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Principal Air Quality & Acoustics Analyst

Job Details

Los Angeles, Pasadena, Irvine, Thousand Oaks, San Diego - _, CA
Bachelor's Degree
$96,728.00 - $145,092.00 Salary


ESA is looking for an experienced Principal Air Quality & Acoustics Analyst to lead and direct multi-faceted CEQA/NEPA projects in collaboration with scientists, engineers, architects, and other specialists on large and complex municipal and private development projects. The ideal candidate shall specialize in air, quality, noise and vibration, health risk assessments, greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous materials, or other similar environmental disciplines. The ideal candidate shall conduct regular client interaction, be responsible for client stewardship, and regularly represent ESA through various business development and marketing activities.


Who We Are


We are a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm that values diversity and inclusion and celebrates the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that our variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions, which fosters our continued success for our employee-owners and clients.


Who You Are


You are an experienced Principal Air Quality & Acoustics Analyst with a minimum of 10 years of experience in leading or directing the development of high-quality community and environmental analyses, including CEQA and NEPA documentation and client deliverables for both public agency and private development clients. You have prepared air quality and noise analyses and have comprehensive knowledge of air quality regulations at the federal, state, and local levels, air quality permitting, noise ordinances, and other relevant environmental regulations and guidance documents in California.


You are an effective team member and communicator who proactively identifies and contributes constructively to address broad project or team issues, providing mentoring and coaching to more junior staff to foster teamwork. You are a planner who has significant experience working on a variety of project types and environmental documents, including various types of environmental impact reports (EIRs) (e.g., program, project, master plan, specific plan), sustainable communities' environmental assessments (SCEAs), CEQA categorical exemptions, and environmental impact statements (EISs) and environmental assessments (EAs).


You are familiar with California Department of Transportation templates (AQR, AQCA, NADIR, etc.). Experience working with airports and seaports, public infrastructure, recreation and parks, general and specific plans, and planning documents (e.g., General Plan Updates) is helpful.


You can conduct, review, and provide QA/QC feedback on emissions and noise modeling from software including but not limited to Microsoft Excel, CalEEMod, EMFAC, AERMOD, and RCNM.


You possess excellent oral and presentation skills and have led and directed marketing and business development pursuits, including developing capture strategies and leading proposals, interviews, and presentations.


You hold a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in environmental, urban, or transportation planning; atmospheric science; climate and sustainability; geography; public policy; or a related interdisciplinary field.


What You Will Do for ESA


As a Principal Air Quality & Acoustics Analyst, you will lead or direct multifaceted CEQA/NEPA projects in collaboration with scientists, engineers, architects, and other specialists on large and complex municipal and private development projects. You will demonstrate a clear understanding of project and task management principles and practices and be responsible for the development of environmental compliance and planning documents by applicable guidelines and requirements while delivering assignments within budget and on schedule.


You will serve as a CEQA specialist, preparing and managing complex air quality, energy, greenhouse gas, and noise analyses and coordinating with key team members, including senior staff, sub-consultants, and clients. Familiarity with NEPA is desirable. You will produce technical work and written products that are clear, concise and well-supported.


You will consistently demonstrate your solid writing skills and attentive listening skills and will participate in and/or lead client meetings. You will present at or provide support at community workshops and public hearings, effectively presenting complex technical information clearly and concisely.


You will lead the preparation of proposals for midsized projects and assist with proposals for larger projects, providing technical input, contributing to proposal writing, identifying opportunities, and engaging with proposal/interview teams. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets, as well as scope modifications/cost amendments when necessary.


You may also lead and direct marketing and business development pursuits, including developing capture strategies. You will provide mentorship and support for junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance while working on projects together. You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines while working on a team or independently.


ESA has established multiple pay ranges tailored to the economic factors in the geographies in which ESA staff reside. For this position the range, as the position is written, is generally $96,728-$145,092 annually based on our anticipated hiring locations as noted in the above job details. Actual compensation is determined by several factors including but not limited to an individual’s related experience, education, skills, and the city in which the applicant lives.


What’s Special About ESA


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.


At ESA, we provide benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), annual allocations of company shares through our ESOP, a 401(k) plan with company match, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.


We also provide specific programs 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 through tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.


What’s Special About Our Air Quality, Climate, and Acoustics Team in Southern California


Protecting the health and well-being of our communities is more important and challenging than ever. The Southern California Air Quality, Climate, and Acoustics Team partners with clients to thoughtfully navigate these complexities. Our team provides integrated, technically sound, and flexible solutions for our clients to reduce the emissions of air pollutants, greenhouse gases, and noise. We have contributed to the success of numerous significant projects in the region including the Inglewood Basketball Entertainment Center, County of Los Angeles 2045 Climate Action Plan Program EIR, Culver Studios Innovation Plan, and many others. We hope you will add your talents to our team!



In accordance with ESA’s duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards and to minimize the exposure to potential hazards, any employee who works from an ESA office or conducts any other in-person ESA work-related activity is required to submit their proof of vaccination status or have received an approved exemption and accommodation.


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