FreeState is the largest rural electric cooperative in Eastern Kansas, with more than 15,000 member-owners. It functions as a democratic, not-for-profit organization. We are controlled by our members who actively participate in setting cooperative policy and making decisions in the best interest of the cooperative. Unlike investor-owned utilities, our profits are returned to our members as capital credits.
The Tree Crew/Groundsman is responsible for effectively and efficiently conducting all right-of-way clearing and spraying in a safe and professional manner, and in accordance with the system requirements, to ensure quality electric service. This position is the first level in a progressive, four-year, right-of-way training program.
Performs all right-of-way activities that can be accomplished safely from the ground level.
Performs all right-of-way activities from an aerial lift, or rope and saddle on non-energized portions of the system.
Permitted to work aloft around secondary voltage conductors under the direct supervision of a Tree Trimmer, Lead Trimmer, or Tree Foreman.
Performs all trimming and cutting operations necessary for right-of-way control within the limits set forth for the position.
Applies chemicals under the direction of the Foreman or designated supervisor, using recommended techniques and precautions.
High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
A valid Class “B” Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) without an L, Z or E restriction is required. A valid Class “A” CDL without an L, Z, or E restriction is preferred. Required to obtain a Class “A” CDL within 60 days of original hire date.
General knowledge of clearing and trimming techniques used to clear right-of-way is required.
Upon hire, obtainment of Fort Leavenworth access pass is required.
Frequently requires talking, hearing, standing, walking, pulling/pushing, reaching, crawling, squatting, climbing, balancing, bending, kneeling, lifting, and good hand/finger dexterity.
Frequently lifts and/or moves up to seventy-five (75) pounds; occasionally may be required to lift and/or move up to one hundred and twenty-five (125) pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Limited exposure to chemicals, oil, gasoline and dirt as long as proper Personal Protective Equipment is used, and Safety Rules are followed.
Frequently exposed to high, precarious places, outside weather conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, and risk of electrical hazards.
Occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles and vibration.
Moderate noise level.
Regular, reliable attendance is required.
Must be able to report to their primary worksite after regular business hours, as soon as possible, in the event of an emergency situation such as electrical outages, inclement weather, etc.
Ability to travel to attend meetings, trainings, workshops, and seminars, as directed.
FreeState is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.