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Airport Environmental Planner

Location: Southeast Regional Offices (Tampa & Orlando)
Job Code: SE-062018-MA-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 seeking an experienced Airport Environmental Planner with progressively responsible technical and project management experience preparing NEPA Categorical Exclusions (CEs) and Environmental Assessments (EAs) for aviation-related development projects. Experience preparing Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and 14 CFR Part 150 noise compatibility studies is a plus. In addition to NEPA and impact assessment experience, applicants should have a strong working knowledge of environmental regulatory programs, airport planning, and community/urban planning principles. Effective communication and writing skills are required. ESA may consider applicants with the same level of experience on other transportation, aerospace, or military programs.

This position includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Conducting research and preparing environmental impact analyses for a wide range of airport and aviation projects.

  • Interpreting and applying information in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circulars and Orders, federal regulations, and state statutes.

  • Directing the work of team members and reviewing work submittals to ensure they conform with project requirements and client expectations.

  • Serving as a Task Leader, Deputy Project Manager, or Project Manager for the preparation of NEPA documents and other airport environmental studies. This position requires client interaction, coordination with ESA staff and team members, managing work flow and budgets, and adherence to ESA’s project management policies and procedures.

  • Technical editing and coordinating the preparation and distribution of documents, reports, and studies.

  • Conducting research and providing support on airport planning projects (Airport Master Plans, Airport Layout Plans, and related studies).

  • Participation in client, agency, and public meetings. This requires modest travel and the ability to speak before and interact with agency representatives and the public.

  • Supporting ESA’s project development and marketing initiatives.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, creative, and team-oriented. The ability to conduct research, identify solutions, communicate clearly, and work independently is important.

The position is located in Tampa, Florida.  At ESA’s discretion, consideration may be made for establishing this or a similar position at another ESA office location.

Position Requirements:

At a minimum, applicants must have: 1) a Bachelor’s Degree in an environmental-related discipline, urban planning, transportation planning, public policy/administration, or aviation from an accredited institution; 2) ten years of progressively responsible technical experience preparing NEPA documents, which includes three years of progressively responsible task and project management experience; 3) proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project; 4) strong analytical and technical writing skills; and 5) effective communication and presentation skills. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel to meetings and conferences. 


ESA is owned entirely by our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning.  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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