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 who is experienced with air quality, greenhouse gas and energy analyses, emissions modeling and knowledge of traffic impact assessments.
You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in physics, mechanical engineering civil engineering, environmental science; or you have a related degree and directly relevant qualifications.
You have 5 to 7 years of experience in environmental consulting or a closely related field.
Successful candidates will have significant experience with CEQA / NEPA impact assessment, and experience using air quality models such as AERMOD, CalEEMod, OFFROAD, EMFAC, AERSCREEN, MOVES and HARP.
Position also requires familiarity with other regulations and standards, and familiarity with CEQA Guidelines. Experience doing transportation impact analyses, technical memos, and traffic modeling is a plus.
You have excellent technical writing, time / budget management, and organizational capabilities. You have the ability to work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver projects on time and within budget in a fast-paced work environment.
You have excellent organizational and strong problem-solving skills.
You demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and are responsible for the delivery of high-quality work products.
You have the ability and desire to mentor junior staff members.
What You Will Do for ESA
You will support the Northern California Air Quality Team within the Community Development Department with the preparation of air quality, GHG and energy analyses under CEQA and NEPA as well as for stand-alone studies and air permitting.
You will perform and sometimes lead technical studies such as air quality and greenhouse gas analyses, health risk assessments, emissions inventories, and air quality dispersion models.
You can also manage air permitting projects including New Source Review, PSD, and Title V projects. You have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
You will consistently demonstrate your solid writing skills and attentive listening skills. You will prepare or assist with preparing draft scopes of work and budgets, including providing technical input, contributing to proposal writing, identifying opportunities, and engaging with proposal / interview teams.
You may lead marketing and business development pursuits, including developing capture strategies.
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 on schedule.
You will serve as a CEQA specialist, preparing and managing complex environmental analyses and coordinating with key team members, including senior staff, subconsultants, and clients.
Familiarity with NEPA is desirable. You will produce technical work and written products that are clear, concise, and well supported.
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.
The position is for any of our Northern California offices ( Sacramento, Petaluma, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose ).
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 Community Development Team in our Northern California Offices
Our CD team includes project managers, biologists, air quality specialists and planning directors. Much of our work is oriented toward the large-scale developments within California as a whole with occasional additional work in the Pacific Northwest.
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 , , and .
ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M / V / F / D)