Utilities Service, LLC Distribution Forestry Specialist in Altoona, Pennsylvania
Distribution Forestry Specialist
We are currently seeking a Distribution Forestry Specialist to join our team. We are looking for an energetic professional who enjoys working outdoors and values the freedom of working independently. In this position candidates can expect to learn project management skills while planning projects and preparing for land clearing activities prior to and during construction. If you enjoy a fast-paced environment and the challenges of a rewarding 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.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Participate in conference calls and meetings to support planning and communication
Talk to landowners, and write reports
Prepare vendors and check work for compliance with Best Management Practices and the utilities Initial Clearing Specifications and maintain healthy business relationships
Manage vendor work for schedule, cost, and progress
Understand permit constraints, schedule work to stay in compliance with Environmental Law, and then maintain compliance and documentation under relevant permits
Daily documentation of work progress with detailed work activity, labor, equipment and materials used onsite
Timely communication with the team and advancement of potential issues
Organize and participate in field reviews of newly cleared ROW with TVM Specialists
Manage all electronic files and control documents associated with projects
Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Two or four-year degree in related discipline is required
In lieu of degree, 6 years of direct, related experience will be considered.
Must have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, strong problem solving and multi-tasking abilities and show attention to detail.
Must be able to work alone, outdoors in various weather conditions and terrain.
Must be proficient with computers and standard business software such as Word and Excel.
Must be proficient with specialized GIS or mapping programs as needed.
Must be able to identify tree species.
A working knowledge of standard forestry field tools will be needed for planning work and documentation.
Certification as an ISA Arborist is a plus.
Being Bi-Lingual (Spanish) is a plus.
Physical Demands & Working Environment
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Employee must be able to maintain attention and concentration for extended periods of time. Reasonable accommodations, if available, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
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
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to walk, 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 movement in the performance of daily duties; carry, push and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (5 to 10 lbs.); 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.
Environmental Consultants, Inc. (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. ECI offers exciting career opportunities with an excellent compensation package and ongoing growth potential.
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.