|Position type:||Non Exempt|
|Department:||Right of Way|
|Reports To:||Manager, Right of Way|
|Salary Range:||Commensurate with experience|
Scope and Major Responsibilities
Assists in the development, implementation and administration of our Right-of-Way Vegetation programs (approximately 13,000 acres of transmission rights-of-way), to provide a safe and reliable transmission system. Serve as a liaison to VELCO’s stakeholders, act as a partner with various environmental entities and be responsible for work plan coordination, monitoring and reporting performance measures. Supervise contractor field activities and ensure compliance.
- Assist in the preparation of herbicide permit applications to Vermont Pesticide Advisory Council and Commissioner of Agriculture’s office. Ensure that Agency of Agriculture and PSB 3.6 Regulations are followed.
- Ensure Vegetation Management Programs are in compliance with NERC FAC-003 Vegetation Management standards as well as other applicable rules and regulations.
- Assist in preparing accurate budget estimates, specifications, and administer contracts for both routine vegetation management and capital projects.
- Supervise all field activities to ensure bid specifications, guidelines and annual work plans are followed to ensure quality (ANSI A300 Pruning and Vegetation Management Standards) and productivity are achieved.
- Serve as a company representative to landowners and the public for inquiries related to the Vegetation Management Program, particularly with regard to herbicides.
- Follow and ensure contractors comply with all company safety rules and policies, OSHA 1910.269, and ANSI Z133 Safety Standards.
- Record and report on vegetation management activities and associated usage and costs as required by PSB 3.6 and VT Agency of Agriculture regulations.
- Implement other projects or programs that serve to advance VELCO’s vegetation management program.
- Work with various environmental partners such as VT Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife, Audubon Vermont, and NWTF to enhance vegetation management programs.
- Be available on “call in” basis outside normal work hours in accordance with schedule developed with Department Manager.
The description above reflects the most specific duties performed but does not exclude the occasional work assignments not mentioned.
- A minimum of Associates degree in Arboriculture, Forestry, or other related Environmental degree. Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
- Will have or possess the ability to obtain certifications of International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist. Also expected to obtain and maintain a Vermont State Herbicide Applicator’s License.
- Knowledge of utility infrastructure projects and their associated environmental and vegetation impacts.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Experience with Microsoft suite.
- Working knowledge of GIS.
- Must be able to withstand periods of sitting or standing at a desk while working on a computer.
- Must be able to access VELCO’s facilities, which include transmission lines that extend across variable and often difficult terrain.
- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and withstand strenuous activities from time to time.
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license.
- Must be able to maintain fast pace while completing complex work, with competing priorities, within tight timelines.
VELCO is an equal opportunity employer.