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Supervisor- Forestry & Special Programs

Arizona Public Service - Phoenix, AZ , USA

Starting Date :
01/10/2019 00:00:00

Location of job:
Tempe, AZ

Posted By: :
Erin Creekmur

Job Description:

Forestry and Special Programs Supervisor Job #: 20181128

Arizona Public Service has an opportunity for a Forestry and Special Programs Supervisor who will manage, direct, and implement the company's transmission and distribution corridor maintenance and substation vegetation management programs to ensure circuit reliability, public safety and customer satisfaction in a professional and cost-effective manner. 

The Forestry Supervisor will administer the company's Substation Landscape Maintenance and Fire Mitigation Program, manage raptor and wildlife protection and habitat enhancement programs, and provide supervision, direction, instruction, leadership and technical expertise to APS employees, APS crews and outside services.  

Additional Responsibilities include: ensuring departmental compliance with numerous federal regulatory agency laws and internal APS training requirements, analyzing statistical data, developing and prioritizing maintenance schedules and coordinate emergency restoration activities, collaborating with internal and external customers, IBEW, affected government agencies, and citizens groups and preparing detailed contract specifications, field manuals and educational presentations. 

Environmental factors:  Subject to work hours outside of the normal work schedule and outdoors during inclement weather situations.  Periodically prone to dangers inherent to work sites including exposure to sharp, high-speed rotating equipment, electrical fields, falling and flying debris, difficult terrain, pesticides, and animal, insect, and snake bites.  Involves driving throughout service territory and frequent overnight travel.  Additional duties may include evening and weekends.

Minimum Requirements

  • BS in forestry, arboriculture, horticulture or related field with two-year's experience in utility arboriculture or six years of experience in utility arboriculture. 
  • Must possess and maintain ISA Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist certifications and Restricted-Use Pesticide certification in categories III, VII, weed, right-of-way, and wood preservative or obtain such certifications within one year of employment.  Maintain USF&W subpermittee status.
  • Proficient knowledge of APS easements, accounting, procurement, and budgeting systems, internal computer programs and MS software packages. Thorough knowledge of applicable ANSI and OSHA standards, USDA Forest Service and other federal agency regulations, easement law, contract law, specification design, APS Accident Prevention Manual, IBEW labor agreements, and company policies and procedures.

Working knowledge of electric transmission and distribution theory, design of electric systems/facilities and hardware components.  Particular emphasis on safety practices associated with working close to energized conductors and within substations.  Ability to interpret detailed prints, circuit maps and diagrams and operate GPS unit. 

Major Accountabilities include but are not limited to

  • Responsible for formulating and implementing divisional and departmental plans and programs which have a significant impact on the performance of the business unit.  Decisions and actions have a direct impact on long-term results insofar as reducing O&M costs, community relations, customer satisfaction, system reliability and corporate image.
  • Provide daily direction and weekly review over the activities of coordinators, job planners and administrative staff. Evaluate employee performance and ensure employees are in compliance with APS safety targets and goals in accordance with the Accident Prevention Manual, IBEW contract, and applicable ANSI, OSHA, and environmental regulations.
  • Develop and manage a budget in excess of one million dollars. Analyze operations to evaluate operations to identify areas of cost reduction, program improvement and employee development.  Implement operational changes to ensure that financial targets are met.
  • Frequently discuss complex information to gain cooperation from affected customers and tribal and government officials.    Communicate with all levels of internal company management. 
  • Resolve complaints and disputes with adversely affected customers, government agencies and internal departments.  Negotiate settlements and authorize restitution where appropriate.  Investigate claims lodged against the company.  Serve as expert witness in litigation disputes.  Prepare training programs, public education brochures and programs. Speak at city council meetings, homeowner's associations, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Prepare detailed project specifications, evaluate bid proposals, and negotiate and award contracts.
  • Conduct aerial and ground inspections of power line corridors and electric equipment to identify areas of concern. Coordinate the appropriate corrective activities with other departments.
  • Prepare documents, reports, analysis, and presentations and keep abreast of new technologies and regulations through professional reading, attendance at seminars and participation in professional organizations.
  • Negotiate contracts with municipalities to perform tree services in order to generate revenue for the company.
  • Implement and manage the department's GIS program including base data and updates.

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Contact Information

Andrew Rable
Phone: 480-446-0248
Fax: NA