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Job Details

Senior Consulting Utility Forester

Modis - Walnut Creek, CA , United States

Starting Date :
05/20/2019 00:00:00

Location of job:
San Luis Obispo

Posted By: :
Heather Gordon

Job Description:

Modis is hiring Senior Consulting Utility Forester to provide temporary Vegetation Management support services throughout San Luis Obispo, Scotts Valley, Big Sur As we work to identify specific needs and work locations, support will be assigned by district and may include several districts within a limited geographic area (i.e., zone/region).  The Utility Forester will perform identification, inspection, and evaluation of trees and brush along utility lines. Project duration is expected through December 2019.


The below physical demands and work environment are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:  

  • Adequate physical ability and mobility to work in an outdoor field environment in remote locations;
  • Walking, standing and operating a motor vehicle for prolonged periods of time;
  • Travel from site to site, including: walking/hiking on various surfaces including flat, dry, wet, slippery, uneven, rough, steep terrain, hills and slopes;
  • Exposure to noise, dust, smoke and all types of weather and temperature conditions;
  • Operate assigned field equipment, including handheld computer, smart phone, compass, and beacon.


  • Plan, coordinate and supervise CUF’s
  • Coordinate work and supervise project schedules
  • Assist Operations Manager with project maintenance
  • Inspect and assess the rights of way for vegetation requiring pruning or removal to avoid conflicts with overhead conductors
  • Identify tree and brush control work and enter data into handheld computer
  • Assess terrain, habitat, and environmental conditions
  • Pro-actively promote safety and maintain a safe work environment
  • Conduct grid reviews and inspections
  • Interact with local public agencies (i.e. State, County, City, Fire Department, Coastal Commission, etc.)
  • Provide reporting and updates for management
  • Assist in overall system-wide VM operations and TSP support as needed


  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Resources or related field OR minimum of 1 year of experience working as a CUF II on electric utility projects
  • Electrical utility projects experience
  • ISA Certified Arborist is a must
  • TRAQ or CTSP certifications preferred
  • Proficient with electronic devices and systems, such as mobile devices, GIS programs, MS Excel/Word
  • Familiarity with tree growth rates and habits
  • Ability to work in inclement weather
  • Ability to read and follow maps
  • Valid Driver’s License and clean driving record
  • Pre-employment drug screen and background check required

Contact Information

Heather Gordon
2121 N California
Walnut Creek, CA 94598Phone: 9253490305
Fax: NA