Senior Environmental Planner

Job Description

Who We Are

ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental and community planning 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 planners, scientists, 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 5 years of experience in both supporting and leading the development of high-quality environmental analyses including CEQA and NEPA documentation and client deliverables for both public agency and private development clients. You have prepared and have comprehensive knowledge of policy planning, land use permitting, and relevant regulatory and environmental regulations and processes in California.


A planner who has significant experience working on a variety of project types, such as urban infill and high-rise development, campus projects (including universities, local school districts, hospitals, and movie studios), surface and rail transportation, ports, public infrastructure, recreation and parks, general and specific plans, and adaptation/resiliency.

You possess excellent oral and presentation skills, as well as attentive listening skills, and have the ability to speak persuasively about complex topics to individuals and groups and can work with minimal direction for most tasks.

You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, geography, public policy, or an interdisciplinary field.

What You Will Do for ESA

As a Senior Environmental Planner you will lead small to moderately complex projects and tasks as well as provide management support on larger and more complex municipal and private development projects. In both roles, you will provide 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 CEQA specialist, preparing and managing complex environmental analyses and coordinating with key team members, including senior staff, subconsultants, and clients. Technical work and written products will be clear, concise, and well‐supported, requiring only minimal revisions. Familiarity with NEPA is desirable.

You will 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.

You will lead the preparation of proposals for mid‐sized projects and assist with proposals for larger projects, provide technical input, support other marketing materials and pursuits, contribute to proposal writing, identify opportunities, and engage with proposal/interview teams. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing draft scopes of work and budgets.

Provide mentorship and support for junior staff, including constructive feedback and development 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 professionals for whom every day involves career growth, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental and community 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 your eligible dependents), a 401(k) plan with company match, 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 believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, attendance at Conferences and participation in our ESAcademy.


ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)


Note: All applications received (if complete) will be carefully reviewed by an employee of ESA for fit and experience.  ESA does not utilize software or algorithms to prescreen resumes.


How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit the ESA Careers page at or follow the link below:

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Position Title: Senior Environmental Planner

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Start Date: November 14, 2019

Position Type: Full Time

Travel: 20%

Language: English

Contact Information

Name: Environmental Science Associates

Address: CA

Industry: Environmental Consulting




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