Managing Biologist
Los Angeles - Los Angeles, 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, 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 an effective team member and communicator who contributes constructively and cooperatively to solve project or team issues while working collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams.


You have served as the primary author on a variety of environmental documents such as biological assessments, evaluations, and reports, and sections of NEPA and CEQA analyses utilizing your excellent writing and editing skills.


You are known for preparing documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present information understandably and speak persuasively about complex topics to clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.


You work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have developed and tracked scope, schedules and budgets.


You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related environmental or ecological field and have a minimum of 7 years of professional experience which includes construction compliance monitoring and performing biological resource surveys such as habitat assessments, species inventories, and aquatic resources delineations in the greater Los Angeles area. Experience conducting USFWS/CDFW protocol surveys is a plus.


You enjoy field work and are able to walk long distances carrying a backpack, safely operate, load and transport equipment and gear, and cross fences, creeks and other obstacles.    


What You Will Do for ESA


Use judgment and critical thinking to select, apply and adapt standard techniques, methods and procedures for a wide range of lower to moderately complex biological studies. You will serve as a technical specialist, peer review the work of others and provide supervision to more junior team members.


Perform and sometimes lead biological field studies such as native flora and fauna surveys including rare plant surveys, vegetation classification and habitat mapping, nesting bird surveys, wetland delineations and endangered species documentation. While conducting construction site monitoring you may work in close proximity to heavy equipment.


Serve as a primary author of environmental documents potentially including technical memoranda, biological assessments/evaluations, scientific discipline reports, sections of NEPA, CEQA analyses, and resource-related permit applications.


Serve as Deputy Project Manager or Project Manager. Oversee the completion of specific project tasks including coordinating the project delivery schedule, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining project related information, serve as the point person for team member or client questions and deliver project assignments on time and within budget.


What ESA Will Do for You


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals knowing that you have contributed to outstanding 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, an employee stock ownership program, 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, and attendance at Conferences.


What’s Special About Our Los Angeles Office


Our Los Angeles office team includes biologists, hydrologists, archaeologists, planners and environmental scientists. We work on exciting and challenging projects including land management planning, restoration, water and wastewater, transportation, and commercial and residential developments. 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 Ballona Wetland Restoration, Devereaux Slough, Yuba River Canyon, and Giant Marsh.


The Southern California Biology Group as well as the region get together for annual camping trips, Dodger games, summer picnics, and golf tournaments. We like to have fun outside of work!


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