The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide, within budgetary and other constraints, the best possible electrical service to the members through effective planning and efficient utilization of available right-of-way (ROW) maintenance resources. This position also shall be utilized to promote good member and public relations through a cooperative, informed approach to ROW maintenance. Duties during and after-hours are assigned, as necessary.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A tree trimmer performs the duties listed below. These duties listed are not meant to be all-inclusive. Other duties may be assigned from time-to-time in correspondence with the needs of the cooperative.
Cooperates with the public when working on or around their land to develop and maintain a good relationship between co-op, customers, and the public.
Identifies the vegetation that needs removal and/or maintenance.
Knowledgeable of SWECI’s policy for line clearance.
Maintains good communication with foreman.
Assists with the development and maintenance of ROW.
Ability to identify all types of utility lines and tree species.
Maintains excellent oral and written communication skills and mapping skills to ensure ROW work is completed accurately and as planned with member.
Assists with the response, investigation, and resolution of all inquiries and/or complaints concerning ROW clearing and/or damages.
Performs ROW clearance, tree replacements and chemical application.
Attends all safety meetings. Stays informed on best safety procedures to follow in case of an accident involving electricity.
Observes all cooperative safety rules, including the operation of equipment as required by state and federal law.
Participates in workshops, seminars, and other educational programs to improve knowledge and ability.
Maintains vehicles, tools and working equipment in a safe, neat, and orderly manner. Reports any required repairs promptly to the supervisor.
Consults with, assists, and receives instructions from the Vice President of Operations regarding ROW maintenance and scheduling.
Maintains good communication with linemen crews for assistance as needed.
Display adequate climbing ability.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. A tree trimmer must possess and exhibit the ability and desire to perform duties promptly and correctly as well as the ability to work cooperatively and as a team member and an exceptional understanding of electricity.
Must be/be capable of becoming a qualified forestry journeyman, by completing an accredited apprentice program.
Must have a valid Class A CDL in the State of Illinois.
Must possess State of Illinois Commercial Not-for-hire Applicator and Operator Licenses.
Should have an effective working knowledge of ANSI A300, ANSI1, cutting, herbicides and other commonly used ROW clearing methods.
Possess Flagger Certification, Fork Lift Certification as well as CPR, First Aid, and AED Certification; all may be obtained through the cooperative.
Must be capable of operating a tablet computer as well as a personal computer using Microsoft applications is highly desirable.
About Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Formed in 1939 with a loan from the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SWECI) is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative located in Southwestern Illinois. Southwestern Electric Cooperative serves nearly 24,000 residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial member accounts in parts of Bond, Clay, Clinton, Fayette, Effingham, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby and St. Clair Counties. Headquartered in Greenville, Illinois, the co-op maintains nearly 3,500 miles of power line, employs more than 75 people, and owns a 47-megawatt peaking plant.