Overview

Utility Forester Work Planner – Non Union – PSE

This position provides planning, scheduling, reporting, and project management for utility right-of-way vegetation management programs.

Are you a real go-getter looking for an amazing opportunity with a nationwide full-service utility contractor offering competitive wages and incredible benefits? Keep reading because this job might be for you!

Since 1928, Asplundh has been dedicated to safe, efficient, and innovative line clearance services for the utility industry. Reliable, uninterrupted power is an important service provided by the world’s electrical utilities and Asplundh has the expertise to help keep the power flowing. Diversification over the years has opened up vegetation management services to other specialized markets such as municipalities, railroads, pipelines, helicopter vegetation services, and departments of transportation.

A family-owned and operated corporation headquartered near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Asplundh has grown to employ over 36,000 service professionals throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Job Type:

  • Full-Time +, Non-Exempt

Pay:

  • $18.50 – $22.00 per hour / Depending on experience and Certifications.

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage starting day one
  • Company-provided life insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance with spouse and child coverage options
  • Short and Long-term disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Identity Theft Protection Plan
  • Pre-paid legal plan
  • Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, and Accident plans
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Various employee discount programs and resources
  • 401(k)
  • 7 paid holidays
  • 40 hours of vacation time with accrual beginning after 90 days of employment

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Inspect rights-of-way to assess vegetation conditions and determine required maintenance activities.
  • Assist with developing bid package maps and work manifests.
  • Research easement and land rights for widths, rights, and restrictions.
  • Meet with landowners to explain vegetation management work.
  • Mark work in the field where required.
  • Respond to public concerns and questions about the work.
  • Assist in the development of public relations materials.
  • Respond to contractor questions concerning work specifications and requirements.
  • Inspect work completed by contractors for compliance with utility specifications.
  • Assist in the management of contractors during storm restoration operations.
  • Provide support and assistance on special projects as assigned by the utility.
  • Obtains oral or written permission from property owners to trim or remove trees and apply herbicides.
  • Discuss access obtainment, power interruption, work to be done, etc., with the customer or property owner.
  • Discuss responsibility for apparent property damage, and repairs for minor damage, and refer controversial cases to the General Foreperson.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be able to identify local trees and vegetation and their growth rates.
  • Ability to safely operate and secure company-issued vehicle and gas card for use to, during, and from work area of responsibility.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and the ability to learn other software programs as required.

Education & Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Work experience in forestry-related fields preferred.

Pre-Screen:

  • Upon offer, employees may be required to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, background, and/or MVR check.

License & Certifications:

  • A valid Driver’s license is required.
  • ISA Certification is preferred.

Travel Requirements:

  • Must have transportation to and from the show-up location.
  • Travels from Job site to job site as frequently as necessary.

Physical Requirements:

  • RARE (less than 10%): stooping, kneeling, squatting, body-twisting, crawling, climbing poles, color vision, lifting, pushing, pulling, climbing ladders, climbing stairs, lifting over 10 lbs. to 50 lbs., lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • OCCASIONAL (up to 33%): sitting, manual dexterity, climbing on/off truck, gripping, reaching, range of motion, carrying, balancing, lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • FREQUENT (up to 66%): standing, walking, sense of touch, seeing distant, hearing-speech range, depth perception.
  • CONTINUOUS (up to 100%): seeing, speaking clearly.

Safety:

Due to the inherently dangerous nature of the industry and requirements to work with or around hazardous equipment, employees must have sufficient eyesight to judge distance/coordination of equipment and tools, be able to maintain attention and concentration for extended periods, be able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather while completing work assignments, be able to wear personal protective equipment as necessary, be able to enter and exit a vehicle numerous times a day, have the endurance necessary to traverse various terrain, be capable of performing job duties throughout a standard 8- or 10-hour day, be able to communicate with others, read, write, and comprehend written/verbal job instructions and information, and communicate and handle conflict professionally.

  • Works in all temperatures and weather and will be exposed to nature, i.e., irritating plants and biting or stinging insects, dust, etc.
  • May work around excessive noise from machines, chainsaws, woodchippers, and other equipment with hearing protection.
  • May work on unlevel terrain.
  • May be exposed to dogs and other animals.

About Us:

As a full-service utility contractor Asplundh performs tree pruning and removals, right-of-way clearing and maintenance, vegetation management with herbicides and emergency storm work and logistical support. Asplundh is the parent company of Asplundh Infrastructure Group whose subsidiaries provide overhead and underground line construction, planning and design, meter reading and AMR/AMI installation, electrical testing, and street lighting/traffic signal services. Asplundh also operates Rotor Blade Airborne Utilities Management, overhead electric distribution and transmission lines using MD 500 helicopters.

Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation. Individuals with a disability who desire a reasonable accommodation should contact the ADA Coordinator at 1-800-248-8733, ext. 1339.

An Equal Opportunity Employer.

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