Job: Northwest Cultural Resources Director

Title Northwest Cultural Resources Director
Salary Comprehensive compensation and benefits
Post Date 01-29-19
Location Seattle
Job Information

Northwest Cultural Resources Director

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:

ESA is currently seeking a senior cultural resources professional to lead the staff in our Northwest cultural resources practice from our Seattle office.  The person filling this position will provide oversight 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, landscape architects and restoration engineers. This individual must demonstrate a successful track record with business development for cultural resources services and will be responsible for supporting and facilitating the growth of the cultural resources practice through marketing and business development efforts.

Management responsibilities will include strategic direction, quality assurance, and technical oversight of cultural resource staff and work products. This individual must be able to demonstrate strong expertise in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as the State Environmental Policy 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 ESA’s Northwest Regional Director and will participate as a member of ESA’s Northwest Leadership Team. In addition, this individual will also be expected to work collaboratively with ESA’s cultural resources leaders in other regions, and in partnership with ESA’s companywide Cultural Resources Practice Leader.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Business planning and operational oversight of Northwest Cultural Resources team
  • Supervision of Northwest 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/SEPA 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 Master’s 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 experience working with the agencies, laws and policies pertaining to historical and cultural resources in Washington and Oregon.  


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. 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:

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At ESA, we value diversity, inclusion, and the solutions that come from collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. With a culture built on mutual respect [for one another] and the opportunity to grow our careers, ESA celebrates differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employee-owners unique.

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