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Supervisor Forestry Operations

Northern Indiana Public Service Company - Merrillville, IN , USA

Starting Date :
01/01/2020 00:00:00

Location of job:
Plymouth, IN

Posted By: :
John Stout

Job Description:

Job Title:


Supervisor Forestry Operations


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Location Information


Position will cover the NIPSCO footprint.




Job Summary:

Develop, implement and manage NIPSCOs Distribution and Sub Transmission Line-Clearance, Electric and Gas Transmission Right of Way, Bare Ground Treatment, Landscape Maintenance and Tree Planting/Public Education Programs to ensure system reliability, regulatory compliance, public safety, cost effectiveness and customer satisfaction. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, monitor and report on maintenance programs and budgets for Electric Distribution and Sub Transmission, Electric and Gas Transmission that meet or exceed departmental objectives.
  • Monitor, analyze, and lead contractor performance and cost effectiveness.
  • Prepare and develop project specifications and bid documents.
  • Monitor, analyze, and lead contractor field crew evaluations and contract compliance audits.
  • Coordinate, create and perform internal and external training on departmental policies, programs and initiatives.
  • Develop, maintain and execute work schedules, work planning, and quality control processes.
  • Perform field supervision, inspection and coaching of work techniques and practices that reflect industry BMPs and internal specifications.
  • Provide timely investigation, response and resolution of customer complaints and claims.
  • Compile and submit necessary NERC / DOT / Compliance documents as needed.
  • Perform necessary compliance inspections including but not limited to: aerial, ground vehicle, walking and other necessary methods of transportation.
  • Cultivate and grow beneficial working relationships with other company departments and personal as well as with outside state and local interests to improve program operations.
  • Provide coordination and management of vegetation issues for construction projects.
  • Provide support and coordination to LOAs as required during emergency/storm outage restoration situations.



Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • Ability to organize and manage multiple concurrent projects.
  • Working knowledge of gas and electric distribution and transmission systems.
  • Proficient knowledge of arboricultural work practices, diagnostics, tree growth response, tree biology and plant physiology.
  • Working knowledge of tree pruning and herbicide application techniques.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective and confident public speaking skills.
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Access.


  • Self-starter with ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Confidence in leadership and decision-making.
  • Working knowledge of GIS and web based software applications.
  • Work experience in Electric and Gas Right of Way vegetation maintenance.

Education & Work Experience:


  • Bachelors Degree in Forestry, Plant Biology, Horticulture, Natural Resource Management or related field.
  • 1-2 years professional experience.
  • Valid drivers license to operate company supplied vehicle.
  • ISA Certified Arborist (or ability to obtain credential within 6 months).
  • Indiana Pesticide License, Category 6 (or ability to obtain credential within 6 months).


  • ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist endorsement.
  • 3-5 years professional experience.

Inclusion & Diversity


Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others' perspectives/convictions, engaging others' opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration.  Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.



How To Apply


For immediate consideration, please apply on-line at careers.nisource.com before December 4th!


Equal Employment Opportunity


NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities.


Contact Information

John Stout
801 E 86th Ave
Merrillville, IN 46410, USA
Phone: 574-780-2052
Fax: NA