ESA seeks a highly motivated Environmental Planner to join us in the Northern California Water Group. We are looking for a team member who has the intellectual curiosity and initiative to support a variety of analyses and evaluations related to environmental review and resource permitting. This is an entry-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of professionals focusing on water-related projects. This opportunity is focused on collaboration, delivery, and desire to grow.
Who We Are
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 degree with major course work in environmental planning and/or science, geography, earth science, public or water policy, or an interdisciplinary field; or you have a related degree and directly relevant qualifications. Or will hold a Bachelor’s degree in these areas by summer 2022.
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.
A recent or near graduate with zero to two years of professional experience working in a consulting environment conducting research for and preparing sections of CEQA and NEPA analyses, resource-related permit applications, and other types of environmental evaluations.
You are an effective team member with excellent oral and writing skills who is able to assist with reconnaissance level field evaluations and assessments then assist in the preparation of written reports, maps, working papers, and client correspondence.
You are available to work a hybrid schedule from one of our Northern California offices in Oakland, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Jose, or Sacramento.
What You Will Do for ESA
This role includes performing, with regular supervision, duties such as project research, data collection and analysis, report writing, and support public outreach efforts relating to water, wastewater, and recycled water infrastructure; flood protection and restoration; public water policy; environmental review; and permitting. Other supporting tasks include record/reference compilation and maintenance and supporting our Project Managers with a variety of project-specific administrative activities.
Within the Northern California Water Group you will become integrated into multiple project teams focused on the planning and assessment of water, wastewater, and recycled water projects and plans. Depending on the project team’s needs you will conduct research in specific or general project areas, including such topics as adopted plans, policies, and regulations, and other published information.
As part of the team, you will interpret land use and environmental government codes, ordinances, and regulations, and assist with the review and update of planning documents. You will also consistently demonstrate your solid writing and attentive listening skills.
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 will have opportunity to provide peer-to-peer mentorship and support for other staff, including, providing constructive feedback, career development discussions, and active identification of to highlight and celebrate the efforts of our staff.
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 Team in Northern California
Protecting precious water resources is more important and challenging than ever for today’s communities. The Northern California Water Team partners with clients to thoughtfully navigate these complexities. Our team provides integrated, enduring solutions for the supply and conveyance of treated and recycled water, as well as wastewater reuse, watershed management, and flood control.
We work with clients to address aging dams, reservoirs, and other infrastructure systems to keep up with demand of a growing population’s residential and agricultural needs. Our team makes resilience planning in the face of climate change—including historic weather events, drought conditions, flood control, and sea level rise considerations—a top priority for dependable, long-lasting investments to critical infrastructure improvements.
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: Los Vaqueros Project – https://esassoc.com/projects/los-vaqueros-reservoir-expansion/, Pure Water Soquel https://esassoc.com/projects/pure-water-soquel/
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)