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Utility Forester/Contract Arborist/Work Planner

Company: Utilities Service Co Inc
Location: Marion
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Utility Forester / Contract Arborist / Work Planner
This position provides planning, scheduling, reporting, and project management for utility right-of-way vegetation management programs throughout our operating region.
Job Type : Full-Time +, Non-Exempt
Pay : Competitive Salary

  • Health & Dental Insurance.

  • 401K with Company Match.

  • Paid holidays/sick leave/vacation.

  • Company Vehicle.

    At ARBORMETRICS we are always looking for people with knowledge of local trees and vegetation, good communication and computer skills, a valid driver's license, and the ability to work independently safely, and efficiently.
    ARBORMETRICS specializes in combining the power and expertise of our people, software, and hardware into mobile workforce solutions that streamline your vegetation management program.
    Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

    • Inspect right-of-ways to assess vegetation conditions and determine required maintenance activities.

    • Assist with developing bid package maps and work manifests.

    • Obtains oral/written permission from property owners to trim or remove trees and apply herbicides. Arranges with customer or property owner to obtain access to the property, advises of any interruption in services, explains work to be performed, etc.

    • Discusses responsibility for apparent property damage, and repairs for minor damage, and refers controversial cases to the General Foreperson/Project Coordinator.

    • Research easement and land rights for widths, rights, and restrictions.

    • Meet with landowners to explain vegetation management work.

    • Mark works in the field where required.

    • Respond to public concerns and questions about the work.

    • Assist in the development of public relations materials.

    • Respond to contractor questions concerning work specifications and requirements.

    • Document work activity using GIS equipped computer & custom work planning software.

    • Inspect work completed by contractors for compliance with utility specifications.

    • Assist in the management of contractors during storm restoration operations.

    • Provide support and assistance on special projects as assigned by the utility.

      Minimum Qualifications:

      • Must be 18 years of age or older.

      • Working knowledge of IVM, techniques, and equipment used for vegetation management.

      • Excellent personal computing skills, GIS knowledge preferred.

        Education & Experience

        • Bachelor's or Associates Degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Sciences/Management, Horticulture, or related field preferred, but not required.

        • 2+ years of applicable work experience preferred.


          • Upon offer, employees may be required to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, background, and/or MVR check.

            License & Certifications:

            • Valid Driver's License Required.

              Physical Requirements:

              • RARE (less than 10%): stooping, kneeling, squatting, body-twisting, crawling, climbing poles, color vision, lifting, pushing, pulling, climbing ladders, climbing stairs, lifting over 10 lbs. to 50 lbs., lifting up to 50 lbs.

              • OCCASIONAL (up to 33%): sitting, manual dexterity, climbing on/off a truck, gripping, reaching, range of motion, carrying, balancing, lifting up to 50 lbs.

              • FREQUENT (up to 66%): standing, walking, sense of touch, seeing distant, hearing-speech range, depth perception.

              • CONTINUOUS (up to 100%): seeing, speaking clearly.

                Due to the inherently dangerous nature of the industry and requirements to work with or around hazardous equipment, employees must have sufficient eyesight to judge distance/coordination of equipment and tools, be able to maintain attention and concentration for extended periods, be able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather while completing work assignments, be able to wear personal protective equipment as necessary, be able to enter and exit a vehicle numerous times a day, have the endurance necessary to traverse various terrain, be capable of performing job duties throughout a standard 8- or 10-hour day, be able to communicate with others, read, write, and comprehend written/verbal job instructions and information, and communicate and handle conflict professionally.

                • Works in all temperatures and weather

                • May work around excessive noise from machines, chain saw, wood chippers, and other equipment with hearing protection

                • May be exposed to nature i.e., irritating plants and biting or stinging insects, and dust

                • May work on unlevel terrain

                • May be exposed to dogs and other animals

                  About Us:
                  In 2006, ARBORMETRICS Solutions was established and we soon began to build our steadfast reputation by taking one client at a time and enhancing their vegetation management programs to be more efficient, effective, safe, and transparent. Today, our clients include utilities, municipalities, and other agencies throughout North America interested in finding ways to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their vegetation management programs.
                  We are intimately familiar with today's dynamic vegetation management regulatory environment. We partner with our clients to ensure all work is compliant with local, state, and federal government regulatory requirements.
                  Training and safety are central to everything we do. All ARBORMETRICS employees receive ongoing training on all aspects of vegetation management.
                  Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Individuals with a disability who desire a reasonable accommodation should contact the ADA Coordinator at 1-800-248-8733, ext. 1339.
                  An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keywords: Utilities Service Co Inc, Cedar Rapids , Utility Forester/Contract Arborist/Work Planner, Other , Marion, Iowa

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