Responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for the ongoing management of vegetation along power lines, in rights of ways and around associated electrical facilities. Effective plans shall be designed so as to protect electric assets, prevent outages due to line contact by vegetation, be cost effective, provide for timely communication to all stakeholders, foster good relationships with landowners, and provide for ease of ingress and egress to electrical facilities by service and maintenance crews all while continuously remaining focused on the Cooperative’s Mission and Vision Statements and the promotion of the Cooperative Guiding Principles.
Develops a comprehensive plan for the ongoing management of vegetation along power lines, in right-of-ways, around associated electrical facilities, substations, and facility access roads in order to improve distribution system reliability.
Maintains detailed records and prepares timely reports to apprise management and applicable government entities of progress and methods used to manage vegetation. Collaborates with other work units to establish and adjust priorities for vegetation management.
Develops bid specifications for contract crews, evaluates responses, and makes recommendations for vendor selection for vegetation management. Monitors selected contractor(s) to ensure contract compliance and accuracy of reporting on work performed, resources utilized in performance of contract terms, and invoicing/billing functions.
Supervises the workload and coordinates the tree trimming and mowing work for the right-of-way crews.
Prepares annual budget that ensures adequate funding for the resources necessary to conduct clearing operations in order to stay current with long-term vegetation management plans.
Works with mapping staff to fully integrate vegetation management data with the GIS so that completed efforts and future plans are readily available.
Identifies opportunities for process improvements both within the vegetation management area and cross-departmentally and works to implement them in order to realize cost savings and improved customer service and interaction among contractors and LREMC.
Presents a favorable image of the LREMC, its employees and programs in all member and public contacts.
Analyzes and evaluates daily service orders to ensure efficiency in quality of work and priority scheduling.
Develops and maintains a high level of productivity, morale and safe working practices among employees.
Enforces, instructs and encourages safe working practices.
Associate’s degree in forestry, arboriculture or related field and five years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree in forestry, arboriculture or related field and one years’ experience required.
Five years of supervisory and or planning experience in vegetation management preferred.
Broad knowledge and experience in vegetation management best practices, environmental issues and government laws, regulations and reporting requirements.
Must be able to organize work to meet deadlines.
Should be able to work independently under pressure.
Must be able to motivate and evaluate assigned personnel.
Excellent computer skills; specifically Microsoft Office, Excel is a must.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
A valid driver's license is required.
Working Conditions / Physical & Emotional Demands:
Subject to call 24 hours per day, including weekends and holidays.
Subject to work in all kinds of weather.
Subject to contact with unfriendly animals and irate consumers.
Applicants chosen will be subject to medical examination, drug screen, and criminal background check.
Reports to: Manager of Maintenance Services and keeps him/her informed concerning work in progress and completed, and consults concerning problems which hinder efficient completion of the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Directs: ROW crew members and or contractors as assigned.
Advises assists and informs LREMC personnel in order to effectively fulfill the duties and responsibilities of this position.
Maintains friendly, cooperative relationships with members in the performance of duties and responsibilities.
Maintains friendly, cooperative relationships with the general public in the performance of duties and responsibilities.
The activities of this position require frequent standing, walking for distances exceeding two miles, stooping, reaching and grasping depending on the task being accomplished.
Position also requires kneeling, twisting and crawling.
The position may require lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling weights in excess of 50 lbs. with assistance.
Must possess the ability to listen and communicate orally.
The duties of the position are primarily performed outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions for extended periods of time.
On an average day, the employee will be standing 30% of the time, walking 20% of the time, and sitting 50% of the time.
There will be continuous need for meeting deadlines in this position.
Occasionally there may be irate customers and may have to take complaints from both internal and external customers.
Individual must possess and maintain the mental and physical competencies necessary to perform the duties of the position.
This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive.
The responsibilities and duties specified in this job description and the information contained in the accompanying position specifications are intended to generally reflect the nature of the position.
The responsibilities, duties, tasks, and reporting relationships may change from time to time either temporarily or ongoing based on the needs of the employer.
The individual is expected to work extended and/or irregular hours if necessary as assigned.
The position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
Note: Individual must possess and maintain the mental and physical competencies necessary to perform the duties of the position.
Internal Number: 42-008-19
About Lumbee River EMC
Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation is a not for profit electric utility owned by the more than 60,000 members that we serve in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland counties. We currently serve more than 61,000 accounts, over 77,000 power poles, spanning more than 5,600 miles across those four eastern North Carolina counties.