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Welcome Gretchen O'Brien and Sean Rowe!

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!


Come join us!

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.

Welcome Senior Planner Bruce Grove!

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.

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. 

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. 

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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812 W. Wabash Ave.
Eureka, CA 95501-2138
Tel: 707-441-8855
Fax: 707-441-8877

Office Locations:

  • Arcata, CA
  • Eureka, CA
  • Fort Bragg, CA
  • Redding, CA
  • Willits, CA
  • Coos Bay, OR
  • Klamath Falls, OR

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