinator for the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District in completing restoration work on the Salt River project near Ferndale. This included sediment management oversight, wetland planting, and fish relocation. Prior to this he worked with Hanford Applied Restoration on the Willits Bypass, overseeing much of the plantings for that project. He has also worked with the Mattole Restoration Council on a variety of restoration projects. And he has his own native grass seed farm!
SHN is actively recruiting a planner (mid- and senior level in Redding), a Survey Party Chief (Willits office), and a Professional Licensed Surveyor (Eureka office). We are always interested to hear from mid/senior level civil engineers specializing in water, wastewater, public works, and environmental services. We offer the advantages of working at a small company (you’ll “wear lots of hats”), but we are large enough to support research and application of new technologies such as horizontal directional drilling, cured in place pipe, ElectroScan™ leak detection, and survey-supported drone services. Our current planning projects include developing university student housing, analyzing impacts from a regional medical facility, and monitoring mitigation projects relating to highway construction. Check out our Currently Open Positions page for detailed job descriptions.
Bruce Grove, a senior planner with over 20 years of experience coordinating multi-disciplinary, multi-agency planning and environmental projects, has joined our Redding office team. Bruce also brings his relationships with local government and regulatory agency staff, and with other consulting planners, architects, and engineers. In his brief time at SHN, Bruce has already opened several new opportunities for us, and has solidified relationships with some of our existing clients.
SHN is seeking an Entry Level Civil Engineer-in-Training for our Coos Bay, Oregon regional office. Our projects’ goals are many, such as improving water quality (an example is our work on the new wastewater treatment plant in Coos Bay), reducing seismic risks and improving aesthetic qualities of our built environment (such as under-grounding overhead utilities in Lincoln City), and assisting in economic development and recovery of our small rural communities (numerous projects in the energy and commercial development sectors). SHN values education and training, and supports staff as they work towards licensing and other certifications.
Welcome back to another nose-to-the-grindstone semester/quarter! We salute your extreme work ethic, and your ability to keep focused on the goal of graduating and working to make the world a better place. Here are some things to think about when you’re waiting for that numeric modeling program to run.
A career is an individual’s journey of learning and work, and whether SHN is a quick side-trip or a long and rewarding segment depends on the similarities of our future paths. SHN’s path is one that values enhancing our communities and creating a rewarding environment for employees and shareholders. We value team work, life-long learning, and family, health and work balance.
SHN geologists investigated a known fault system to determine potential seismic hazards to the dam. Trenchscan technology was used to record images that were later digitally merged to create a single image of the entire trenched area.
Beginning in 2012, SHN’s Biologist of Record managed a crew of 30 biologists that identified nesting locations of birds, prepared and implemented salmonid relocation and dewatering plans, conducted Northern Spotted Owl surveys, and prepared daily and quarterly reports documenting the interactions between construction activities and regulated biological resources.
Since 1995, SHN has performed environmental site investigation, hydrology studies, surveys, permitting, remediation design, and infrastructure evaluation and repair designs at 46 sites for CAL FIRE, the California state agency for real estate services (DGS-RESD), and the Division of the State Architect.
With Ann Baker Landscape Architecture, SHN assisted in the design of the Museum’s new outdoor nature education facility, incorporating stormwater wetlands and bioretention areas, and encouraging groundwater recharge with infiltration trenches and permeable pavements.
“The Peninsula Light Company and its members will continue to benefit from your efforts long into the future due to the project’s sustainability. On my part, I would like to express my congratulation and gratitude for the professionalism, effort, and persistence you exhibited during the execution of this challenging HDD project. I would be proud to work alongside any of your crew members and staff that brought success to this project.”
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