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Associate Forester

Portland General Electric - Portland, OR , United States

Starting Date :
03/01/2020 00:00:00

Location of job:
Portland, Oregon

Posted By: :
Portland General Electric

Job Description:

This job posting will close at 12:01 am Pacific Time on 02-17-2020


This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!


Associate Forester

Job Function


Manages vegetation in proximity to electrical facilities to promote resiliency of transmission services.

Key Responsibilities


Performs safety and contractor audits, conducts scoping, work layout and notifications. Analyzes risks and prioritizes schedule and jobs according to urgency and location. 


Under direction, plans and organizes vegetation clearance activities. Schedules work assignments and contract crews based on manager priorities.  Helps to organize and maintain tasks and the ability to track progress throughout multiple projects.  Notifies customers and all stakeholders of impending work and helps to manage and review work processes.

Vendor Management

Reviews contract crew performance against PGE standards and specifications. Monitors crew productivity to ensure PGE is receiving benefits for vegetation clearance expenditures relative to statement of work. Adapts tree pruning practices as needed to optimize resource use.


Represents PGE’s Forestry department to contractors impacted by/impacting company operations in accordance with established guidelines. Schedules meetings to explain and resolve problems. Responds to routine and nonroutine questions from all internal PGE stakeholders with the ability to solve problems and come to resolutions. Works with PGE distribution and transmission foresters to consult, assist, review, and coordinate tree and herbicide work across PGE territory as needed.


Coordinates vegetation work layout, tree risk analysis and reports, interdepartmental communications and clearance for line restoration crews during emergency periods. Interfaces with state and regional municipalities, government agencies, and our customers by representing PGE Vegetation Management department professionally.  Coordinate with line operations to determine maintenance and construction vegetation clearance needs as well as vegetation clearance and selective herbicide applications with city, county and state agencies.


Ensures work meets all applicable standards, regulations and agreements. Reviews new standards, regulations and agreements and identifies potential impacts.


Requires a degree in earth science, horticulture, geology, forestry, natural resources or similar field or equivalent experience and educational studies with professional experience.


Typically, two or more years in utility forestry process, tree trimming, arborist work, landscape/nursery work or related field.  Working knowledge of utility arboriculture with a focus on vendor QA and QC to ensure efficient project management.

Certifications, Licenses and Training

Valid driver’s license, Valid Oregon State Pesticide Consultant license, ISA Arborist Certification and ISA TRAQ and Utility Specialist credential preferred. 

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please visit www.portlandgeneral.com/careers to complete an employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

This job posting will close at 12:01 am Pacific Time on the closing date listed below:


Contact Information

Talent Aquisition
121 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97204, USA
Phone: 503-464-7250
Fax: NA