Job Opportunities

Senior Permitting and Regulatory Manager

Location: Southern California Regional Offices, (San Diego, Irvine, Santa Monica, Los Angeles)
Job Code: SC-31517-BB-02
# 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 Region is seeking a Senior Permitting and Regulatory Manager to work in our Irvine, San Diego, and/or Los Angeles office(s). This position requires a bachelors' degree (graduate degree preferred) and a minimum of 10 years working in biological resources, wetlands, and the regulatory permitting arena with experience in environmental consulting. The preferred candidate will have a strong background and experience in state and federal wetlands permitting and endangered species documentation. Prior experience developing mitigation strategies and leading negotiations with permitting agencies is a requirement. Candidate should be able to demonstrate experience in leading complex regulatory strategies as well as leading teams preparing applications and documents for permits and approvals for US Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 and Section 10 permits, US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Section 7 Biological Assessments and Biological Opinions, California Department of Fish and Game Section 1600 Streambed Alteration Agreements and Section 2081 Incidental Take Permits, Regional Water Quality Control Board Section 401 Water Quality Certifications. Experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is also required. The successful candidate will work on exciting and challenging projects including water and wastewater, commercial and residential development, energy, transportation, land management planning, monitoring, and restoration.


An ideal candidate must possess effective leadership, problem-solving ability, and exceptional writing and editing capabilities. Experience effectively managing regulatory permitting schedules and tasks as well as project contracts and budgets is required. Strong knowledge of and experience with CEQA and NEPA compliance is also required. 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. Qualified candidates should have at least a BA or BS in a related discipline and a minimum of 15 years of experience or a Masters degree and a minimum of 10 years of 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)



Are you a returning applicant?

Previous Applicants:

If you do not remember your password click here.

Back to Search Results

New Search

Powered By Taleo