Project Description

Nichole Smith

Field & CAD Technician

Growing up in rural Vermont at the end of a dead-end road a half-mile to the closest neighbor, Nichole remembers the excitement she felt as a kid collecting Monarch butterflies in her backyard. “I was in my element hiking around the woods and watching nature,” says Nichole. The intrigue stuck and years later she went on to receive a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont.

Since then, Nichole has been involved in a diversity of field work ranging from a National Science Foundation grant-funded program performing rapid assessments of stream health around Vermont; working with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife on creel and stream surveys; studying the linkage between evolution and ecology in guppy populations on the Caribbean island of Trinidad; surveying and monitoring streams in the Columbia River basin for the CHAMP program; and most recently, surveying a 220-mile-long property boundary along the Oregon Coast range over the period of a year. “If I had my way, I’d spend more time in a tent than in my house,” says Nichole.

She joined Inter-Fluve in 2015 to aid in surveying and CAD. With her detailed, methodical, yet laid-back personality, she quickly became the go-to for surveying. “I like being a part of restoration projects where I’m able to see a project through from survey to design,” says Nichole. Recent projects have included a culvert replacement in Portland, and habitat improvements on Washington’s McCormick Creek and Abernathy Creek.

Out of the office, you’ll likely find Nichole riding her mountain bike with her faithful yellow lab “Mansfield” at her side, snowboarding on Mount Hood, or working on her new house.

“I like being a part of restoration projects where I’m able to see a project through from survey to design.”