Senior Environmental Planner

Environmental Science Associates
Seattle, Washington, US
May 28, 2021
Jun 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.

We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore-for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.

Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.

At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success.

We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.

Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences-age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics-that make each of us unique.

Who You Are

You hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree with major course work in environmental, urban or transportation planning, geography, public policy, science, or a related interdisciplinary field and have a minimum of 10 years of experience in leading or directing the development of high-quality community and environmental analyses including SEPA and NEPA documentation and client deliverables for both public agency and private development clients. You have prepared and have comprehensive knowledge of policy planning, land use and environmental permitting, and relevant regulatory and environmental regulations and processes in Washington state.

You are known for preparing documents that are clear, concise, well-written and supported, and for your ability to present information understandably and speak persuasively about complex topics to colleagues, clients, agency staff, teaming partners, other project stakeholders and the general public.

You are an effective team member and communicator who proactively identifies and contributes constructively to address broad project or team issues, providing mentoring and coaching to more junior staff to foster teamwork. You work collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver your projects on time and within budget and have developed and tracked scope, schedules and budgets.

You are an environmental planner who has significant experience working on a variety of project types, such as: transportation; utility; airports; seaports; public infrastructure; recreation and parks; general and specific plans; adaptation/resiliency; comprehensive plans; subarea plans; GMA; land use code analysis, environmental permit applications and compliance; sustainability and climate change; and foundational elements of planning especially related to SEPA and NEPAin Washington state. Experience with WSDOT, Sound Transit, FHWA, FAA, FTA and other federal lead agencies is a plus.

You possess excellent oral and presentation skills and have lead and directed marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies, and leading proposals, interviews and presentations. You have an interest in business development and have experience acquiring work through your existing network.

What You Will Do for ESA

As a senior level Environmental Planner you will lead or direct multi-faceted planning projects in collaboration with scientists, engineers, archaeologists, landscape architects and other specialists on larger and more complex municipal and private development projects.

You will demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the development of environmental compliance and planning documents in accordance with applicable guidelines and requirements, while delivering assignments within budget and schedule.

Serve as a SEPA and or NEPA specialist, preparing and managing complex environmental documents including checklists, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and Documented Categorical Exclusions. You are adept at coordinating with clients, discipline leads, technical and support staff, subconsultants, and stakeholders. You will produce technical work and written products that are clear and concise and will serve as a subject matter expert.

Consistently demonstrate your solid writing skills, attentive listening skills, and participate in and/or lead client meetings, present at or provide support at community workshops and public hearings effectively presenting complex technical information clearly and concisely.

Lead and support business and client development efforts including preparing proposals, identifying opportunities, developing capture strategies, and engaging with proposal/interview teams. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets.

Provide mentorship and support for junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance while working on projects together.

You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines, while working on a team or independently. You will be committed to treating people respectfully and equitably.

What ESA Will Do for You

Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals knowing that you have contributed to outstanding projects, improved environmental stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.

At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance, too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, a performance bonus program, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays to name a few.

At every stage in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals. We believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, and attendance at Conferences.

What's Special About Our Community Development Team in Seattle

Our Community Development team includes planners that provide expertise for many municipalities in the Puget Sound and Washington state regions, airports and maritime ports, educational institutions, and private developers. Our work matters because it helps communities shape a positive future for their citizens. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.

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