ECI & Western ECI - San Diego, CA

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A Utility Forester is responsible for identifying and inventorying utility poles for vegetation clearance as required in SDG&E service territory located in National Forests, State Protected Lands, City, County or other governmental lands.

Work independently to pre-inspect utility poles and vegetation in the field to determine number of units to be worked, methods to be used, clearance to be obtained, and priority, as well as other data fields required in the client’s specifications. Pre-inspection data shall be entered on forms or into field data recorders and forwarded as directed by the Supervisor. Clean up problem areas in MDT database. Re-list VMA’s for next cycle. Assist subcontractors in locating poles and vegetation work. Perform all work in accordance with established client and/or company procedures, policies, rules, guidelines and specifications.

Secure signed permission from property owners for removals. If property ownership or boundaries are unclear, provide notification for pruning or secure written permission for removals from all potential property owners.

Investigate and when possible, resolve customer complaints or concerns in a professional manner and review findings with the Supervisor. Maintain direct contact with local electric utility operating personnel as directed by the utility client. Maintain working relationship with all public agencies, including California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), California Department of Forestry (CDF), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) representatives in the assigned area.

Conduct post-audits of completed jobs in the field to ensure compliance with job requirements, prescriptions and approved work standards. Post-audit forms shall be filled out indicating adequacy of completed work. Audit forms are to be forwarded as directed by the Supervisor.

Perform other work as directed by the Supervisor, Western ECI management, or utility client. All duties are to be performed in a professional and timely manner.

Individuals with solid tree identification skills, strong problem solving abilities, an attention to detail, and exceptional public relations/interpersonal skills best meet the challenges of a Utility Forester 1 position.

We prefer candidates with a two or four year degree in a related field, but experience can be substituted in lieu of a degree. Successful professionals at ECI’s Family Of Companies 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.

Certification as an ISA Arborist is a plus.

All candidates must possess a valid driver's license and a good driving record.


0-1 yrs