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Supervisor, Vegetation Management Inspectors

Pacific Gas and Electric Company - Multiple Locations, CA , USA

Starting Date :
08/15/2020 00:00:00

Location of job:
Multiple Locations

Posted By: :
Joe Echols

Job Description:

Vegetation Management Inspector Supervisor (Multiple Locations)

Job Location : Angels Camp; Auburn; Chico; Oakland; Rocklin; Santa Cruz; Santa Rosa


Department Overview

The men and women of Electric Operations ensure the delivery of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. Electric Operations is responsible for every aspect of PG&E's electric distribution and transmission operations, including planning, engineering, maintenance and construction, asset management, business planning, restoration and emergency response.


Position Summary

Leads staff to ensure public safety, electric reliability and regulatory compliance with state and federal vegetation management rules. Serves as a subject matter expert, provides guidance and influence, and acts as an external leader in the industry on regulatory issues and market strategies. Partners with customers and public entities to monitor and manage vegetation proximity to PG&E assets to ensure system reliability and safety objectives.

Multiple Locations: North Valley (Chico); Sierra (Auburn); North Coast (Santa Rosa); Bay (Oakland); Central Valley (Angels Camp); Central Coast (Santa Cruz); Transmission (Rocklin)


Job Responsibilities

  • Leads an in-field inspection team that actively inspects tree crew and pre-inspection operations in an area of the service territory. Operates under general standards set by the Manager and makes short & long-term decisions at local level that align with department strategy. Escalates major events like fire, safety or a violation to Manager
  • Provides oversight and mentors assigned Vegetation Management Inspectors.  Supports vegetation management inspectors to provide in-field coaching to tree crew and pre inspector operations.  In-field supervision is expected to be 50-75% of the time
  • Deals with moderately complex and difficult issues with customers and public entities escalated from subordinates. May speak/present to external entities such as city councils, governmental agencies and community groups, representing PG&E’s position regarding sensitive vegetation issues. Seeks resolutions that balance the customer and business needs
  • Oversees quality control inspections and recommended actions. Ensures checks, audits, inspections of contractor work are completed regularly, and corrective action is recommended and implemented to ensure regulatory compliance, safety and reliability
  • Develops and executes project plans and ensures work is on track. Develops performance measures for team. Ensures local performance measures and tactics align with the whole department. Collaborates with department managers on overall department goals for annual and longer term
  • Develops own area forecast and associated budget; updates on monthly basis and provides to the Vegetation Planning group for consolidation and reporting. Monitors expenses and reports on actuals vs. budget. Explain variances to manager. Creates new and/or manages existing data models for work forecasting
  • Leads performance improvement teams across Vegetation Management and continually seeks and recommends opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Collaborates with and influences both internal and external contacts & stakeholders of various levels on issues and developments affecting vegetation management for the company and/or industry. Serves as a subject matter expert, participating in projects or initiatives to positively affect pending legislation or rule making by local, state or federal agencies such as CalFire, CalTrans, USFS, Park Service. Active in the utility arborist association to influence standards across the industry and may lead large statewide efforts on behalf of PG&E to resolve issues and conflicts or to educate other parties
  • Coaches vegetation management inspectors participating in regulatory and/or industry forums, public hearings or legal proceedings. May provide expert witness testimony in the higher profile legal cases involving vegetation issues
  • Oversees and reviews the development of new or revised scopes of work for vegetation management inspectors to ensure compliance standards and deliverables are established
  • Reviews budget forecasts and business cases for new, non-routine work related to special initiatives such as public safety, reliability, reclamation or timber harvest plans. Submits to Manager for approval

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervision of Represented Internal and Contractor Vegetation Management Inspector, clerical staff and business analyst
  • Supervises in-field inspection staff to accomplish results to ensure Safety, Quality and Efficiency of Vegetation Management Programs through effective recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, and rewards and recognition




  • Bachelors Degree in Business Administration or job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • 7 years of related experience with at least 5 years in a leadership role, team leader or project leader
  • CA Class C License, or equivalent



  • Line Clearance certification
  • Register Professional Forester certification
  • OSHA 30-hour construction safety certification
  • Certified Tree Safety Professional certification
  • Leadership experience with Represented employees
  • ISA-International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Utility Specialist certification
  • PMI-Project Management Institute PMP-Project Management Professional certification
  • Strong knowledge of forestry and/or utility vegetation management concepts, methods and techniques
  • Broad knowledge of current utility and energy industry, economic and social & political issues, trends and business drivers
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills
  • Adaptability to work within a heavily regulated environment.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills to communicate findings and recommendations to various levels of management
  • Influence and negotiation skills, tact and diplomacy and political acumen to navigate sensitive customer/public issues
  • Good independent organizational, time management, prioritization and planning skills
  • Thorough knowledge of project and program management concepts, methods and techniques. Ability to lead complex projects across the line of business
  • Strong business and data analysis knowledge, process improvement skills and creative thinking to create compelling business cases based on complex business environments and inputs
  • Competent with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

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Contact Information

Joe Echols
6121 Bollinger Canyon Dr
San Ramn, CA 94583, USA
Phone: 925-270-5827
Fax: NA