Water Resources/Environmental Planning Program Manager


San Diego, CA, US


Sealaska Environmental Services is seeking a Water Resources & Environment Planning Program Manager to join our expanding team in San Diego, CA. This is a full time, salaried-exempt/benefited position that provides leadership and day-to-day management of various federal, state and local water resources-related projects. This is an excellent career opportunity for a motivated and talented Practice Builder/Senior Manager to join a team of professionals in a growing office. 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 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 agencies, build and manage client relationships, and grow and mentor staff. 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 and leading a water resources practice in Southern California.


Typical projects involve helping local, state, and federal clients complete 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. A proven track record of successful grant writing for funding project a must.

  • 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 and existing SES clients, 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.


  • 15 years of experience managing water resources, civil and environmental engineering projects, including preparation of assessments, studies, design reports and PS&E with at least five of these years in the Senior Project Manager position with highly complex project management responsibility.
  • Technical expertise in planning, design and construction management for water resources projects including surface and stormwater management, watershed and natural resource restoration, NPDES Permit compliance and regional water infrastructure.
  • 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
  • Familiar with the USACE Civil Works programs a strong plus

Training and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physical Science
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in California desired.
  • Ability to obtain PE registration in other states desired

Additional Requirements:

Position is subject to satisfactory completion of a background check, reference check, physical exam and urine analysis. 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: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions and other elements prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
  • EOE M/F/D/V/SO

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