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Senior Managing Associate CEQA/NEPA

Location: Southern California Regional Offices, (San Diego, Irvine, Santa Monica, Los Angeles)
Job Code: SC-040918-BB-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:

The ESA Southern California Water group is seeking a Senior Managing Associate (Senior Project Manager/Project Director). Primary responsibilities include leading the CEQA and NEPA process and documentation for a wide range of projects, focused on public utility infrastructure. The candidate would directly manage project teams including sub-consultants, supervise and mentor 1-2 Associate staff, and assist with overall group administration. The role involves direct client interaction, proactive business development, and the preparing competitive proposals responding to RFPs/RFQs. This position is available our San Diego, Irvine, or Los Angeles offices.


An ideal candidate must possess effective problem-solving ability, exceptional writing and editing capabilities, as well as experience effectively managing project budgets and timelines. Strong knowledge of and experience with CEQA and NEPA compliance is a must. This role requires the initiative, confidence and tenacity to uphold ESA’s strong work-ethic and to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary, team environment. Successful candidates will have a broad-based planning related background, with a science background being a plus although not required. Experience working with public and private clients in a private consulting firm is also a plus. Qualified candidates should have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline, a minimum of 8 years’ experience; or Masters and a minimum of 6 years’ experience.


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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