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
An experienced Senior Biologist with a minimum of 8 years of experience in regulatory permitting and project management.
You have extensive experience supervising and coordinating acquisition of local, state, and federal environmental permits and approvals for large water and transportation infrastructure as well as restoration projects.
You may serve as a permitting specialist on multi-disciplinary project teams preparing and managing complex environmental documents, demonstrating a clear understanding of the Clean Water Act Sections 401, 402, 404, Federal / State Endangered Species Acts, Coastal Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, California Fish and Game Code Section 1600 et seq.
and other relevant laws and regulations. You may also lead complex wetland delineations and determinations related to potential jurisdiction under federal and State laws.
You have completed analysis and documentation for projects subject to CEQA and federal NEPA requirements involving analysis of existing conditions and potential impacts of project alternatives on a variety of aquatic and upland species and their habitats.
You are an experienced client service manager with interest and expertise in how to grow client relationships, teaming relationships, and generating new business.
You have led and directed marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies, and leading proposals, interviews and presentations.
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 interested and have participated in staff retention and recruitment.
You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related environmental or ecological field.
What You Will Do for ESA
As a senior level Biologist / Regulatory Specialist you will lead or direct the environmental and biological analysis and permitting of large, multi-faceted infrastructure and restoration projects in collaboration with scientists, engineers, landscape architects and other specialists.
You will demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the development of environmental assessments and compliance documents in accordance with applicable guidelines and requirements, while delivering assignments within budget and schedule.
Serve as a technical specialist, preparing and managing complex environmental analyses and coordinating with key team members, including senior staff, subconsultants, and clients.
Training and / or experience in wetland science and regulatory services is preferred. 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.
You will present at, or provide support at, community workshops and public hearings effectively presenting complex technical information clearly and concisely.
Lead and support the preparation of proposals, 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 Biological Resources Team in Northern California
Our team includes Wildlife Biologists, Botanists, Fisheries Biologists, Restoration Ecologists, and Environmental Compliance Specialists that provide expertise for many municipalities throughout Northern California.
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.
To read about some of the exciting projects we have recently completed