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Sr. Associate CEQA/NEPA - Energy Group

Location: Northern California Regional Offices (San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and Petaluma)
Job Code: NC-062118-MM-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:

Are you looking to step up to the next level in your environmental consulting career? Are you ready to manage larger and more complex projects? The ESA Northern California Energy Group is seeking a Senior Associate (Project Manager and Analyst) to manage CEQA and NEPA compliance for a wide range of energy projects including: wind, solar, and geothermal energy generation facilities; transmission lines; substations; and related infrastructure. You will initially be responsible for managing small to medium projects and teams under moderate senior leadership direction with growth opportunities for larger energy infrastructure projects. The role involves direct client interaction; supporting the preparation of proposals responding to RFPs/RFQs; preparing environmental impact analyses for a variety of resources; and managing ESA analysts and sub-consultants to prepare environmental documents.


The ideal candidate has solid experience as a Deputy Project Manager and/ as a Project Manager for small and medium projects. You should have interest in new business development and are ready to or already participating in writing proposals and building new and existing client relationships. This role requires the initiative, confidence, and tenacity to uphold ESA’s strong work ethic and to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. This role especially requires exceptional writing skills and a basic understanding of project financial and schedule management. Successful candidates will have broad-based CEQA/NEPA experience, a science background is a plus but not required, and ideally experience working with public and private clients in a private consulting firm. Qualified candidates should have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline, a minimum of 5 years’ experience; or Master’ s degree and a minimum of 3 years’ experience.


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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