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Distribution Associate Forestry Specialist

Employer
Utilities Service, LLC
Location
Clearwater, Florida, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Aug 16, 2022

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Forestry
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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ECI is currently looking to add **Distribution Associate Forestry Specialists** 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 an **ECI** **Distribution Associate** **Forestry Specialist** is a desire to learn, an ability to adapt, and a commitment 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.

**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.

+ Participation in 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:**

+ Identify opportunities for improving safety and immediately report incidents, injuries, unsafe working conditions, unsafe work processes, and potential hazards.

+ Abide by ECI's Code of Safe Practices, Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention Plan, and safe driving principles, practices, and policies.

+ Abide by, integrate, inspire, positively influence and engage others to apply ECI's Vision, Mission, Values and Principles (VMVPs) in daily activities and decisions.

+ Safely operate a motor vehicle for travel to assigned work area (locations vary)

+ In advance of patrol, review work locations to identify presence of endangered species and/or sensitive habitat and vegetation.

+ Review records, organize paperwork and prepare maps of circuits to be patrolled and maintain accurate maps and records of patrolled circuits.

+ Safely patrol energy corridors on foot **,** accurately identifying vegetation to be pruned, removed, or protected to remain in compliance with Client standards and specifications.

+ Prescribe International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) recommended directional pruning techniques and clearances for identified vegetation.

+ Apply tree risk assessment principles and practices to accurately identify vegetation for line clearance mitigation in accordance with Client and Company directives

+ Mark vegetation in accordance with Client directives

+ Identify land owner rights using handheld computer records, parcel maps, and property searches.

+ Provide professional customer service, fostering positive Client, community, and agency relations.

+ Explain the nature, extent and purpose of prescribed work to property owners, organizations, and/or government agencies.

+ Identify opportunities to reduce vegetation workload through cost-effective and sustainable vegetation removal, clearance and cut-stump treatment prescriptions, accurate vegetation listing, and applying integrated vegetation management (IVM) principles and practices.

+ Notify and obtain permission for vegetation clearing and/or tree pruning/removal by establishing contact with private/public landowners and government agencies

+ Audit completed utility vegetation inspection and/or line clearance contractor field work for compliance with Client's specifications and procedures.

+ Conduct tree caused outage investigations in the field, determining cause of outage and documenting findings in written report.

+ Respond to and resolve customer service issues as reported through utility's call center.

+ Investigate and resolve compliance issues identified through internal channels, i.e. customer or client tags/tickets, team member field observation, etc.

+ When work prescribed falls outside routine inspection timeframe, coordinate with appropriate stakeholders to ensure that work request is generated and forwarded to line clearance contractor.

+ At request of Supervisor or Client, contact and meet property owners to explain the trimming and/or removal of vegetation on property, i.e. "refusal customers", property identified as having good "removal candidates"

+ Perform storm, post-fire, and emergency-related response work.

+ Record and maintain accurate records of field data in hand held computer.

+ At the request of the Client and/or ECI management, attend and participate in training, field reviews, meetings, incident investigations, and public events.

+ Follow standardized office procedures, submitting all paperwork in a timely fashion.

+ Accurately prepare documentation associated with vegetation management processes and follow Client directives in regards to program procedures, i.e. removal forms.

+ Assist with Quarterly/Annual mapping updates as directed by ECI or the Client.

+ Pursue customer contacts to prepare work for generation to clearance contractor.

+ Organize and/or archive annual project/circuit folders for accuracy and record retention.

+ Assist with line clearance and vegetation control work request/order compilation as needed.

+ Perform other functions as requested by ECI or the Client.

**WHAT YOU NEED TO HAVE:**

+ 3-5 years of experience in forestry, arboriculture, horticulture or tree-related green industry preferred.

+ Knowledge or practical experience in tree identification.

+ Ability to work safely and independently in remote areas with limited supervision.

+ Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

+ Independent decision making and problem-solving skills.

+ Ability to accurately read maps and judge spatial distances.

**WHAT WOULD BE AMAZING TO HAVE:**

+ Associates or Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Science or related discipline.

+ Utility line clearance or tree trimming experience preferred.

+ ISA Arborist Certification is a plus.

+ Basic GIS knowledge which includes hands on experience with desktop/tablet GIS software a plus.

+ Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to represent ECI and its services in a professional and positive manner.

+ Knowledge of common computer applications and ability to learn new programs.

+ Valid driver's license and safe driving record.

+ Bi-lingual (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.**
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