Wildscape Engineering Services started out as a small engineering firm founded in 2008 by Carol Beahan, PE specializing in river restoration and water quality work. Carol’s professional network and expertise continued to grow in the years following and helped shape how we manage projects today. Our approach is to work collaboratively and holistically with our clients, contractors, biologists, planners, landscape architects, geomorphologists and other professionals. This helps us capitalize on multiple project benefits and maximize the value of ecosystem services. We all share Carol’s passion for environmental engineering and ecological restoration with each team member’s expertise allowing us to deliver even greater value to our clients.
With offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, our engineering expertise is enhanced by our local knowledge. We have been serving federal and state agencies, counties, cities, nonprofits, private companies, and individual landowners since our founding.
We’re looking for a talented Restoration / Storm Water Drainage Design Engineer to join us.
Carol Beahan, PE, QSD/QSP has been providing civil engineering, environmental planning, and construction management services since 1998. With a previous career in zoology and wildlife education she began work as an engineer at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, providing drinking water treatment design and pilot testing. Within a couple of years, she moved into restoration engineering and has specialized in watershed, river, and wetland restoration work ever since. Carol has led multiple teams assessing and designing for water quality, drainage, fish passage, wildlife habitat, transportation, and recreation improvements. In addition to her expertise in watershed, river, and wetland restoration planning, design and implementation, she also specializes in: drainage and erosion control design; SWPPP services, construction and storm water monitoring; beaver management related to restoration; community outreach; and plan set development. She has provided construction oversight on several successful river and wetland restoration projects, coordinated and led public and stakeholder meetings and community workshops.
Greg Hinds, MS, EIT, QISP, joined Wildscape Engineering in December 2015, bringing with him a fresh perspective and more than five years of interdisciplinary civil and environmental engineering experience. Greg has worked on hydrologic assessments, hydraulic studies, watershed-scale restoration designs, drainage designs, culvert replacements, water and sewer utility designs, and SWPPP development, implementation, and monitoring. He has well-rounded experience in sustainable rural development in the US and Latin America, including projects related to water supply and distribution, wastewater and solid waste management, and strategic land use and whole systems development. His professional background and local upbringing in the northern Sierra Nevada have equipped him with a diverse skill set and a deep-routed passion for environmental preservation and restoration.
Karri A. Smith MS, PWS, CPESC is a Restoration Ecologist and Professional Wetland Scientist with over 19 years of technical and project management experience specializing in stream, wetland, and upland wildlife habitat restoration / enhancement. Karri has successfully completed numerous large-scale wildlife habitat enhancement projects in Utah, Nevada, California, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. She has designed and implemented numerous wetland and stream restoration projects / mitigation banks and works extensively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 regulatory program. Her exemplary project success is attributed to the design-build approach of self-sustaining wetland ecosystems and conducting long-term monitoring and maintenance programs. Karri’s award-winning wildlife photography took 1st place and was selected for the cover of the Society of Wetland Scientists 2017 Calendar.
Ron Tranchina has been working as a field technician and business development manager for Wildscape Engineering since April 2015. This is Ron’s second career, one that taps into his extensive sales and marketing experience while also enabling him to develop new skills and enjoy the great outdoors. Having worked as both a VP of sales and marketing for the beer industry and as a startup founder for a beer company, Ron is passionate about helping to grow the business. Much of Ron’s work is project-based field work such as water quality sampling and reporting. He appreciates the perks of his new career: working outdoors in and around beautiful Lake Tahoe and the Sierras connecting with both nature and Wildscape’s clients. Drawing on his sales and marketing background, he enjoys providing those who need Wildscape Engineering’s civil engineering services with information about the company and the beneficial work it does.
Jamie Allec wears many hats at Wildscape, serving as both an administrative assistant and field technician. She is currently working on earning her business degree at Lake Tahoe Community College and getting certified in QuickBooks. Jamie has years of experience in human resources, administration, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. She has also completed courses in water quality monitoring and sampling. These business, accounting, and water quality skills converge in her role here at Wildscape Engineering. When she’s not in the office, you’ll often find her helping with various SWPPP and water quality monitoring efforts in the Lake Tahoe area.
John Alexander has been in the construction field since 2010. He began working as a Water Quality Field Inspector for Wildscape Engineering in 2015 where he has developed a passion for preserving the environment. He enjoys his current work in and around Tahoe and the Sierras, advising contractors how to effectively implement best management practices and maintain permit compliance on their construction sites.
New team member, profile coming soon.
Laura Nabity, M.A. has facilitated groups since 1996. She has helped clients successfully create strategic action plans, resolve complex problems, and constructively navigate conflict. She has worked with senior and staff levels of state government agencies and non-profit organizations. She specializes in the Technology of Participation (ToP®) methods and completed the Institute of Cultural Affairs advanced study course for these methods. She earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and has extensive experience with group dynamics. Laura enjoys supporting authentic participation in large and small groups and witnessing the creative and sustainable results that unfold.