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Vegetation Program Manager

Employer
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Location
Keswick, California, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 6, 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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Requisition ID# 137733

Job Category: Project / Program Management

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Operations - Other

Job Location: Redding

Position Summary

The Vegetation Program Manager oversees Vegetation Management operations, ensuring electric system safety, reliability and regulatory compliance with state and federal rules. The incumbent may also serve as a subject matter expert and provide guidance and education or influence leaders in the industry (PG&E, other utilities or other decision makers) on regulatory issues and program strategies. Leads team within a specific geographic area of operations, including, direct oversight of inspection and tree contractor personnel. Works with customers and public entities to monitor and manage vegetation proximity to PG&E assets to contribute to system reliability and safety objectives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leads and oversees vegetation management operations and outside contractor work performance in a specific district or division.
  • Works with some guidance to complete assignments and solves moderately complex problems. Participates on and often leads project teams.
  • Communicates with peers, exchanging ideas or gathering information on overall program plan and goals within a specific functional area of operations.
  • Oversees quality assurance final reviews and contract drafts.
  • Partners with leadership across lines of business to support decisions and meet business goals.
  • Assists in implementing and creating new concepts, processes and ideas to drive the success of the vegetation management program.
  • Participates in public hearings, legal proceedings or similar in support of or as the subject matter expert
  • Contributes to the development of budget forecasts and the development of business cases.
  • Reviews funding and purchase orders associated with complex projects for supervisor approval.
  • Delivers on the program implementation plan.
  • Contributes to the implementation and creation of new concepts, processes and ideas to further vegetation management program advancement.
  • Manages multiple programs and projects that support other lines of business.
  • Manages internal quality observations including Quality Assurance, Quality Verification, Work Verification and Vegetation Management inspections.
  • Manages environmental submissions of agency work and acts as a liaison.
  • Manages emergency work, for example, for severe storms, wildfires and power shutoff events.
  • Reports out, provides updates and corrective actions, and holds daily huddles under the Lean Management model.
  • Oversees vegetation management safety investigations and corrective action plans.
  • Develops new and ad-hoc reports, summarizes findings and recommendations


Qualifications

Minimum:

  • Bachelors Degree in job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Job-related experience, 2 years


Desired:

  • ISA-International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Utility Specialist certification
  • ISA-International Society of Arboriculture Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
  • Knowledge of forestry and/or utility vegetation management concepts, methods and techniques.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills. Excellent negotiation and collaboration skill, diplomacy and tact.
  • Good organizational, time management, prioritization and planning skills.
  • Team collaboration skills.
  • Good project and program management skills.
  • Ability to assess and recommend based on strong technical knowledge.
  • Adaptable to changing and evolving business processes
  • Knowledge of current utility and energy industry. issues, trends and political, economic and social issues affecting the program.
  • Ability to work within an environment that is heavily dependent on laws and regulations and knowledge of how to interpret and apply them.
  • Understands the basic organizational structure and how to utilize available resources.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PowerBI etc.) and GIS applications.
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