Senior Environmental Planner
Job Details
Seattle Office - Seattle, WA
Bachelor's Degree

We are seeking a highly motivated Project Manager/Senior Environmental Planner to join us in the Pacific Northwest. We are looking for a team member with at least 8-15 years of experience who has the intellectual curiosity and proactivity to continue the advancement of our established team of environmental consultants. This is a senior-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of Water Resource professionals. The position will primarily support SEPA and NEPA projects in the Northwest region. This opportunity is focused on collaboration, delivery, and client service.  


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 hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, policy, science, or a related interdisciplinary field and have a minimum of 8 years of professional experience, which includes project management and preparing SEPA and NEPA environmental compliance evaluations and assessments.


You are a senior-level professional who has significant experience working on a variety of project types, such as: transportation; utility; airports; seaports; public infrastructure; recreation and parks; general and specific plans; adaptation/resiliency; comprehensive plans; subarea plans; land use code analysis, environmental permit applications and compliance; sustainability and climate change; and foundational elements of planning especially related to SEPA and NEPA in Washington state. Experience with SEPA checklists and EISs, and their associated technical studies, is required.


You are known for identifying team members, managing subconsultants, and 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 colleagues, clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders, and the general public.

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 are an effective leader and team member who contributes constructively and cooperatively to proactively solve project or team issues while working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. 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.


What You Will Do for ESA


You will serve as Project Manager or Senior Environmental Planner, permitting lead, and/or contributing author for SEPA and NEPA documents for a variety of infrastructure and planning projects. You will be responsible for managing project deliverable schedules, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining related information and resources, budget tracking and invoicing, meeting with team members to gauge progress toward task completion, serve as the point person for team member or client questions, and deliver project assignments on time and within budget.


You will also consistently demonstrate your solid writing and attentive listening skills. Participate in and/or lead client meetings, and present information understandably and speak persuasively about complex topics to clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders, and the general public.


You will lead marketing and business development for selected tasks and/or projects of moderate complexity. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets for proposals or contract negotiations, providing technical input, and participating in interviews.


You will provide mentorship, support, and supervision for more 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. You are committed to treating people respectfully and equitably.


What ESA Will Do for You


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 spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance too—by providing benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, and 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 we believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but will also benefit all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs we offer include tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.


What’s Special About Our Water Resources Team in Seattle


Our Water Resources team includes planners, permit specialists, floodplain managers, and facilitators that provide expertise for many municipalities in the Puget Sound and Washington state regions, educational institutions, and private developers. Our work matters because it helps communities shape a positive future for their citizens. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.


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)