PPL Corporation Forester in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lead and direct the activities of the region's vegetation management program for both transmission and distribution planned work, capital projects, and storm response.
Provide supervision and direction for the safe and productive performance of a skilled workforce. This includes oversight of bargaining unit line clearance employees and vegetation management contractors to achieve performance objectives and meet safety requirements.
Responsible to ensuring system wide work practices are being followed in accordance with all related specifications, policies, and procedures of the vegetation management program and PPL Electric Utilities. This also includes clearly understanding and implementation of work standards in accordance with federal reliability standards.
Serve as PPL Electric Utilities lead personnel on all customer directed inquiries regarding vegetation management clearing work. This includes negotiating with property owners to balance customer satisfaction with scope completion.
Supervise up to 6 line clearance inspectors and 150+ certified vegetation contractors responsible for the removal, trimming, mowing, herbicide treatment, customer notification and quality assurance of all vegetation management work within a given region.
Research and analyze new methods and procedures for vegetation management including tools, equipment, crew types and herbicides.
Acts as the vegetation management lead within a given region for all related environmental issues or concerns pertaining to clearing and treatment activities.
Responsible for the execution of all vegetation management activities within a given region, which include meeting schedule timelines, achieving quality work scope completion while meeting cost targets.
This position supervises the field activities associated with the coordination and execution of the vegetation management program within a given region. These activities include employee and contractor safety oversight, work scope completion, cost efficiency attainment, reliability standards, and customer service interface, which includes frequent direct contact with the public as the lead vegetation personnel for the company; also could include providing expert testimony on behalf of the company involving litigation. The Forester supervises bargaining unit employees involved in line clearance operations; which needs accurate interpretation of the labor agreement.
Candidates must meet the basic qualifications and pass all required tests or assessments to receive consideration. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.
A.A. - Forestry Science, Agricultural / Environmental degree or B.S./B.A. degree
5 Years of experience in Utilities, Line Clearance, Maintenance, or Construction.
Demonstrated expertise/knowledge of energized and deenergized facilities; knowledge of training and clearances.
Demonstrated ability in prioritizing workload to maximize budget allotments, accounting, customer relations.
Demonstrated experience in leading teams and projects.
Currently possess or have the ability to obtain a PA pesticide license within 6 months of employment in this position.
Valid Driver’s license.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Our company is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity and the strength it brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identify, genetic information, disability status, or any other protected characteristic.
Regular or Temporary:
Project management certification by a recognized organization such as the Project Management Institute.
Familiarity with electric utilities equipment and processes.
Customer interface experience.
Strong written, oral, presentation and organizational skills.
Demonstrated initiative and leadership Skills.
Knowledge in supervising subordinates and dealing with difficult personalities. Dealing with outside contractors and their subordinates. Ability to speak in front of large groups.
Full-time or Part-time:
As one of the largest investor-owned companies in the U.S. utility sector, PPL Corporation delivers on its promises to customers, investors, employees and the communities we serve. Our utilities - Western Power Distribution, Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, and PPL Electric Utilities - provide an outstanding service experience for our customers, consistently ranking among the best in the United States and the United Kingdom. PPL has grown from a company with customers and facilities in one region of Pennsylvania to a diverse energy company with more than 10 million customers in the U.S. and the U.K. PPL provides energy for millions of customers while providing challenging and rewarding careers for thousands of employees around the U.S. and abroad.
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