Nathan Hutchens, PE Civil Engineer

“If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”

–Warren Miller


Nate is a Spokane native who attended University High School. His first jobs were welding in a warehouse and working on the South Hill at the locally owned, Rocket Market. He’s also worked as a ski instructor at Mt. Spokane.

Nate attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a Bio-Resource option.

He is a very balanced individual who skied 100 days a year at Bridger Bowl while simultaneously pursuing a degree in a challenging field.

At Varela, Nate specializes in environmental assessment for water, wastewater, and transportation system projects.

He is a giving person, who leads quietly by his actions. So, it’s no surprise that Nate volunteers countless hours to a local mountain biking nonprofit and served as its president for several years.

His commitment to giving back in his personal life transcends to his career, where he is valued team player and innovative thinker when it comes to trouble-shooting a project’s environmental requirements and challenges.


Nate is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to travel with his wife and their dog, Sadie, the adventure Beagle. He enjoys mountain biking,rock climbing, alpine and backcountry skiing, camping, and running.

He’s an enthusiastic reader of regional work, including Montana writer Ivan Doig, and he likes to use a combination of GIS and public data to create his own maps to document past adventures and plan new ones.

Nate is an adventurer who has traveled, and continues to travel, all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada to ski, bike, and hike. He also spent seven weeks traveling southeast Asia and has explored South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. 

Nate likes to try new things and is currently working on developing his kombucha-making skills.