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Urban Planner

Job Details

Hiring Organization Environmental Science Associates
Post Name Urban Planner
Qualification Bachelor’s Degree
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 30 To USD 35 Per Hour
Location Los Angeles, California, United States 90017

Job Description

ESA seeks a highly motivated Urban Planner to join us in one of our Southern California offices on a hybrid schedule. We are looking for a team member with 7 to 10 years of planning experience who is proactive and has the intellectual curiosity to continue the advancement of our established team of community planners and environmental consultants.

This is a mid-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of Community Development professionals. This opportunity is focused on collaboration, delivery, and client service.  

Who We Are

We are a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm that values diversity and inclusion and celebrates the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that our variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions, which fosters our continued success for our employee-owners and clients.

Who You Are

You are a mid-to senior-level professional with a strong desire to grow and advance your career and develop your technical and project management skills. 

You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with major course work in urban planning, urban design, geography, public policy; or a related interdisciplinary field, and can work with minimal direction for most tasks and manage projects. Proficiency in design software, such as Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, SketchUp, or others is a plus. 

You have strong writing and analytical skills, and effective oral presentation skills with the ability to convey complex information understandably to different audiences.

An effective and energetic team member with 7 to 10  years of experience supporting aspects of community planning relating to land use, master planning, public policy, climate change, and urban design. You have a strong working knowledge of policy planning, land use permitting, and relevant federal, state, and local regulatory and environmental regulations and processes.

What You Will Do for ESA

As an Urban Planner, you will serve as a task manager and contributing author for community planning documents, for municipal and private development clients, including but not limited to due diligence, entitlement permits, Specific/Master Plans, Area Plans, Neighborhood Plans, General Plan Updates, Climate Adaptation Plans, Planned Unit Developments, and Environmental Justice Elements.

You will be responsible for coordinating the task or project delivery schedule, managing logistics, disseminating and maintaining related information and resources, assisting with budget tracking and invoicing, meeting with team members to gauge progress toward task completion, and responding to a team member or client questions about assigned tasks or projects.

You will apply critical thinking and problem-solving to evaluate, select, and adapt standard techniques and procedures in the development of planning documents for both private and public sector clients. You will be required to effectively communicate with staff, clients, and teaming partners and serve as a trusted professional bringing creative and innovative solutions to clients.

Other job duties may include:

  • Managing projects involving a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Working closely with clients and serving as the primary, or one of the primary points of day-to-day contact;
  • Leading or assisting with proposals and other business development efforts;
  • Occasional traveling for project work;
  • Performing quality control of project deliverables; and
  • Training and developing the careers of junior-level staff.

What’s Special About ESA

Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.

At ESA, we provide benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family); annual allocations of company shares through our ESOP; a 401(k) plan with company match; and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.

We also offer specific programs to support you when 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 through tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.

What’s Special About Our Community Development Team

Our Community Development team has built a legacy of success in providing environmental compliance, clearance, and advancement. We combine our firm’s technical depth in natural resources science and environmental planning with deep knowledge of local regulatory practices and procedures, including the most current legislation and case law, to create value-added, cost-effective, and legally defensible solutions for our clients.

ESA is unique in that we have deeply scientific, technical, and regulatory expertise, which we apply to our planning and environmental review projects. We keep project approval and implementation at the forefront, balancing long-term planning, community attributes, stakeholder objectives, and cost.

Our focus is on comprehensiveness and clarity, and the result is that our planning, CEQA, and NEPA documents are frequently recognized by professional organizations with awards for creative approach and quality.

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