Landscape Architect
San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose - , CA
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree

Who We Are


ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental 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 scientists, planners, landscape architects, 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


You are a self-directed person who is organized and comfortable leading a number of tasks and projects concurrently. Experience in production of native habitat restoration design documents and a desire to work in multi-disciplinary teams is essential. You are an articulate, effective team member who has at least five years of experience in planning and designing habitat restoration, parks, public access, and other types of public infrastructure projects in a professional setting, and are savvy with using AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite and other design software to prepare bid-ready construction packages.


You hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and are licensed in California or are in the process of obtaining your license.


You are comfortable producing design plans, specifications and cost estimates, and have a working knowledge of civil engineering, environmental science and permitting principals, practices and procedures.


You have an interest in and familiarity with native ecosystems, plants, and environmental regulations and are looking for an opportunity to expand your knowledge base and skills.


What You Will Do for ESA


Lead and manage a range of restoration, park and trail related tasks and projects of moderate complexity, including designing and detailing system plans and master plans; participating in, and/or leading client and stakeholder meetings; producing construction documents; and conducting field inspections in a variety of settings, situations, and locations. Coordinate staff assignments and workloads with design team managers. Review project accounting and prepare invoices.


Support marketing efforts and contribute to the development of scopes, fee estimates, and other narrative components of task orders and proposals. Participate in project presentations and proposal interviews.


Serve as a technical specialist in restoration of California native plant communities, including planting, establishment, monitoring and maintenance methods. Lead grading, layout, irrigation and detailing tasks, including generating graphics by hand, with minimal oversight.


What ESA Will Do for You


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental 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 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.


What’s Special About Our Team


ESA’s Environmental Hydrology and Design team in Northern CA includes engineers, hydrologists, geomorphologists, ecologists and landscape architects. Much of our work is oriented toward the restoration of natural processes and ecosystem function, often as part of multi-benefit projects in environmentally sensitive settings. As a highly-integrated team, we value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.


To read about some of the exciting projects we have recently completed check out these links: Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, Maxwell Farms Regional Park Master Plan and Upper Devereux Slough Restoration.


If you are interested in applying to become an employee-owner at ESA, please provide us with a cover letter along with your resume.


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