Environmental Project Manager
WFH Flexible Sacramento, San Diego, Oakland, Lake Tahoe, OC/Irvine Environmental Services
Job Type

Ascent is looking to fill a full-time position for a Sr. Environmental Project Manager to join our environmental practice in any of our offices located in Sacramento, San Diego, Oakland, Lake Tahoe, or Orange County/Irvine.


CEQA and NEPA are exciting environmental laws to you. You might even dub yourself a “CEQA Geek” or “NEPA Nerd.” You love helping clients anticipate issues, avoid or solve problems, and define environmental compliance strategies. You are experienced in effectively managing environmental compliance and planning projects. Owning the responsibility for medium to large, complex environmental documents is in your comfort zone, including quality assurance, client management, schedule and budget management, and team coordination. Working with colleagues and clients, including staff development, is something that motivates you. On any given day, you will work shoulder to shoulder with Ascent principals and analysts.

To keep up with CEQA and NEPA, you follow court decisions and participate regularly in legal and practice updates. Your personal copy of the CEQA statute and guidelines is dog-eared and coffee-stained, and the CEQ NEPA link is pinned to your desktop. You enjoy keeping up on environmental issues, like innovative urban planning, sustainable transportation, water, energy, biodiversity, or climate change.  

Your skills are excellent for analytical thinking, writing, relationship building, and translating technical material into forms suitable for decision-makers and the public. Your past success also includes business development, proposal writing, and networking with prospective clients. Your attitude is positive and your personality is caring.


  • WORK with clients on their most important, often complex, and challenging environmental planning documents
  • COLLABORATE closely with Ascent principals, who support you in carrying out projects
  • TEAM UP, shoulder-to-shoulder, with a knowledgeable, interdisciplinary group of Ascent professionals in Oakland, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Irvine, and San Diego
  • BRAINSTORM with your assistant project manager, who helps you coordinate projects
  • COMMUNICATE directly with clients, regulatory agencies, sub-consultants, and stakeholders to understand and address a broad range of perspectives
  • PREPARE budgets and schedules, and carry out project work within agreed time frames and contract price
  • CREATE, with your team, high-quality environmental and planning documents
  • PROVIDE quality review of documents, with attention to completeness, legal adequacy, technical accuracy, and readability
  • REPRESENT Ascent and our clients at public meetings, workshops, and open houses
  • CONTRIBUTE to and lead business development activities, including proposal preparation and relationship building with existing and prospective clients
  • PARTICIPATE in professional associations, such as speaking at conferences 
  • HELP with mentoring and skill development of more junior staff
  • ENJOY social and community service events, and the camaraderie of being an Ascentian


  • BS/MS in planning, environmental studies, geography, natural resources, physical sciences, or related field
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience
  • A record of successful environmental planning projects and working relationships with clients and regulatory agencies are needed. 

Ascent offers a supportive, fun, and intellectually challenging work environment with excellent benefits. We invest in our employees’ careers and welfare and strive to provide high-quality outcomes for our clients. We offer flexible hours, collegial teamwork, participation in important and challenging projects, opportunities to contribute to and join in-service events for our local communities, and regular performance recognition. 



Ascent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.