Distribution Utility Forester

Utilities Service, LLC

Thibodaux, LA 70302

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

We are currently seeking a **Distribution** **Utility Forester** to join our team. We are looking for energetic professionals who enjoy working outdoors and value the freedom of working independently. If you enjoy a fast-paced environment and the challenges of a rewarding profession, consider a career in vegetation management with ECI.

During these uncertain times, you can take pride in knowing you are an **essential** **employee** . Our team members work independently in an outdoor environment and follow all CDC recommended guidelines and company safety protocols relevant to COVID-19.

Some of the most important characteristics of **ECI** **Distribution** **Utility Forester** is that you are open-minded and able to engage in safe, constructive interactions with your team and the public. You are accountable for advancing a culture of safety and excellence while providing quality and value to our customers and clients.


+ Industry competitive pay.

+ Company vehicle with fuel card to take to and from home & work.

+ Medical/Health/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, effective Day 1 for full time team members.

+ 401K eligibility.

+ Paid Holidays, Vacation and Sick Leave.

+ Weekly pay checks and direct deposit.

+ Employee Referral Program (must meet eligibility requirements).

+ Boot and clothing program (company funded).

+ Ongoing training and assistance with obtaining industry certifications.


+ Inspect and assess customer requests for pruning or removals.

+ Secure clear rights-of-way for new line and pole construction.

+ Provide crew/project oversight to assure work completion.

+ Handle customer complaints related to scheduled pruning and/or completed pruning.

+ Audit tree contractor’s work for compliance with utility’s specifications.

+ Provide subject matter expertise with ability to contradict marked trees if necessary.

+ Assist in storm and emergency situations and other miscellaneous line clearance projects.

+ Assist in investigating and recommending future R-O-W maintenance requirements.

+ Operate system forestry computer programs and record systems.

+ Communicate daily with the utility client, contractors, landowners and the general public.

+ Perform duties in a manner that will promote and maintain good public relations.

+ Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


+ Must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, strong problem-solving abilities, the ability to multi-task and an attention to detail.

+ Must be able to work alone, outdoors in various weather conditions and terrain.

+ Must have basic computer skills (Microsoft Office).


+ Bachelor’s or Associates degree in Forestry, Environmental Science or related field preferred.

+ 1-2 years prior experience in Forestry, UVM, Arboriculture or Horticulture a plus.

+ Solid tree identification skills and ability to read maps preferred.

+ Certification as an ISA Arborist is a plus.

+ Prior experience with GIS software/technology a plus.

+ Bi-lingual speaking (English and Spanish) is a plus.


**Working Environment**

Work alone in an outdoor field environment; vehicle and foot patrol of utility power lines; remote locations as well as urban, city environment; physical demands and travel from site to site, including walking/hiking on various surfaces including flat, dry, wet, slippery, uneven, rough, steep terrain, hills, and slopes; exposure to noise, dust, grease, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions. Reasonable accommodations, if available, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


The team member must have sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to walk up to 10 miles per day, stand, sit, and operate a motor vehicle for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, run, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp and make repetitive hand, arm and shoulder movement in the performance of daily duties (e.g., forcefully beat down brush); carry, push and/or pull light to heavy amounts of weight, frequently lift up to 10 lbs. and occasionally lift up to 60 lbs. (sandbags); to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information with public; ability to see and hear in normal range with or without correction; operate assigned field equipment, including handheld computer, range finder, fyrake, water backpack, shovel, and traffic cone.

**Company Overview**

Environmental Consultants (ECI) is a leading provider of vegetation and asset management consulting services to the utility industry. Successful professionals at ECI 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. For more information visit our website www.eci-consulting.com

**Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug test and a criminal background check.**

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

**ECI is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. EOE/AA : Minority/Female/ Vets/ Disabled.**

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