Environmental Planner and Deputy Project Manager - Transportation

  • Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Mar 13, 2019
Full time Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Management

Job Description


ESA’s Transportation group has been particularly successful in developing a strong backlog of projects and securing opportunities within the Southern California region. This success allows a platform for additional advancement and increases our need for strong project management, environmental analysis, and compliance roles within the region. The group is supported by the region’s 130+ staff, including environmental specialists and scientists (biological resources, cultural resources, air quality and climate change, noise, etc.). 

With the opportunity afforded by the success of the group, ESA is seeking to fill environmental planner and agency staff augmentation positions in the Los Angeles area with a strong emphasis on servicing ESA’s Southern California transportation clients, which include State, regional, and local agencies and municipalities. The positions would include a range of responsibilities for our public transportation clients including fulfilling agency staff responsibilities sitting within our clients’ Los Angeles agency offices and/or providing environmental consulting support in one of ESA’s Los Angeles area offices. The positions will require candidates to support transportation projects through the development of high-quality environmental analyses, the provision of contract management support, and effective client interaction. 

The primary responsibilities for these positions include:

Working collaboratively as part of a project management team to deliver needed transportation projects that keep people and goods moving, and improve the sustainability of our communities;

  • Assisting with the management of the environmental review process for an exciting range of transportation projects including transit, rail, and/or roads and highways;
  • Providing project management support including schedules, budgets, sub consultants, and coordinating deliverables prepared by technical specialists;
  • Engaging in positive solution-oriented client interactions representative of ESA’s high quality and client service-focused culture;
  • Providing client and agency support, with the possibility of sitting in a public transportation client’s office to facilitate the successful completion of projects through the CEQA and NEPA process; and
  • Working with multi-disciplinary teams of technical specialists, design, and construction personnel to develop strategies for the successful approval and implementation of transportation projects.  


The ideal candidate will possess exceptional inter-personal and communication skills, effective problem-solving ability, excellent writing and analytical capabilities, and demonstrated experience in effectively developing and managing project budgets and timelines. Experience with CEQA and NEPA analyses for surface transportation projects, including road and highway, transit, or other transportation focused projects is required. Candidates must also be knowledgeable of the federal and state transportation agency project development process such as (but not limited to) Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and Federal Rail Administration, as well as Caltrans Standard Environmental Reference, and/or Caltrans Local Assistance Program. ESA requires exceptional writing and editing capabilities of all our environmental planners and managers. Work products must be accurate, clear, and technically superior. These roles require the initiative and confidence to uphold ESA’s strong work ethic and to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and in close coordination with ESA’s valued transportation clients. Qualified candidates will have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline and 5 to 10 years of environmental consulting and/or agency experience. The positions will be calibrated to a candidate’s level of experience.

About ESA

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 analyses 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. 


ESA is owned entirely by its employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, and professional development. 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, nine paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program. 


At ESA, we value diversity and inclusion. 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. ESA's 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. 

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

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