Who We Are
ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting delivering 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 in a multi-disciplinary environment.
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 colleagues, 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 or Master’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, policy, and science, or a related interdisciplinary field and have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience which includes conducting research and preparing environmental compliance evaluations and assessments.
Experience with managing environmental projects for water projects is a plus.
sustainability and climate change; and natural resource planning in the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento / San Joaquin Delta, and Central Valley regions, as well as throughout California in general.
You are an effective team member with excellent oral and writing skills who proactively identifies and contributes constructively to address broad project or team issues, providing mentoring and coaching to more junior staff as you progress to foster teamwork.
What You Will Do for ESA
As an Environmental Planner, you will serve as project manager, deputy project manager, task manager, and / or contributing author for CEQA and NEPA documents for water-related projects.
You will be responsible for coordinating task or project delivery schedules, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining related information and resources, assisting with 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.
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.
Provide mentorship and support 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.
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 : .
ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M / V / F / D)