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Mid-Level Permit Specialist

Location: Sacramento, CA
Job Code: NC-052517-GP-01
# of openings: 1


Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm committed to the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and the promotion of outstanding decision making and sustainability. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.

About the Position:

ESA is looking for a Mid-Level Permit Specialist to work on the high speed rail project in the central valley. Qualified candidates must demonstrate experience with NEPA/CEQA and developing permits and permit amendments primarily for USFWS Biological Opinions, CDFW Incidental Take Permits and Master Streambed Alteration Agreements, and CWA 401/404 permits (SWRCB/USACE). These positions require poise in communication and close collaboration with a multi-disciplinary project team including construction crews, design-build engineers, and third party management oversight. Direct experience surveying, handling and monitoring San Joaquin kit fox, California tiger salamander and/or Swainson’s hawk and the ability to be approved for construction monitoring are highly desirable but not required for this position.


At a minimum, successful candidates must fulfill the following duties:

  • Support and develop NEPA/CEQA documentation and permit applications or amendments

  • Effectively communicate with project personnel and agency staff

  • Identify and accurately communicate compliance concerns and potential non-compliance

  • Effectively understand and track compliance with all biological resources measures

  • Provide support to weekly, monthly, and annual reporting

  • Perform compliance inspections as needed

  • Present a worker education program as needed


ESA is owned entirely by its employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence and professional development.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.

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

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