ESA – CEQA Project Manager

ESA seeks two highly motivated CEQA Project Managers/Deputy Project Managers to join us in Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are looking for team members with 5+ 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 a mid-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of professionals, focusing on CEQA-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, 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 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 planning; geography; or a related interdisciplinary field.

You have a minimum of 5 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. Familiarity with the California Environmental Quality Act, similar state/federal regulations, or resource-related permit applications is required.

You have exposure 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 cooperatively to solve project or team issues while working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment.

You ideally have experience preparing analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of development and planning 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 development and planning-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. 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 and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance while working on projects together.

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 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.

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


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