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Utility Specialist/Arborist

  • Full Time
  • Baker City, Ore.
  • $82,854-$102,037 per year, DOE
  • Posting End Date: March 8, 2024

Website Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative

Wage or Salary:
$82,854-$102,037 per year, DOE

Position Summary

Under general supervision performs quality control tasks and inspections/audits associated with vegetation management, pole inspections (safety/joint use) as required by OR PUC, and new construction work and provides data to support corrective actions and to promote continuous improvement of the related department programs.

Required Education and Experience
·         ISA Utility Specialist designation or ability to acquire within two years.

·         Complete FAA part 107 UAS certification within one year.

·         Ability to gain competency in several utility software programs required to perform daily tasks such as OSI SCADA, Futura GIS, Futura OMS, TWACS, Meridian, Field Pro, CRC Link, radio system, AVL, and others as required.

·         Ability to work alone outdoors in all types of weather conditions and various terrains.

·         Experience using mobile data management devices such as tablets to record information or similar experiences.

·         Overnight travel will be required and will vary based on work area and work task.

·         Possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license.

Preferred Education/Experience
·         Bachelor’s degree in Vegetation Management, Forestry, or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience (minimum of 5 years of arboriculture-related experience).

·         ISA Utility Specialist Designation

·         ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification

·         Utility arboriculture-related work experience

·         Experience utilizing ATVs or similar, to complete audits and surveys, if necessary

·         Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills.

·         Knowledge of current vegetation management techniques, best practices, procedures, tree species, growth rates, and applicable herbicides.

·         Basic knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations applying to vegetation management and electric utility construction

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·         Perform inspections/audits of post-work vegetation management actions (including pre-inspections and tree pruning/removal) along distribution and transmission system rights-of-way.

·         Perform inspections/audits to ensure compliance with joint use requests and post work audits of internal facility safety inspections programs.

·         Perform inspections/audits to ensure compliance with ground line testing programs designated/required by the PUC.

·         Lead resource implementing unmanned aircraft systems for the benefit of the cooperative as applied technology.

·         Provide departmental support for all mobile applications and processes.

·         Communicate to staff information on the work quality and status of programs as assigned.

·         Provide detailed summaries of inspection/audit or survey findings/exceptions (conditions that are inconsistent with program specifications).

·         Document findings using the mobile data management software.

·         Conduct other related inspections or investigations as assigned (e.g., outage reviews).

·         Assist with reviewing production records, maintenance history, and service interruption (outage) data to support work planning.

·         Actively participate in professional organizations, to stay abreast of the latest innovations and developments in the industry.

·         Facilitate and maintain good public relations.

·         Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Working Conditions
·         Must be able to work alone in outdoor environments year-round, conducting inspections along utility power lines by foot and vehicle in both urban and remote rural locations.

·         Physical demands include long-distance driving, walking/hiking on various surfaces including flat, dry, wet, slippery, uneven/rugged steep terrain (hills/mountainous areas), while being exposed to outdoor factors including traffic conditions, noise, dust, and all-weather conditions.

·         Fulfillment of job functions requires physical ability and mobility be able to walk, hike (long distances in various terrains), 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 movement in the performance of daily duties; carry, push and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (5 to 50 lbs.); to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information with the public; ability to see and hear in the normal range with or without correction; operate assigned field equipment, including handheld computer, range finder, fire rakes, water backpack, shovel and traffic cones.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Additional Information:

The OTEC Difference
We're more than an ordinary utility - we are guided by principles that put the needs of our members, employees and communities first. Serving more than 60,000 Oregonians across an expansive, diverse territory takes strength, commitment and teamwork.
At OTEC, we rely on each other, so our members can rely on us.
Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) is headquartered in Eastern Oregon with the Elkhorn Mountains to the west and the Eagle Cap Mountains to the east. Surrounded by national forest lands, the OTEC service territory is known for unlimited recreational opportunities including, skiing, clear lakes and rivers, hiking trails, excellent camping prospects and an 18-hole golf course.

Benefits of Working at OTEC

OTEC employees are dedicated to providing safe, reliable energy and a high level of service excellence to our members. A career at OTEC includes many benefits. We offer our employees work/life balance, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plan options, retirement benefits, continued professional development and training, and more.

Equal Employment Opportunity

OTEC is committed to hiring the best qualified persons to perform the tasks involved in providing high quality service to its members. In fulfilling that commitment, OTEC shall provide equal employment opportunities to all persons seeking employment, and shall see that its hiring practices, working conditions, benefits and privileges of employment, compensation, training, opportunities for advancement (including upgrading and promotion) and transfers and termination of employment (including layoffs and recalls) are such that there is no discrimination as to employees of OTEC because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood or disability.

OTEC is an alcohol and drug-free employer.

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