ESA seeks two highly motivated Planners to join our CEQA teams in Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are looking for team members with 1–2 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 development and planning projects throughout Northern California. This is an entry-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of professionals focusing on CEQA-related projects. This opportunity places a high value on collaboration, delivery, and the desire to learn and grow.
Who We Are
We plan, design, review, 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 are committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and to 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.
We believe that 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 a young professional with a strong desire to grow and advance your career.
You hold a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, policy, and/or science; urban planning; geography; or a related interdisciplinary field.
You are a recent graduate with one to two years of experience conducting research, analyzing impacts, and writing sections of reports. Familiarity with the California Environmental Quality Act, similar state/federal regulations, or resource-related permit applications is preferred. You possess a basic understanding of regulations, policies, and principles in topic and location of expertise.
You are an effective team member with excellent oral and writing skills who works collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment.
You are able to assist with preliminary research and the preparation of written reports, maps, working papers, and client correspondence. You can prepare draft documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported. A *writing sample* is required as part of your application submittal; please see the bottom of the job posting for more details.
What You Will Do for ESA
You will perform, with regular mentoring and supervision, duties such as project research, data collection and analysis, report writing, and support public outreach efforts relating to 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.
You, as part of the Northern California Community Development Group, will make yourself invaluable to multiple project teams focused on the assessment of plans and projects in urban, suburban, and rural settings. 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.
You, as part of the team, you will interpret land use and environmental government codes, ordinances, and regulations, and assist with the review of planning documents.
You will consistently demonstrate your solid writing and attentive listening skills, contributing to complex environmental reports and participating in meetings with ESA staff and with our clients.
You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to balance 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 knowing that you have contributed to outstanding projects, improved environmental stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.
We will expose you to a variety development related projects and issues, including some of the highest profile projects in the region, and provide you the opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, coworkers that are recognized as the leading experts in their fields.
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 medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, a performance bonus program, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays to name a few.
At every stage 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. We believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, and attendance at Conferences.
What’s Special About Our Community Development Team in Northern California
Our Community Development team has built a legacy of success providing environmental compliance, clearance, and advancement; community planning; sustainable and resilient communities; air quality and noise; and transportation services. We combine our firm’s technical depth in natural resources science and environmental planning with deep knowledge of local regulatory practices and procedures, including the most current legislation and case law, to create value-added, cost-effective, and legally defensible solutions for our clients.
ESA is unique in that we have a deep scientific, technical, and regulatory expertise, which we apply to our planning and environmental review projects. We keep project approval and implementation at the forefront, balancing long-term planning, community attributes, stakeholder objectives, and cost. Our focus is on comprehensiveness and clarity, and the result is that our planning, CEQA, and NEPA documents are frequently recognized by professional organizations with awards for creative approach and quality.
Our recent and ongoing work includes projects for public agencies such as the cities of Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Richmond; entities such as San Francisco International Airport and UCSF; and private sector clients such as the Sacramento Kings, Google, the Oakland A’s, and Downtown Sacramento Railyard Ventures.
*Please submit a writing sample with your application. The sample must be solely authored by you, or the sections you authored must be clearly marked. College papers may serve as writing samples, but professional technical documents are preferred.
ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)
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