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Planner I/II – City of Gilroy

The City of Gilroy is currently recruiting for two (2) full-time level I or level II Planner positions (depending on qualifications and experience). In this exciting opportunity, the Planners will work under the direct supervision of a Senior Planner and will perform most professional planning duties including the development and preservation of affordable housing. The Planners will use independent judgement in making decisions and may be assigned full responsibility for particular projects or phases of planning work.  Additionally, Planners will perform functions in all levels of the planning process, such as project preparation and analysis, presentation, explanation, and enforcement. 

Salary Range:
$7,392.42 – $8,985.50 Monthly (Planner I)
$8,165.75 – $9,925.50 Monthly (Planner II)
Application Deadline: September 11, 2022
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Planner II/III – Napa County

The Planner is a flexibly staffed job series performing a full range of professional activities within the Planning, Building, and Environmental Services Department. Planners may be assigned to the Planning, Code Compliance, Water Resources, and Sustainability disciplines within the Department. The difference in Planner levels depends on the complexity of the assignments and the degree of independent judgment and responsibility required. The Planner II is the journey level of the series and works under general supervision while performing difficult, varied and complex professional planning assignments. As experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities are acquired, and increased proficiency consistently demonstrated, an incumbent may be promoted to a Planner III when there is an associated need. The Planner III is the advanced journey level class in the professional planning series. This class is distinguished from the Planner II level by the successful completion, on a regular and continuing basis, of the more complex planning assignments. This position is expected to perform the full range of planning duties with a significant degree of independent judgment and responsibility. Positions assigned to this class may also apply specialized and advanced level knowledge, skills, and abilities in the area to which they are assigned and may serve as a lead worker to lower-level planning staff.

Salary Range:
$85,883.20 – $103,064.00 (Planner II)
$98,280.00 – $118,123.20 (Planner III)
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted continuously until the current vacancy is filled.
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Associate Planner I/II – City of Santa Cruz

The City of Santa Cruz currently has two vacancies for Associate Planner I/II, one vacancy in the Planning Department and one vacancy in the Water Department.  Under general supervision, the Associate Planner I/II performs professional land use planning, urban planning, and environmental review and compliance work such as current and advance planning, housing, community development, historic preservation, parks and open space planning, water resource planning and environmental planning; reviews zoning and development applications; complies with various regulations; coordinates activities with agencies and other interested parties; analyzes planning and environmental issues; coordinates special projects; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Salary Range:
$6,532.00 – $9,726.00 Monthly (Planner I)
$78,384.00 – $116,712.00 Annually (Planner II)
Application Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.
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Project Urban Designer – Community Design + Architecture (Oakland)

Are you interested in helping shape projects that significantly improve urban environments? Are you passionate about enabling communities to achieve a more sustainable and equitable future? Community Design + Architecture (CD+A) is looking for a uniquely thoughtful, talented, and enthusiastic Project Urban Designer to join our team.

We need a skilled designer or planner with strong design and writing abilities with 5-10 years of experience with interest ranging from policy development to getting projects built. Someone who is experienced in working at various scales ranging from the details of streetscape, public open space, and transit facility design to sustainable complete and green streets, urban revitalization and planning of corridors and districts, and city and regional transportation and land use projects. You will have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally as part of the CD+A team. For candidates with demonstrated level of experience and skills, we see you moving into project management quickly.

Application Deadline: September 10, 2022

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Planner II, Sustainability (PBES) – Napa County

To perform a variety of responsible professional duties in the field of current and advanced land use planning, groundwater planning, and sustainability planning; to prepare, process, and present environmental analysis reports, research findings, and agenda items; disseminate information to the public and provide assistance to the public and developers on complex matters; and, as assigned, perform business process analysis and oversee interdepartmental permitting coordination and ensure the efficiency of the Department’s permit information tracking systems.

Salary Range: $85,883.20 – $103,064.00
Application Deadline: Friday, August 19, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.
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Senior NEPA Project Manager – Environmental Science Associates

ESA seeks a highly motivated NEPA Project Manager/Project Director to join us in any of our four Regions (Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, or Southeast). We are looking for a team member with at least 10 years of experience in leading the preparation of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental compliance documents. This is a senior opportunity in our ever-growing team of Community Development professionals. The position will primarily support NEPA compliance for federal clients, with an emphasis on preparing environmental documents on behalf of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribes. Direct experience working with tribes on gaming and development projects, including supporting Fee-to-Trust actions, is desirable.

