Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. is seeking a Utility Arborist to join our team! The requirements for this position are as follows: Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Requires a bachelor’s degree in forestry, business administration, engineering, or a related field or an equivalent of 6 years of experience directly related to the electric utility industry. Requires a valid driver’s license.
Candidates must have acute consciousness of safety and a positive attitude toward accident prevention. Must be able to work in an office environment with frequent visits to operating areas. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software and applicable Vegetation Management Guidelines, Methods and Procedures. Must possess the skills to use vegetation management software and GIS maps as required by the job. Must be proficient in the patrol of rights of way, accurately reporting findings, and communicating the findings as required, both verbally and in writing. Must be able to speak clearly and fluently over the telephone, two way radio and in person. Must work well individually and with others. Must be able to handle high pressure situations. Must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of all applicable, TECI and OSHA safety rules, regulations, policies, practices and procedures. Prefer applicants with experience implementing standardized work processes and the ability to interpret and compose work flow process charts.
The following certifications are required within two years of appointment: ISA Certified Arborist/Utility Specialist or Registered Professional Forester and a “Commercial Applicator License” as issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Pesticide Certification Office.
Must be able to pass Cooperative physical examination as well as preemployment drug screen and background check. Must live at a primary residence located within a 30 minute drive, as determined solely by management, of any Talquin Electric office facility.
RESPONSIBILITIES: A. Perform duties in a safe, satisfactory, competent and timely manner. B. Plan and administer contract bid packages, estimating, and accident investigations. C. Review and submit invoices; develop, monitor and manage budgets; identify cost effective maintenance objectives. D. Work with internal and external parties to schedule contract crew work and inspections. E. Make recommendations to correct poor performance. F. Foster an environment that places safety as number one priority and encourages teamwork. G. Ensure compliance with strict regulatory line clearance requirements for the state of Florida (FPSC guidelines); ensure F.D.O.T. regulations are followed when working on road right-ofways. H. Report any needed maintenance on lines, such as broken insulators, cross arms, etc. and assist with service restoration, if needed. I. Create project schedules to ensure upcoming events/projects are on track; maintain records of work performed and materials used to keep the various people involved with project(s) informed of important issues. J. Schedule and direct daily activities of contractor's work and take necessary action to assure the project objectives are met. K. Conduct inspections and project progress meetings, as needed, to ensure quality and accuracy. L. Investigate property owner complaints related to vegetation management and evaluate Member requests for tree removal/trimming.Work closely with property owners and assist crews in securing permission to trim trees and/or tree removal. M. Act as liaison with state and local government agencies. N. Become recognized as a "Subject Matter Expert" in tree biology and pruning for utility line clearance in accordance with the "Shigo" method, ISA standards and all federal, state, and local regulations including the National Electrical Safety Code, herbicide application and associated regulations, and all vegetation management safety requirements. O. Actively participate in TECI's safety programs and meetings. P. Maintain First Aid and Adult CPRcertification. Q. Utilize all TECI equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Recognize and report any safety hazards involving either TECI or contractor employees and equipment to appropriate personnel immediately. R. Operate and maintain cooperative vehicles in a safe manner. Obey all federal, state, and local laws applicable to the operation of the vehicle. S. Utilize required safety protective equipment properly. T. Attend and actively participate in training as scheduled. U. Exhibit a commitment to Member-focused service. V. Exhibit a strong work ethic. W. Perform other duties as required.
Applications will be accepted through 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
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High school diploma or its equivalent.
Bachelor’s degree in forestry, business administration, engineering, or a related field or an equivalent of 6 years of experience directly related to the electric utility industry.