San Diego – California

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’s Southern California Region is seeking an junior to mid-level environmental planner to support the CEQA and NEPA process and documentation for a wide range of development-related projects and plans (i.e., general plans, specific plans, infill projects). The role requires preparation of environmental impact analyses under the direct supervision of a project manager, and will work closely with other ESA analysts and technical staff to prepare environmental documents. This role is well-suited for someone who is embarking on a career in environmental consulting, is a creative problem-solver, independent thinker, and who works well in a collaborative environment. This position will be based out of our San Diego office.



The junior to mid-level CEQA/NEPA planner 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 and editing capabilities and the ability to research and report on often complex technical materials. Successful candidates will have a broad-based environmental and/or planning related background with a science background a plus although not required, and are generally familiar with the development of environmental documents such as environmental impact reports (EIRs). An ideal candidate would actively participate in professional organizations (AEP, APA, etc.). Qualified candidates should have at least a BA/BS in a related discipline, a minimum of 1 to 3 years of experience; or Masters and a minimum of 1+ year experience.



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, 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.


How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit the ESA Careers page at or follow this link.


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