Application Deadline: December 30, 2022
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Planning Manager – City of Los Altos

The City is seeking a progressive planning professional who can break with tradition and bring innovative ideas to the Development Services Department and Planning discipline. The Planning Manager will be a service-minded individual with the ability to understand the “big picture”. The Planning Manager will also have a solution-oriented approach to planning and development.

Salary Range: $145,505 to $176,862
Application Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2022
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Supervising Planner – Napa County

The Supervising Planner plans, organizes, assigns, and supervises the work of professional and paraprofessional staff in the Planning Division of the Planning, Building, and Environmental Services Department; Incumbents exercise a high level of independence in the performance of the full-range of current, advanced and complex professional planning duties when overseeing various activities; coordinates long-range planning projects; general plan and zoning ordinance updates; prepares required legal noticing, computer-aided tracking of incoming applications and completed applications; and performs other professional level work.

Salary Range: $117,436.80 – $141,086.40
Application Deadline: Friday, August 12, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.
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ESA seeks a highly motivated CEQA/NEPA Planner to join us in Northern California. We are looking for team members with 6+ years of work experience, who have the intellectual curiosity and proactivity to support a variety of analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of a wide range of water resources and water infrastructure projects throughout Northern California. This is a mid-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of professionals, focusing on CEQA and NEPA-related projects. This opportunity places a high value on collaboration, delivery, and desire to learn and grow.

Who We Are


ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental 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 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 are mid-level professional with a strong desire to grow and advance your career and to develop your project management skills.

You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, policy, and/or science; urban or natural/water resources planning; geography; or a related interdisciplinary field.

You have a minimum of 6 years of professional experience, at least some of which working in a consulting environment, with responsibilities including conducting research, analyzing impacts, and writing sections of reports. Experience as part of a management team and/or substantial technical analysis experience with the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, similar state/federal regulations, or preparation of resource-related permit applications is required.

You have experience working as a deputy project manager or project manager on some projects and work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have tracked scopes, schedules and budgets.

You are known for preparing sections and documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported and for your ability to present information understandably and speak persuasively about topics to colleagues, clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.

You are an effective team member and communicator who contributes constructively and inclusively to solve project or team issues while working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. You are curious and interested in understanding your teammates, and your clients, needs and motivations.

You ideally have experience preparing analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of water resources and water infrastructure projects in California.

What You Will Do for ESA


You will serve as project manager, deputy project manager, task manager, and/or contributing author for CEQA and NEPA documents for water resources and water facility -related projects in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

You will be responsible for coordinating, or assist in coordinating, tasks and project delivery schedules, handling project logistics, disseminating and maintaining related information and resources, assisting with budget tracking and invoicing, meeting with team members to gauge progress toward task completion, serving as the point person for team member or client questions, preparing or directing project research and analysis, supporting or leading public outreach efforts relating to environmental review, and delivering project assignments on time and within budget.

You will also consistently demonstrate your solid writing and attentive listening skills contributing to complex environmental reports. You will participate in and/or lead client meetings, and present information understandably and speak persuasively about complex topics to clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.

You will lead or assist marketing and business development for selected tasks and/or projects of moderate complexity. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets for proposals, providing technical input, and participating in interviews.

You will provide mentorship and support for more junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity, providing constructive feedback, career development guidance, and actively identify opportunities to highlight and celebrate the efforts of more junior staff. You may also serve as direct supervisor for more junior staff, based on your interest and experience in staff supervision.

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 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 Northern California Water Team


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 –, 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)

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Mono County – Housing Opportunities Manager

Mono County, California (which has some of the most spectacular scenery in California) is conducting a nation-wide search for the position of Housing Opportunities Manager. The dynamic individual chosen for this position will work under the County Administrative Officer and is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering affordable low and moderate income, workforce, multi-family, single-family and homeless/special needs housing units in Mono County.  Core functions include initiating, developing, planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, implementing, and managing County housing projects and programs, initiated by the County or, when appropriate, by other public entities, non-governmental organizations, and private developers.  The ideal candidate is far more than a housing advocate. It is expected to produce tangible results relative to developing and championing realistic housing development and program proposals for consideration by the Board of Supervisors.

A Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, urban planning, or a closely related field of study is required. This position requires a minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible professional level experience involving affordable housing programs and/or similar development activities.  Mono County is offering a competitive salary of $99,950 – $121,004, DOQE.

This recruitment is open until filled.  For optimal consideration, interested candidates should apply by February 4, 2022 to Ralph Andersen & Associates by sending a compelling cover letter and a comprehensive resume to For confidential inquiries contact Doug Johnson at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at