• Earth flows and landslides

    Earth flows and landslides

    The iconic Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse sits on an active earth flow. SHN geologists and engineering geologists are installing instruments to monitor movement and design solutions.
  • Water storage

    Water storage

    Although the drought is over in much of California, our Mediterranean climate creates the need for stored water. SHN assists clients in permitting and designing water storage.
  • Trenchless technologies

    Trenchless technologies

    Using horizontal directional drilling, SHN installed an underwater power cable in Gig Harbor, Washington.
  • Environmental protection

    Environmental protection

    New wastewater collection and interceptor pipes, and a new pump station, eliminated sewage overflows into aquatic habitats.
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  • Community engagement

    Community engagement

    SHN, the Redwood Community Action Agency, and the City of Arcata organized a walkability assessment.
  • Droning on

    Droning on

    Our unmanned aerial vehicles ("drones") provide maps and aerial images and video that visually communicate complex ideas.
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  • Emily Machado Rodeo Winner

    Emily Machado Rodeo Winner

    SHN is a proud sponsor of Emily’s hard work and we are thankful that she allows us to vicariously experience her rodeo victories!
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The Latest from SHN


Entry Level Civil EIT Opportunity in Coos Bay

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. 

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Survey-supported Drone Work

Jason Buck (PG, CEG) recently presented our survey-supported drone capabilities to the North Coast chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers during their January 2018 lunch meeting.  Developed over the last three years, Jason’s work highlights the differences between hobby-level drone use and our professional applications that are supported by Professional Licensed Surveyors in “Responsible Charge”.  We are continuously finding new applications, from endangered plant monitoring to stockpile volume estimates. 

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Professional Licensed Surveyor Opportunity

SHN is actively searching for a mid/senior level surveyor, preferably holding PLS certification in California.  If you have reached our website through the professional land surveyor associations of California, Oregon, or Nevada, thanks for reading the discussion board thread.  You can contact Tom Herman, PLS, directly (707-459-4518, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or you may want to skip straight to the job description.  If you’re interested based on our Facebook or other social media posts, here is some additional information.  Our surveying group is lead by Tom Herman, PLS, who is our Principal Surveyor and also the Regional Manager of our Willits office.  Three others who hold PLS certifications are based in Willits and Redding.  Walter White, PLS, is our senior surveyor based in our Coos Bay, OR office.  Tom and Walter are supported by a team of experienced survey technicians.  This PLS opportunity is based in our Eureka office.

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Recruitment success but not done yet!

We are pleased to welcome six (6!) professionals to SHN.  Competition for outstanding people is keen, with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting an 8% increase in civil engineering employment to 2024.  Attracting experienced and enthusiastic people in turn attracts more of the same, and SHN is all the better for it.  We are still accepting applications for civil engineers, a surveyor, and a survey technician.  Our most recent staff additions are:  Dale Roper, PE, PLS (Redding), Justin Wilson, PE (Coos Bay), Jennifer Figueroa-Golder (Arcata), Roger Klakken (Eureka), Richard Poole, EIT (Coos Bay), and Gary Slawson (Coos Bay).  Zack Carter will be completing his intership with us, and returning to Oregon State University in September.  To read short bios, please "read more".

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From Our Blog All Blog Posts

Mentoring inspires youth and ensures our future

Mentoring inspires youth and ensures our future

By Bob Brown, AICP.  January was National Mentoring Month, but our opportunity to thank people we know as mentors continues throughout the year.  We suggest that more mentoring and mentors are needed here on the North Coast.

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Memo to Millennial Engineering Students

Memo to Millennial Engineering Students

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.

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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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