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Arizona Public Service Forestry & Special Programs Planner in TEMPE, Arizona

Forestry & Special Programs Planner

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Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: TEMPE, AZ, US, 85281

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.

Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.

Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.


The Forestry & Special Programs Planner will provide support to APS Forestry and Special Programs crews and Job Planners so that the division's vegetation management program complies with the department's goals and objectives. Provide direction, monitor productivity and ensure that arboricultural standards are met in a cost-effective manner compatible with current regulatory constraints. Keep crews stocked with appropriate tools and supplies. Evaluate crew performance and conformance with applicable laws, industry standards, environmental regulations, DOT, SPCC, ANSI and OSHA requirements, herbicide product labels and MSDS sheets, APS safety standards, and the APS Vegetation Management Manual. Environmental factors:. Subject to work hours outside of the normal work schedule and outdoors during inclement weather situations. Periodically prone to dangers inherent to work sites including exposure to sharp, high-speed rotating equipment, electrical fields, falling and flying debris, difficult terrain, pesticides, and animal, insect, and snake bites. Involves driving throughout service territory and frequent overnight travel. Additional duties may include evening and weekend duty.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum four-year degree in forestry, arboriculture, horticulture or related field or a Certified Arborist with at least four-year's of field experience in utility arboriculture. Must possess and maintain ISA Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist certifications and/or obtain such certifications within one year of employment. Must possess and earn Arizona State Pesticide Certification categories III and VII and sub-section Right-of-Way. Working knowledge of applicable ANSI and OSHA standards, and DOT regulations. Experience working with organized labor workforce. Computer experience using windows-based programs including CIS, Maximo, TCMS, Farr, MLIS, MS Outlook, Word and Excel. Must have an aptitude for public relations and interpersonal communications. Must demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental stewardship.

Major Accountabilities

1) With general direction and weekly review, responsible for implementing divisional and departmental plans and programs which have a significant impact on the performance of the business unit.

2) Provide support to overall directives and performance expectations in compliance with the company's Accident Prevention Manual and labor contract. Assist the Section Leader in the investigation of personnel injuries, accidents, property damage and any line outages or suspected line outages a crew may have caused.

3) Coordinate the activities and operations of Forestry and Special Programs crews and planners in assigned area to conform to the overall work plan developed by Section Leader.

4) Investigate requests for tree work and address customer complaints.

5) Plan and schedule assigned crews in accordance with specific discussion and consultation with the Section Leader so as to determine actual needs and priorities.

Ensure that assigned crews are properly staffed, trained and licensed.

6) Provide technical expertise, instruction and assistance to field personnel. Responsible for crew effectiveness, work productivity, arboricultural quality and safe work practices.

7) Ensure that all equipment is operating properly, all trucks are scheduled for periodic maintenance and repairs to maintain DOT compliance and stocked as required. Required to make certain that all tools are in working order and that cutting tools are sharpened correctly.

8) Participate in training programs and public education programs by preparing and or public speaking.

9) Maintain up to date knowledge of technology and regulations through professional reading, attendance at seminars and participation in professional organizations.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Plant/Field Role:

This position requires work to be performed in the field and/or at the work site, due to the nature of work.