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Environmental Planner/Project Manager

Environmental Science Associates
San Francisco, California, US
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Oct 7, 2022

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Conservation science
Climate Change
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Level ExperiencedJob Location San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Petaluma, Sacramento - , CARemote Type Optional Work from HomePosition Type Full-TimeEducation Level Bachelor's Degree Job Category Consultant

Environmental Planner/Project Manager - ESA Community Development

ESA's Northern California Community Development team works with public and private clients to make our communities more dynamic, sustainable, and equitable. We collaborate with our partners to revitalize our existing communities through infill development that promotes diverse, multi-modal places that meet demands for varied housing needs, commercial and institutional uses, and public amenities that improve the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors. In situations where development is on the urban edge or further afield, we work with our environmental scientist colleagues to ensure that such projects are planned and constructed so as to sit as lightly on the land as possible.

Some of the transformational projects that our Northern California environmental and community planners have recently been engaged in include a new mixed use community in the Diridon Station area of San Jose for Google, a new hospital for UCSF at Parnassus Heights in San Francisco, a plan to manage and improve the Port of San Francisco's waterfront properties, a program to protect San Francisco International Airport from flooding and sea level rise, a new waterfront stadium and adjacent development for the Oakland A's, a plan to re-envision the Hilltop Mall property in Richmond, a plan to revitalize downtown Vacaville, and a plan to convert the former Sleep Train Arena site in Sacramento into a new mixed use community. If you want to learnmore aboutthe work of our Community Development team, click here.

We are looking for highly motivated environmental planning professionals who share our vision and mission to raise the bar and to make a difference in the world, who like to have fun at work, and who can lead the planning and environmental studies, entitlement permits, and public engagement efforts upon which our Community Development clients rely. Whether the key issues for a project are related to climate adaptation and resilience, public health, environmental justice, housing needs, economic development, active mobility, community noise, or the plethora of more traditional environmental issues, we have experts here at ESA who can support you and your projects. We look forward to talking with you more about how you can grow your career here as a member of the ESA team.

This position has the option of being fully remote, with a majority of your project work in Northern California.

Who We Are

ESA is an inclusive 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm made up of community and environmental planners, scientists, historians, archaeologists, engineers, and designers. We share a common vision to continuously raise the industry standard through technical excellence and innovation, and a mission to partner with clients and communities to drive sustainable, resilient, and equitable solutions that shape a better world.

At ESA, we value every employee-owner for their unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success. We cherish diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our company culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.

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

What You Will Do for ESA

As an ESA project manager, you will be at the pivot point that connects ESA's talented experts to our clients and the professional community in which we work. You will have the opportunity to get involved in a range of projects, often concurrently, that allow you to learn and experience work across ESA's geographies and practices. You will engage your ESA colleagues, our clients, our subconsultants, and our regulatory agency partners to deliver our services. In that role you will exercise the authority and responsibility to lead ESA teams in achieving project goals, working as we always do to conduct the contracted scope of work within budget and on schedule.

We hope you like communicating, because at ESA we depend on our project managers to excel at communication, whether it be through writing or speaking, as well as being an active listener. Those skills will come to bear as you lead project meetings, and speak persuasively about complex topics to clients, agency staff, teaming partners, and other project stakeholders.

You will have the opportunity to help ESA grow our business through participating in teams that are bringing in new work. These efforts will include building and expanding client relationships, preparing scopes of work and budgets, and periodically participating in interviews.

And finally, we hope you like people because at ESA we know that this is a people business. Our project managers provide technical and professional mentorship to colleagues that are on their project teams, and if you have the interest and inclination, you may have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the careers of others through staff supervision and/or participation in our mentoring and training programs.

What ESA Will Do for You

As you can already tell, joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of employee-owners who are environmental professionals that deliver outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and natural places.

We will expose you to a variety of project types, geographies, and issues, including some of the highest profile projects in the State, and provide you the opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, coworkers that are recognized as the leading experts in their fields.

At ESA, we are passionate about our work, and just as passionate about our lives away from work. We want to help keep your life in balance, by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), an employee stock ownership program, a 401(k) plan with company match, a performance bonus program, in-year spot bonuses, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays to name a few.

As another major commitment to balancing your work with the other interests and obligations in your life, ESA has adopted a Hub & Spoke work model that allows us to operate and connect in a distributed way. You will be able to participate in this program by working in dedicated workspace in an ESA office (a hub ) or at a home office. You will receive a Hub and Spoke Sustainability Stipend that can support staying connected to ESA, through commuting, internet at home, or a mobile device.

Finally, at ESA we want to see our employee-owners grow their careers over the long term. 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, attendance at conferences, and internal training and knowledge sharing programs on technical issues, project management, employee supervision, business development, and other topics.

Who You Are

You are an environmental professional with a strong desire to grow and advance your career and to develop your project management skills.More specifically, you possess the following skills and experience:

  • You hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree with major course work in urban or environmental planning, science, or a related interdisciplinary field.
  • You have 5 or more years of related professional experience, at least some of which working in a consulting environment, with responsibilities including conducting research, analyzing impacts, and writing sections of reports. Familiarity with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and similar State and federal regulations is required. Ideally, you have experience preparing analyses and evaluations related to real estate development and redevelopment, and community and project planning.
  • You have exposure working as a key technical leader, deputy project manager or project manager on environmental or planning projects, and experience working collaboratively with clients and interdisciplinary teams to deliver projects on time and within budget.
  • You are known for preparing documents that are clear, concise, and well-written. You possess the ability to present information understandably and speak persuasively about topics to colleagues, clients, agency staff, teaming partners, and/or other project stakeholders and the public.
  • You are a reliable and supportive team member and communicator who contributes constructively and cooperatively to solve project or team issues while working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment.

In accordance with ESA's duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards and to minimize the exposure to potential hazards, any employee who works from an ESA office or conducts any other in-person ESA work-related activity is required to submit their proof of vaccination status or have received an approved exemption and accommodation.

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

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