Senior Environmental Planner/Senior Project Manager
Job Details
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


An experienced Environmental Planner with a minimum of 10 years of experience in leading or directing the development of high-quality environmental analyses including CEQA and NEPA documentation and client deliverables for both public agency clients. You have prepared and have comprehensive knowledge of policy planning, water-related regulatory permitting, and relevant regulatory and environmental regulations and processes 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 CEQA and NEPA documents and permits for water-related projects such as those associated with water and wastewater infrastructure, water supply, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, flood management and ecosystem restoration. Work with power generation, renewable energy and other infrastructure (e.g. transportation) projects is helpful.


You possess excellent oral and presentation skills and have lead 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 course work in environmental, planning, geography, public policy, or a related interdisciplinary field.


What You Will Do for ESA


As a senior level Environmental Planner you will lead or direct multi-faceted planning projects in collaboration with scientists, engineers, landscape architects and other specialists on larger and more complex municipal water-related projects.


You will demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the development of environmental compliance and planning documents in accordance with applicable guidelines and requirements, while delivering assignments within budget and schedule.


Serve as a planning specialist, preparing and managing complex environmental analyses and coordinating with key team members, including senior staff, subconsultants, and clients. You will produce technical work and written products that are clear, concise, and well‐supported.


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


Lead the preparation of proposals for mid‐sized 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. You may also lead and direct marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies.


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.


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, a performance bonus program, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays to name a few.


At every stage 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. We 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 Water Team in Northern California


Our Northern California Water Practice focuses on water resources plans and projects: water supply and infrastructure, flood protection and restoration, wastewater and recycled water. We have managed the environmental analysis, permitting, and implementation of hundreds of water resources projects for local to state-wide and national clients. From regulating agencies to water resource and land use agencies, we help our clients successfully complete plans and projects that have positive effects on water resources and the provision of safe and clean water throughout California.


To read about one of the many exciting projects we have recently completed check out this link: Pure Water Soquel.


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)