Who We Are
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
A permitting specialist with a minimum of 10 years of experience with regulatory compliance and permitting for a range of projects involving wetlands, waters, sensitive species and habitats in California. You regularly lead agency consultations for a wide range of projects, including small-scale efforts covered by programmatic or general permits to large-scale complex projects requiring individual permits and compensatory mitigation.
You have comprehensive knowledge of relevant environmental regulations and regulatory agency permitting processes in California, particularly in Northern California. This includes developing permitting strategies and overseeing preparation of permit applications and documents for permits and approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CWA Section 404 and RHA Section 10); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries (FESA Sections 7 and 10); California Department of Fish and Wildlife (F&GC Sections 1602, 2080.1, 2081); and Regional Water Quality Control Boards (CWA Section 401, Porter Cologne, and WDRs). Experience with Rivers and Harbors Act 33 USC 408 (Section 408) permits, State Lands Commission Leases, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), Coastal Development Permits, and Central Valley Flood Protection Board encroachment permits is also desirable.
You are an effective team member, communicator, and facilitator who proactively identifies and contributes constructively to address and resolve client concerns and project challenges, foster teamwork, provide mentoring and coaching to share your permitting knowledge and experience. You have experience in developing and collaborating to resolve to challenging problems, and successfully negotiating with agency regulators, including across groups of regulators with conflicting objectives or requirements, on permit requirements such as compensatory mitigation.
You are an experienced client service manager with interest and expertise in fostering client relationships, teaming relationships, and generating new business. You have led and directed marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies, and leading competitive proposals, interviews and presentations.
At minimum, you hold a bachelor’s degree with major course work in biology, ecology, or other environmental stewardship related interdisciplinary field.
What You Will Do for ESA
As a Principal- or Senior-level Permitting Specialist you will direct multi-faceted permitting tasks in collaboration with biologists, engineers, planners, restoration ecologists and mitigation specialists, cultural resource specialists, and other specialists. You will regularly lead agency consultations for projects ranging in complexity including small-scale maintenance actions (i.e., bank and levee repairs, in-channel sediment removal, culvert replacements), complex habitat restoration projects (tidal, coastal, and riverine), large-scale capital improvement projects (utility, transportation, flood protection infrastructure), and long-term programs that require programmatic, regional permit solutions.
Demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices, and be responsible for the development of permitting strategies, mitigation strategies, and regulatory agency facilitation, and support endangered species and cultural resources documentation in accordance with applicable guidelines and requirements, while delivering assignments within budget and schedule.
You will produce technical work and written products that are clear, concise, and well‐supported. Consistently demonstrate your solid writing skills, attentive listening skills, and participate in and/or lead client meetings, present at or provide support at regulatory agency meetings, and internal training sessions.
Lead the preparation of permitting proposals for complex projects, providing technical input, contributing to proposal writing, identifying opportunities, and engaging with proposal/interview teams. These efforts will include authoring permitting approaches, scopes of work, and budgets for proposals. You will also lead and direct marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies.
Provide mentorship and support to cultivate other permitting specialists, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance. Demonstrate and perpetuate values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your interactions with other ESA employee-owners, clients, teaming partners, and vendors/contractors; treat others with respect, empathy, and dignity; continuously seek opportunities to increase personal awareness and deepen understanding and growth related to systemic inequities and the impact of biases and micro-aggressions in the work place; and commit to speaking up and/or addressing inappropriate or exclusionary behaviors.
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.
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, broaden your professional skill set, 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 paid attendance at Conferences.
What’s Special About Our Regulatory Permitting Team in California
Our Regulatory Permitting team includes biologists and environmental scientists that provide expertise for many clients throughout California, with particular focus on permitting habitat restoration and enhancement projects. Our work matters because it helps communities shape a positive future for their citizens in balance with conserving our state’s sensitive natural resources. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.
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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)
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: