A.A.S. in Environmental Technology, Southwestern Oregon Community College (2004) 

B.S. Natural Resources, Oregon State University (2015)


Dan has lived in the Coos Bay area since the sixth grade. He worked at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) doing maintenance and grounds keeping as a summer job during high school. His work around OIMB and his participation in the Coos Natural Resource Systems course at Marshfield High School peaked his interest in Natural Resources. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Oregon State University.

Dan and his wife Nicole live in Allegany with their son Hayden, daughter Paisley, and their animals. They enjoy living up the river in Allegany where they are closer to the outdoors and can enjoy activities like camping, fishing, hunting, and playing in the garden and the yard.

What Dan Does at CoosWA

Dan participated in a work-study program with the CoosWA nursery when the nursery was located on the SWOCC campus. He then took a summer position on a field crew and was offered a staff position as a Monitoring Technician after he graduated. As the fish habitat specialist at the Coos Watershed Association, Dan has taken on progressively more responsibilities. He now manages multiple survey crews and acts as a crew leader on mostly aquatic habitat inventory surveys, does a lot of data analysis, and grant proposal and report writing. In addition to his excellence in field monitoring and leading survey crews, Dan is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Dan Draper_Fish Habitat Specialist

Contact Dan

t: 541-888-5922 ex. 308