Environmental Program Manager


San Diego, CA, United States 🇺🇸


Environmental Program Manager for Minority Business and Native American Business Development and Operations.

Sealaska Environmental Services is seeking an environmental Program Manager to join our expanding team. This is a full time, salaried-exempt/benefited position that provides development and day-to-day management of primarily state and local environmental and engineering related projects under Sealaska’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)/ Native American business line. This is an excellent career opportunity for a motivated and talented Practice Builder/Senior Manager to join a team of professionals in a growing company. Sealaska fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision for growth that builds on our stellar record of performance in the federal market. The successful candidate will be given a great deal of autonomy to lead, direct, and grow their business. With success, this individual will enjoy the rewards of excellent compensation, generous benefits and advancement potential.

The position will initially primarily focus on developing Sealaska’s MBE market in California; and will ideally locate in our San Diego office. Location in Washington State is also an option (although less desirable). The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and communication skills, and will have developed a strong presence in the California market with well-established client relationships in southern California. The Program Manager will lead business development efforts with local utilities, agencies, and tribes and build and manage client relationships. Leadership responsibilities include business planning and strategy; building and maintaining positive client relationships; coordinating with other Sealaska business units; communication with your partners and team; and growing an environmental practice in California. The focus will be on building a practice with CA public utilities and local agencies based on Sealaska’s CA MBE status; and developing relationships and business with other Native American tribes and organizations. Although initially focused on California, this position will also support Sealaska’s Native American business relationships efforts in Washington and elsewhere.


Typical projects involve helping local, state, and federal clients complete environmental compliance, biological assessments and monitoring, surface and stormwater management, NPDES Permit compliance, environmental documentation and review, floodplain management, water resource management, coastal resilience, water supply infrastructure, groundwater recharge projects, as well as other watershed planning and restoration projects.

The Program Manager will collaborate with business development, project delivery, and Sealaska management. The person in this role will be the lead in diversifying and growing new clients based on our MBE and Native status, leveraging new services and providing full-service solutions to deal with client challenges.

  • Identify and lead multi-disciplinary teams including members from multiple business units and markets. Serves as Client Service Manager for key clients and manages local projects.
  • Manage project scope, schedule, budget, and level of quality for projects, including subcontractors, change management, budget management and forecasting, and deliverable preparation (e.g., reports, plans, specifications and estimates).
  • Leads proposal development, market evaluations and development of internal technical resources.
  • Supervises and recruits program staff including engineers, scientists and other technical specialists.


  • 10 years of experience managing environmental consulting and/ or engineering projects,
  • Knowledge of integrated water resource planning, including water rights and water quality regulations in California.
  • Fluency in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act and other environmental regulations.
  • Proven business and client development skills, including ability to cross sell multiple disciplines and services.
  • Existing relationships with local government and private industry in the southern California region.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, including excellent report and proposal writing skills

Training and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physical Science

Additional Requirements:

Position is subject to satisfactory completion of a background check and reference check. A valid driver’s license is also required for this position.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk, use hands to finger, handle objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; bending or crouching; talk or hear. The employee must be able to lift/carry and/or move up to 25 pounds safely. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
  • EOE M/F/D/V/SO

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