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Utility Forester Supervisor

United Electric Cooperative, Inc. - DuBois, PA , United States

Starting Date :
01/01/2021 00:00:00

Location of job:
DuBois, Pennsylvania

Posted By: :
Debra Horner

Job Description:

      United Electric Cooperative, Inc., a rural electric utility, located in DuBois, PA, seeks applications to fill our Utility Forester position. 

     United Electric Cooperative members reside in Armstrong, Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Indiana, and Jefferson counties.  The Cooperative operates an electric system spanning 7,000 square miles.  It maintains 2,830 miles of line with 20 substations and employs 52 local people. 

     The Forester position is key in ensuring safe and productive management of member funded vegetation control practices.  Successful candidates are skilled at vegetation control methods, tree risk assessment and integrated vegetation management practices.  The forester will scope work, set priorities, and seek out improvements while holding contractors accountable to UEC's expectations.  As a UEC vegetation management representative, you will provide utility expertise for contract tree crews, repond to member concerns, build municipal, state, and federal contacts, and engage with internal stakeholders.

     The Forester position also oversees the Wood Pole Maintenance Program.  This program encompasses the inspection and remedial treatment of our wood poles for prolonged serviceability and safety.

 Reponsibilities include

-Perform Safety and QA/QC audits.   -Help set work priorities across a geographic region.  -Detailed work layout and notes, identify areas of focus and proactively engage with members, manicipalities, state, federal internal customer concerns.  -Ensure compliance to UEC specifications through formal QA/QC process.    -Weekly data entry and billing audits.    -Respond to and dispatch storm work and investigate vegetation caused outages.     -Extensive field time and project management skills.

 Minimum Qualifications:

- Degree in forestry, natual resources, horticulture, or related earth sciences field.  - Ten or more years in related forestry or arboriculture job field including a minimum or three years vendor and project management dutues.     -Valid Pennsylvania driver's license.

Desired Qualifications:

- Licensed International Society of Arboriculture (within 6 months of hire)

-Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide License (within 6 months of hire)

-Familiar with Pennsylvania tree ID and growth characteristics

-Direct and provide guidance on proper application of licensed herbicides

-Utility hardware and basic electric grid operations

-Ability to hike and traverse rough terrain safely over long distances

-Intermediate knowledge of utility forestry best practices

-Project management skills

-Ability to analyze and solve problems

-Ability to operate independently with minimal guidance

-Basic Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, programs experience

-Ability to work long hours, often during severe inclement weather




Contact Information

Debbie Horner
PO Box 688
DuBois, PA 15801, United States
Phone: 814-503-8508
Fax: 814-371-2594