Distribution Utility Forester

Utilities Service, LLC

Job Description
We are currently seeking a **Distribution** **Utility Forester** to join our team. We are looking for energetic professionals who enjoy working outdoors and value the freedom of working independently. If you enjoy a fast-paced environment and the challenges of a rewarding profession, consider a career in vegetation management with ECI. During these uncertain times, you can take pride in knowing you are an **essential** **employee** . Our team members work independently in an outdoor environment and follow all CDC recommended guidelines and company safety protocols relevant to COVID-19. Some of the most important characteristics of **ECI** **Distribution** **Utility Forester** is that you are open-minded and able to engage in safe, constructive interactions with your team and the public. You are accountable for advancing a culture of safety and excellence while providing quality and value to our customers and clients. **WHAT WE OFFER:** + Industry competitive pay. + Company vehicle with fuel card to take to and from home & work. + Medical/Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, effective Day 1 for full time team members. + 401K eligibility. + Paid Holidays, Vacation and Sick Leave. + Weekly pay checks and direct deposit. + Employee Referral Program (must meet eligibility requirements). + Boot and clothing program (company funded). + Ongoing training and assistance with obtaining industry certifications. **WHAT YOU WILL DO:** + Inspect and assess customer requests for pruning or removals. + Secure clear rights-of-way for new line and pole construction. + Provide crew/project oversight to assure work completion. + Handle customer complaints related to scheduled pruning and/or completed pruning. + Audit tree contractor's work for compliance with utility's specifications. + Provide subject matter expertise with ability to contradict marked trees if necessary. + Assist in storm and emergency situations and other miscellaneous line clearance projects. + Assist in investigating and recommending future R-O-W maintenance requirements. + Operate system forestry computer programs and record systems. + Communicate daily with the utility client, contractors, landowners and the general public. + Perform duties in a manner that will promote and maintain good public relations. + Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned. **WHAT YOU NEED TO HAVE:** + Bachelor's or Associates degree in Forestry, Environmental Science or related field. + Must have solid tree identification skills. + Must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, strong problem-solving abilities, the ability to multi-task and an attention to detail. + Must be able to work alone, outdoors in various weather conditions and terrain. + Must have basic computer skills (Microsoft Office). **WHAT WOULD BE AMAZING TO HAVE:** + 1-2 years prior experience in Forestry, Arboriculture or Horticulture a plus. + Certification as an ISA Arborist preferred. + Ability to read maps, and familiarity with any form of GIS a plus. + Bi-lingual speaking (English and Spanish) is a plus. **A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ECI FORESTER:** **Working Environment** Work alone in an outdoor field environment; vehicle and foot patrol of utility power lines; remote locations as well as urban, city environment; physical demands and travel from site to site, including walking/hiking on various surfaces including flat, dry, wet, slippery, uneven, rough, steep terrain, hills, and slopes; exposure to noise, dust, grease, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions. Reasonable accommodations, if available, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. **Physical** The team member must have sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to walk up to 10 miles per day, stand, sit, and operate a motor vehicle for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, run, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp and make repetitive hand, arm and shoulder movement in the performance of daily duties (e.g., forcefully beat down brush); carry, push and/or pull light to heavy amounts of weight, frequently lift up to 10 lbs. and occasionally lift up to 60 lbs. (sandbags); to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information with public; ability to see and hear in normal range with or without correction; operate assigned field equipment, including handheld computer, range finder, fyrake, water backpack, shovel, and traffic cone. **Company Overview** Environmental Consultants (ECI) is a leading provider of vegetation and asset management consulting services to the utility industry. Successful professionals at ECI have come from a variety of backgrounds, including: forestry, arboriculture, natural resource management, biology, landscape maintenance, horticulture, nursery management, environmental sciences, geology, agriculture, parks & recreation management, urban forestry, geography, and more. For more information visit our website www.eci-consulting.com **Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug test and a criminal background check.** **All candidates must possess a valid driver's license and have a good driving record.** **ECI is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. EOE/AA : Minority/Female/ Vets/ Disabled.**