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Forester

Employer
Utilities Service, LLC
Location
Buckhannon, West Virginia, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Ecology
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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As a Forester with ECI, your office is the great outdoors! We keep the lights on and go anywhere there is a power line from the city to the rural countryside and remote woods. 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 rewards of a challenging profession, consider a career in vegetation management with ECI. This role is ideal for entry-level professionals looking to gain experience in the green industry, or for seasoned professionals interested in changing careers.

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 Forester is open-mindedness and the ability to engage in safe, constructive interactions with the public. You are accountable for advancing a culture of safety and excellence while providing quality and value to our customers and clients. Successful candidates come from varied educational backgrounds in fields such as an arboriculture, environmental science, ecology, forestry, natural resource management, and conservation biology or experience as an arborist, plant healthcare technician, herbicide applicator, groundman, foreman, or general foreman.

WHAT WE OFFER:
  • Industry competitive pay.
  • Company vehicle with fuel card for commute and 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.
  • Participation in Employee Referral Program (must meet eligibility requirements).
  • Company funded boot and clothing program.
  • Ongoing training and assistance with obtaining industry certifications.

WHAT YOU WILL DO:
  • Inspect and document required power line clearance work (tree pruning or vegetation removal).
  • Prescribe Integrated Vegetation Management control methods that enhance the ecological benefits of transmission rights-of-way.
  • Resolve customer concerns and complaints related to scheduled or completed line clearance work in a timely manner.
  • Record associated vegetation work for later pruning and removal by a tree crew on a tablet in the field using specialized software or paper maps.
  • Operate system forestry computer programs and record systems.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with project leadership, auditors, utility clients, 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:
  • Associates degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, or related discipline OR some prior UVM or related experience.
  • Must be able to read maps and identify tree species.
  • Must be able to work alone, outdoors in various weather conditions and terrain.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, strong problem solving and multi-tasking abilities and show attention to detail.
  • Must be able to adapt to change.
  • Must have basic computer skills.
  • Ability to travel daily with potential for overnight travel +/- 15% throughout Pennsylvania.

WHAT WOULD BE AMAZING TO HAVE:
  • Familiarity with tree growth rates, tree response to injury, and hazardous tree conditions preferred.
  • Prior experience with GIS software/technology preferred.
  • Familiarity with vegetation removal, utility line clearance, and utility vegetation methods and equipment is preferred.
  • Bi-lingual speaking (English and Spanish).

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.
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