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Posted: 11/15/2016

Environmental Science Associates

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.

Cultural Resources Director
Professional Opportunity
San Francisco, CA


ESA is currently seeking a senior cultural resources professional to lead the staff in our Northern California cultural resources practice from any one of ESAs Northern California offices  The person filling this position will provideoversight and guidance to a multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists, geoarchaeologists, architectural historians, historians, and ethnographers.  The successful candidate will work within a growing multi-disciplinary multi-office region of environmental and community planners, natural resources scientists, hydrological and restoration engineers.  This individual will also be responsible for supporting and facilitating the growth of the cultural resources practice in Northern California through marketing and business development, and be able to demonstrate a successful track record with business development for cultural resources services.


Management responsibilities will include oversight, strategic direction, quality assurance, and technical oversight of cultural resource work products. This individual must be able to demonstrate a strong expertise in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.  The qualified candidate will have a history of team-building, strong work culture, vision setting, strategy development and successful business plan implementation. The position will report to ESAs Northern California Regional Director and may participate as a member of ESAs Northern California Leadership Team. In addition, this individual will also be expected to work collaboratively with ESAs cultural resources leaders in other regions, and in partnership with ESAs companywide Cultural Resources Practice Leader.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Business planning and operational oversight of NorCal cultural resources team

  • Supervision of Northern California cultural resource staff

  • Technical leadership on complex projects

  • Business development and technical input on proposal efforts

  • Client development and management

  • Recruiting, management and staff development

  • Key project management and/or oversight

  • Native American consultation

  • Oversight of Section 106/NEPA/CEQA documents






Candidates must possess: ability to provide outstanding leadership for a team of cultural resource specialists; strong problem-solving abilities; excellent written/oral communication skills; and proficient computer skills.  Qualified candidates should have a minimum of a Masters Degree in a cultural resources-related field (archaeology, architectural history, ethnography, historic preservation, etc.), and 12 years or more of professional experience in a related field. The candidate should also have expertise in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act compliance, and how these and related laws, policies, and regulations are implemented at the local level in Northern California communities.




ESA is owned entirely by its our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, and outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning.  ESAs comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 4

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How to apply
If you are interested in applying for this position and to become and employee-owner at ESA, please visit the ESA Careers page at www.esassoc.com or follow the link below: http://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp;jsessionid=C425E4E7E33C02427F2BD5257DBFFDCD?org=ESA&cws=1&rid=284 ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)

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