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Transmission and Distribution Arborist

  • Full Time
  • Tacoma, Wash.
  • Salary: $60.30 per hour
  • Posting End Date: June 30, 2022

Website City of Tacoma

Wage or Salary:
$60.30 per hour

Tacoma Power’s Transmission & Distribution division is creating a civil service list that will be used over the next year to fill Arborist vacancies. In this role you will oversee and coordinate Power’s vegetation management program by ensuring that vegetation near overhead transmission and distribution systems and on Right of Ways (ROWs) are trimmed to Tacoma Power Work practice standards.

Responsibilities Include:

Assist with oversight and support to skilled craft workers in tree trimming, removal of trees and other vegetation that potentially interferes with the operation of electrical equipment
Provide work direction to line clearance crews and staff to assure timely and safe completion of work assignments
Serve as the subject matter expert for FAC-003 requirements; complete required reports for compliance evidence
Educate and inform crews and contractors and ensure that they are following transmission vegetation management program (TVMP) trimming standards
Conduct audits along electrical systems
Track, report, monitor and assign work as needed to maintain compliances with State and Federal guidelines
Compile and enter line clearance data pertaining to line trimming
Update standards to trimming program to increase reliability
Oversee Tacoma Power and contract Line Clearance crews trimming on Tacoma Power property
Create SAP work orders and notifications; dispatches and track orders to completion
Respond to customer requests for tree work
Educate and inform community members on best practices
Develop relationships to partner in the reduction of tree power line and ROW issues
Provide regular reports on line clearance program, progress status and crew activities
Assist with monitoring budget expenditures, equipment needs and projected costs associated with the trimming cycles
Keep supervisor informed on current standards, upcoming changes to vegetation management policies, rules and issues
Bachelor Degree in horticulture, forestry or a closely related field
Five years of experience as an Arborist with experience preferably in utility vegetation management and/or tree trimming with at least two years  of supervisory and/or planning duties.

Valid State of Washington Driver license at time of application with maintenance thereafter. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist at time of application and Utility Specialist Certification prior to the completion of the probationary period with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

Advanced professional knowledge of the utility vegetation management principles and practices
Knowledge and experience with safety regulations and with NERC/FERC/WECC standards related to vegetation management
Exercise considerable independent judgment in making decisions concerning the planning of private and public tree plantings, and the review and approval of private and public tree planting applications
Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy.
Establish good working relationships with others including team building
Work effectively with a variety of agencies and utilities
Demonstrated proficiency and computer experience including Microsoft Office suite and mapping software
Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
Selection Process & Supplemental InformationThis recruitment is being managed by Alissa McLain if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma’s diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma’s entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you’ll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.


Interested individuals should apply online.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental questions scored by subject matter experts. Applicants who pass will be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check and a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and IBEW Local 483. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
Work performed both in an office environment and in the field
Requires periodic travel and site inspection
Requires the ability to work outdoors in all seasonal climates and storm situations: travel, walk and work in rough terrain to inspect power lines for clearance requirements
Meet with customers to resolve arboricultural needs
Ability to read circuit maps
Express verbal and written instructions clearly
Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before 5pm on the closing date.

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