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Job Details

Vegation Work Planner

Sacramento Municipal Utility District - Sacramento, CA , United States

Starting Date :
07/30/2018 00:00:00

Location of job:
Sacramento, CA

Posted By: :
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Job Description:




Under general direction, plans and schedules work for tree crews engaged in pruning and removing trees on SMUD easements, and rights-of-way to maintain proper line clearance from high and low voltage power lines

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Work includes but is not limited to the following:  (Note:  While in general all functions/duties are essential, individual positions within this class may not require all.)  This list is not intended to be complete or exhaustive.

  • Patrols power lines in a designated area to determine management needs of vegetation located on private utility easements or publicly owned land.
  • Negotiates with property owners for permits to prune or remove vegetation in close proximity to primary or secondary power lines, as well as other SMUD facilities.
  • Performs post audit inspections to gauge compliance with SMUD’s line clearance standards.
  • Identifies construction alternatives, which improve reliability, most notably where trees are involved.
  • When appropriate, schedules and recommends tree crew makeup and work to tree crews.
  • Assists with SMUD’s G.O.165 patrol program to assure compliance with CPUC mandated schedules.
  • Assists tree crews as necessary; may perform non climbing, minor tree trimming work or services.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of: 

Industry standards and practices pertaining to utility vegetation management; contract administration; G.O. 95; G.O.165: CDF requirements for line clearance; Transmission and distribution facility maps and symbols; OSHA and ANSI safety rules and work procedures related to energized line clearance tree pruning/removal work; tree identification, common names, growth habits and structure characteristics as to strengths; job planning; hazards involved in working in trees in the vicinity of high voltage lines; avoiding electrical shock;, first aid, and CPR; worksite protection requirements; and, hazard identification.
Skill to:

Lay out, plan, and schedule work for contract tree crews; prepare written and/or computer-generated estimates for tree trimming and removal work; monitor tree work in progress and prepare post job audits;  inspect and prepare reports on the condition of overhead transmission and distribution facilities; read Electrical facility maps and prepare preferred routes for tree crews; assist Lineworkers in construction, maintenance and repair of transmission and distribution lines, as it relates to vegetation management; identify and prepare work requests for line modifications which may potentially eliminate or significantly reduce tree trimming requirements; understand and follow oral and written instructions; read and understand safety procedures and training manuals on electrical theory; work in a safe manner; communicate effectively with co-workers and the general public; and operate SMUD vehicles safely and maintain an acceptable driving record. 
Education and Experience: 

Equivalent to two years utility vegetation management work planning experience in an electric utility environment.


Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record (not more than two moving violations in the last two years

Arborist/Utility Specialist: Must possess a valid ISA Certified Arborist credential. Within one year of assuming the Vegetation Work Planner position, must achieve and maintain the ISA Utility Specialist credential.

Desirable Qualifications

Education and Experience: 

Previous lead or supervisory experience equivalent to five years of utility vegetation management work planning experience. Associates or Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources related field (Arboriculture, Forestry, Environmental) desirable, but not required.
Knowledge of:

GO95 Rule 35, Public Resource Code (PRC 4292 & 4293), and Federal Regulatory requirements specifically (FAC 003)  for Utility Vegetation Management

Physical Requirements

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.



Contact Information

Phillip VanderDussen
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Fax: NA