Ready to begin a compelling career in environmental consulting?
Here are some reasons to put Rincon at the top of your list.
Stories from some of our Recent Hires and Interns
“I came to Rincon Consultants as a recent graduate with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science & Management. Through my interviews, I could sense that Rincon has a friendly, flexible, and empowering company culture, as well as a deep bench of subject matter experts who serve as mentors to junior staff. This combination creates amazing opportunities for Associates.
Within the first six months of joining Rincon, I was asked to track a local emerging market with a need for Rincon’s specialized expertise in environmental impact analyses: cannabis cultivation in Santa Barbara County. I attended public hearings, met with regulators and potential clients, and worked closely with Rincon colleagues across all levels of the firm. As a result, I helped to establish Rincon as a local expert and a go-to firm for cannabis-related environmental services. Many firms would not have given an Associate this opportunity to be on the frontlines of a key emerging market. I feel lucky to work for a company that gives junior staff the tools, mentorship, and hands-on assignments we need to grow and succeed in our careers.”
Associate Environmental Planner
BA in Geography/Environmental Studies (2012), UCLA
MA in Environmental Science and Management (2016), UCSB, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Hired in Santa Barbara
“Nothing can beat my first few months as Planning Intern at Rincon’s Monterey office. From week one, I was immersed in the world of environmental planning, conducting research on a wide range of topics from agricultural pesticide use in Santa Cruz County to geologic hazards in Morro Bay. With time, effort, and internal trainings through Rincon U, I began drafting analyses for CEQA documents, conducting site visits and collecting noise measurements for local development projects. This real-life project experience gave me an edge over my peers and exposure to many facets of environmental planning.
When I wasn’t researching or writing, I was taking full advantage of the office’s prime location. Just minutes from the restaurants and shops of Downtown Monterey, there was never a shortage of things to do on break or during lunch. And when I just wanted to enjoy a great view, the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail and beach near Fisherman’s Wharf were waiting for me a block away.”
Associate Environmental Planner
BA in Environmental History (2016), UC Berkeley
MA in Urban Planning (2019), San Jose State University
Hired in Monterey office, now works in Oakland office
“Upon being hired at Rincon, I was fresh out of school and had little experience in conducting environmental planning reviews and analyses. Working through my internship, I had the encouragement and support from my colleagues necessary to break through that new-job learning curve. I had the opportunity to work on different types of projects, fulfill different responsibilities, and rely on different experts.
The breadth of exposure allowed me to identify my occupational niche early on in my career with Rincon so that I could better focus my professional development in the subject matter that interested me the most. After about two years with Rincon, I now am developing my skills and expertise as an energy, air quality, greenhouse gas, and hazardous materials analyst. Without Rincon’s assistance, I may not have discovered my interest in these subjects to the extent that I know now.”
Associate Environmental Planner & Scientist
BA in International Relations (2015), CSU, Chico
MA in International Environmental Policy (2017), Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Hired in Monterey office, now works in Sacramento office
We have a number of current staff who began their careers at Rincon as entry-level professionals or interns. Two of those are now Principals. Lacrissa and Matt now invest time in providing leadership and mentoring to new Rincon employees, and help them develop their own career paths.
From intern to Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Lacrissa Davis embodies the talent and drive of a true entrepreneur, having become the first female principal at Rincon. She leads Rincon’s Natural & Cultural Resources service line strategies, manages some of the firm’s most significant client relationships, innovates the financial acuity of the firm, and is a mentor to professional staff across the firm. Every day she renews her personal commitment to conservation and large-scale biological studies, and works to influence environmentally-conscious outcomes.
Lacrissa holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Conservation Planning, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University.
Matt joined Rincon as an intern in January 2007, and then as a full-time Environmental Planner after graduating in June 2008. Since then, he has become a recognized expert in general plans, climate change, resiliency, public outreach, regional transportation planning, and documentation for compliance with environmental regulations.
“Rincon focuses on our people first, and provides them opportunities to excel. We have the freedom to pursue projects that we are passionate about, and develop a structure or path to execute a plan of action that leads to exceptional client service, all while allowing us to find work/life harmony. Rincon understands that to be our best at work, we need to be the best version of our self at home.”
Our Staff Love Their Alma Maters
(not an exclusive list, great people come from everywhere)
Key Benefits for New Professionals
APPROACHABLE SENIOR STAFF
A commonly-recognized benefit of working with a small- to medium-sized firm is contact with leadership. At Rincon you’ll have opportunities to learn from our leaders, and be exposed to senior-level insights and strategies.
In addition to approachable leadership, we have a mentorship program (within our larger RinconU program) to connect you with leaders who can help develop your career plan, as someone likely did for them when they were starting out.
As appropriate for each job role, we evaluate the possibility of flexible schedules, part-time options, summer-duration internship, and other non-traditional schedules.
In-office and company-wide events are part of our culture. You can be involved in Bike to Work Week, our Annual Chili Cook-Off, Halloween costume contests, and more. All to make better connections with co-workers.