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Vegetation Supervisor

J. Frank & Associates/SECO Energy - Sumterville, FL , USA

Starting Date :
November or December 2019

Location of job:
Central Florida - Orlando Area

Posted By: :
Joel Frank - 414-651-4503

Job Description:

Our client is a larger electrical utillity (co-op) in central Florida, they have retained us to find a Vegetation Supervisor as well as a Vegetation Specialist, please contact me if you are interested in these excellent career opportunities Joel Frank 414-651-4503 


Vegetation Supervisor

This position manages the Distribution and Transmission line clearing portion of the Vegetation Management Program. This position provides direction and guidance to contractor personnel on the operational execution of the vegetation management (VM) program that includes cycle and non-cycle maintenance tree trimming, tree removal and herbicide application as well as invoice processing. They must assure that all line clearing VM work is performed in accordance with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) guidelines and adheres to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. They measure contractor work performance across the entire electrical system. The overall goal of this position is to passionately pursue the elimination of “tree caused” electrical outages in a safe, member focused, efficient and environmentally responsible way. This position must demonstrate a firm commitment to customer service as they will frequently interact with both internal and external customers.

This position has responsibility for the direction, coordination and evaluation of employees in their respective customer service unit. This person is expected to perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture. Arboriculture, Forestry, or a related field of study. Job related experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
Must have been in a leadership capacity for at least 2-years providing direct oversight to electric utility personnel and / or subcontractors.
ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist preferred or ability to obtain within three (3) years of job award unless approved by the VP of Operations.
Possess a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Pesticide Certification Office or ability to obtain within one (1) year of job award. Minimum four (4) years’ of vegetation management experience in the electric utility industry or six (6) years of electric utility experience in Transmission & Distribution.
Note: The equivalent of six years of directly related experience in the forestry/arboricultural industry with a high school diploma or GEDPossesses a working knowledge of ANSI Z133-2012 Safety Standard and ANSI A300 Pruning Standard for vegetation management.

Knowledge Skills & Ability
Ability to implement the line clearing VM program that is focused on achieving desired safety and reliability results, property owner acceptance, regulatory compliance, and being financially responsible. Always focusing on achieving a goal of “zero” tree caused electrical outages.
The ability to work with subcontractor leadership to ensure VM programs and projects are completed safely, reliably, and according to approved work plans and procedures.
Possess a thorough knowledge of basic and intermediate mathematics (including basic algebra) and use those skills to forecast work production, budget expenses, and perform basic business analytics. This includes performing business case analysis, cost-benefit analysis, return on investment analysis and financial impact forecasting.
Provide expertise in the design, development and evaluation of line clearing VM techniques that meet local, state and federal regulations.
Possess the skills to create and implement tree trimming and removal specifications that moves toward, meets or is better than a 3-year trim cycle and controls cost.
Knowledge of the primary components and operation of an electric distribution and transmission system; OSHA regulations and code requirements.
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of right-of-way maintenance and control including herbicide and related chemical application; expertise in the design, development and evaluation of line clearance and right-of-way management consistent with local, state and federal regulations.
Knowledge of basic financial planning, forecasting and analysis skills in order to be proficient in developing budgets, forecasting expenditures and managing workload to meet budgetary requirements.
Effective communications skills including written, verbal, and listening including the ability to prepare reports, business correspondence, procedures and training manuals; prepare and conduct presentations to employees, management, vendors, subcontractors, government agencies.. This includes preparing and conducting presentations to employees, management, vendors, subcontractors and government agencies. may be considered in lieu of degree.

Proven leadership skills with the ability to work under extremely high-pressure situations and remain calm, focused and professional. Must be able to make sound and rational decisions when faced with irate customers, unforeseen situations, and system emergencies always keeping safety as the number one priority.
Demonstrated proficiency in computer operations and Microsoft Office products (i.e. Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint) along with the ability to acquire skills in the use of applicable corporate database programs and customer information systems. .
Skilled in technical, business and conversation writing. Must be able to craft a memorandum, email and / or written correspondence that is appropriate for internal and external communications. This includes the ability to craft procedures, training manuals, reports and presentations to communicate within and outside the department and to governmental agencies and entities. As well as use the contract documents to procure labor, materials and services to complete VM objectives.
Excellent customer service orientation; effective planning, organization, prioritization and time management skills; ability to exercise good judgment, sound reasoning skills and discretion in making independent decisions commensurate with responsibilities.
Independent judgment, sound reasoning skills and discretion to make and implement prompt decisions; effective planning, organization, and prioritization skills; and ability to effectively direct the work of others.
Ability to effectively manage stress and pressure in a frequently changing environment and to accurately and promptly perform multiple priorities calmly and effectively in all situations.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and confidential information (in accordance with established Board Policies and procedures).
English is the primary business language. Second language in Spanish is desirable.

Contact Information

Joel Frank
Phone: 4146514503
Fax: NA