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Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Mechanized Trimmer Operator I in Ozark, Arkansas

Salary Range

16.65/hr. - 20.81/hr


Mechanized Trimmer Operator I

*$1,500 Sign on Bonus Eligible*

Remote – Location May Vary

Right of Way – Full Time

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future.As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.

A Mechanized Trimmer Operator I isresponsible for the safe operation and maintenance of a mechanized trimmer used to facilitate the adequate right of way clearance for distribution and/or transmission power lines. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and strive to push forward AECI’s mission.


  • Drives/operates ROW vehicles and equipmentas necessary to safely and efficiently complete tasks and projects.

  • Performs daily inspection and maintenance of chainsaws and safety equipment; must be able to safely and efficiently operate chainsaws.

  • Performs right of way clearing duties, to include the following: bucket work, climbing work, ground clearing, cutting, chipping, piling, burning, and other disposal of brush.

  • Safely operates mechanized trimmer to trim trees along right of way. Stop work and notify supervisor in the event of safety hazards.

  • Performs preventative maintenance on equipment and keeps documentation of maintenance performed.

  • Inspects ROW in front of equipment to flag obstacles (i.e. phone pedestals, guy wire, septic tanks/systems, water and gas lines/meters, etc.)

  • Performs traffic control duties around work area as needed

  • Must understand general safety rules and policies and promote good relations with other crew members, patron cooperatives, and the general public.

  • The ability to handle stress and work well with others are essential functions of this position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • In pursuant of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act 593, this position is a designated safety-sensitive position according to AECC/AECI standards and processes.

  • As a condition of employment, this position requires a post – offer, pre-employment Fitness for Duty Exam (

  • At least 3 months experience and/or training.

  • A valid driver's license is required.

  • Able to work in outside or inside working environment, wherein there are potentially hazardous working conditions and life-threatening situations exist (fire, chemical, moving mechanical parts, electrical sources, fumes, airborne particles, heights, dangerous people, etc.).

  • Able to work in extreme heat or cold

  • Able to work in extremely loud areas

  • Able to perform highly repetitive and physical functions

  • Must be able to travel to various locations and stay overnight as required to complete work assignments

  • Must be able to work extra hours when necessary and report to work whenever needed during non-scheduled working periods

  • Training specified in 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(1)(i)(E)

  • CPR and First Aid certification (or ability to obtain within 6 months)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Commercial Applicator Technician

  • Class A or B CDL License

  • Temporary Traffic Control


  • 401(k) Retirement Plan

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • 9 Paid holidays

  • Educational assistance

  • Paid Time Off

  • Short-term disability

  • Long-term disability

  • Free & confidential Employee Assistance Program


Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

Job ID 2021-2365