Environmental Science Associates – Energy Group Planner

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 hold a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, urban planning, geography, public policy, or an interdisciplinary field; or you have a related degree and directly relevant qualifications.

A recent graduate with one to three years of professional experience working in a consulting environment conducting research for and preparing sections of NEPA and CEQA analyses, resource-related permit applications, and other types of evaluations.

You are an effective team member who is able to conduct reconnaissance level field evaluations and assessments then assist in the preparation of written reports, maps, working papers, and client correspondence.

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 public outreach relating to land use, renewable energy, environmental review, and permitting.

Within the Energy Group become integrated into multiple project teams focused on the planning and assessment of renewable energy, transmission, and industrial projects.  Depending on the project team’s needs conduct research in specific or general project areas, including such topics as demographic information, zoning codes, adopted plans and policies, and other published information

As part of the team, interpret and apply applicable land use and environmental government codes, ordinances, and regulations, and assist with the review and update of comprehensive plans, transportation plans, and land development regulations.

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 Energy Team in Northern California

We have managed the environmental analysis and permitting of more than 1,000 miles of electric transmission line and analyzed more than 12,000 MW of solar energy and nearly 3,000 MW of wind energy, as well as geothermal and biofuel energy generation projects on both private and federal lands. From regulating agencies to power producers, refineries, and surface mining concerns, we help our clients realize projects that provide reliable energy services.

Learn about our solar project planning and environmental support for BLM.

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

How to Apply 

If you are interested in applying to become an employee-owner at ESA, please visit the ESA Careers page at www.esassoc.com or follow the link below: