• Survey supported drone work

    Survey supported drone work

    SHN surveyors are bringing new technologies to traditional methods.
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  • Punta Gorda Lighthouse

    Punta Gorda Lighthouse

    SHN geologists, engineers, and materials inspectors testing concrete at this lighthouse, the most western point of the continental US.
  • Work-Life Integration

    Work-Life Integration

    SHN staff live where we work and play, such as kayaking on Ten Mile Lake, OR.
  • Caring for Forests

    Caring for Forests

    Water quality sampling is an indicator of forest health and sustainable management.
  • Community engagement

    Community engagement

    SHN, the Redwood Community Action Agency, and the City of Arcata organized a walkability assessment.
  • High desert groundwater monitoring

    High desert groundwater monitoring

    Work is great when this is your office.
  • Time for Reflection

    Time for Reflection

    Sure, we work hard but short commutes and nearby natural areas allow us the time for reflection.

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SHN Welcomes Chuck Steffensmeier, PE--our New OR South Coast Region Principal

SHN is pleased to announce to announce that Charles “Chuck” Steffensmeier, PE, has joined SHN as our Oregon South Coast Regional Principal.  Chuck is an experienced leader and manager in civil engineering design, project management, and construction, with special focus on railroad bridge hydrology and hydraulics, and structural design.  His experience spans railroad design and construction, maintenance, structures design, inspection and construction, water resources, permitting, and project management.  Chuck’s most recent position was as Chief Engineer of port facilities, for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay.  He was responsible for construction contracts and contractor performance for railroad and marina projects.  He was also the bridge engineer for the Coos Bay Rail Line.  Chuck continues as the Bridge Inspector for the Coos Bay Railroad, which entails annual bridge inspection and special inspections for the rail line. 

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Gwen Erickson, PG, presenting Fundamentals of Erosion and Sedimentation

Gwen Erickson, PG (with stormwater credentials as a Trainer of Record for QSD/CGP and QISP/IGP) will be leading a webinar on the Fundamentals of Erosion and Sedimentation, for staff of the City of Eureka's engineering and public works department.  She will cover the types and causes of erosion, erosion source controls, how to select appropriate Best Management Practices, and the content and designs needed for Erosion and Sediment Control Plans.  Gwen is providing this webinar via Zoom due to COVID-19 protocols, but has provided similar trainings in person to other city government departments and agencies.  The City of Eureka's interactive webinar will be held on January 20, 2022.  If you are interested in having Gwen assist your staff in stormwater compliance, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Welcome New SHNers!

SHN is pleased to announce that two experienced engineers have joined us.  They are Richard Culp, PE and Casey Christensen, PE.  Richard’s most recent work was with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), where he designed public utility infrastructure and managed construction.  He provided technical assistance to, and was the lead trainer for, water and wastewater operators.  Richard also was the General Manager of a rural, coastal special purpose district for over 10 years.  Casey comes to SHN from another consulting firm, where he provided structural design for private homes, K-12 campuses, and commercial developments.  Other recent hires include Natalie Mclaughlin (grants administration), Maya Rose (GIS, UAV), Alyssa Troia (geology), Brynn Huzzen (biology), Howie Hill (survey), Justin Delgado (planning), Renee Brown (admin), Amanda Gonzales and Leif Wanta (materials testing) and Tamara Emard, Jonathan Blout, Jared Goebel, Peter Dunn, and Kyle Reese (engineering).


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Why Engineering at SHN?

Part-time and full-time civil engineering opportunities!  We are looking for mid- and senior level engineers for work in our North Coast and Mendocino regions.  Why engineering at SHN's Eureka, Willits, or Fort Bragg offices?

  • Live, work, and play in the most beautiful places on Earth, offering river, ocean, trail, and many other outdoor sports and activities.  Humboldt and Mendocino Counties also offer vibrant music and arts communities, and award-winning schools.
  • With over 40 years in business and community service, SHN offers an entree into our close-knit communities.
  • Work flexibility; we are looking for part-time and full-time staff.
  • Our small firm offers shareholder opportunities, a family-friendly and supportive team culture, and benefits for part-time employment.

To learn more about SHN and these positions, click here


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Join Our TEAM

Looking for a change in the right direction?

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.

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Featured Projects

  • Martin Slough Sewage Collection System Upgrade, Eureka, CA
    Civil Engineering

    Martin Slough Sewage Collection System Upgrade, Eureka, CA

    SHN’s redesign of the sewer system eliminated overflows to Martin Slough, saved the City and taxpayers $2.8 million in construction costs, and decreased future energy use by eliminating 13 pumping stations.

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  • Seismic Hazard Evaluation at an Operating Hydroelectric Dam

    Seismic Hazard Evaluation at an Operating Hydroelectric Dam

    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.

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  • Biological Monitoring for Willits Highway 101 Bypass Construction
    Biological Sciences

    Biological Monitoring for Willits Highway 101 Bypass Construction

    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.

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  • “Hazmat” Investigation and Remediation at 46 CAL FIRE sites
    Environmental Services

    “Hazmat” Investigation and Remediation at 46 CAL FIRE sites

    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. 

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  • Low Impact Development of Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House
    Water Resources

    Low Impact Development of Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House

    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.

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  • Materials Testing and Special Inspections at Frank R. Howard Hospital
    Materials Testing

    Materials Testing and Special Inspections at Frank R. Howard Hospital

    SHN’s field and laboratory efforts were observed and approved by inspectors from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), the agency that ensures safe healthcare facilities.

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    Peninsula Light Company in Gig Harbor, WA thanks SHN

    “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.”

    — Dennis P. Walden, P.E.
    Peninsula Light Company

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    • Coos Bay, OR
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