Community Planner
Job Details
Los Angeles, Pasadena, Irvine, or San Diego - , CA
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree

Who We Are


ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental and community planning consulting firm delivering work that matters.


We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands. 


Our planners, scientists, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.


At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success.


We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.


Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.


Who You Are


An effective team member with 5 years of experience supporting, and in some cases leading, all aspects of community planning relating to land use, public policy, community development and permitting. You have prepared, and have comprehensive knowledge of, policy planning, land use permitting, and relevant regulatory and environmental regulations and processes.


A planner who has significant experience working on federal, state, and local land use policies and regulations, especially related to sustainability, climate change, hazard mitigation, transportation, housing, and natural resource planning.


You hold a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban planning, geography, public policy, or an interdisciplinary field who can work with minimal direction for most tasks.


What You Will Do for ESA


Lead projects of moderate complexity and large tasks on complex municipal and private development projects being responsible for the development of planning and regulatory compliance documents in accordance with applicable guidelines and requirements while delivering assignments within budget and schedule.


Serve as a technical specialist, evaluating, selecting, and adapting standard techniques and procedures then effectively communicating with senior staff and teaming partners to support policy analyses and permit compliance.


You will research, analyze and interpret social, economic, population and land use data and trends; interpret and apply applicable land use and environmental government codes, ordinances, and regulations and be the primary author of technical memoranda or reports.


Participate in and/or lead client meetings, present at or provide support at community workshops and public hearings.


You will also be responsible for preparing draft scopes of work and budgets for tasks and/or projects of moderate complexity for proposals or contract negotiations.


What ESA Will Do for You


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of professionals for whom every day involves career growth, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental and community stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.


At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance, too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays to name a few.


No matter what stage you are at in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals, and believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, attendance at Conferences and participation in our ESAcademy.


ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)


Note: All applications received (if complete) will be carefully reviewed by an employee of ESA for fit and experience.  ESA does not utilize software or algorithms to prescreen resumes.