Consumers Energy ASSOCIATE FORESTER II in Grand Rapids|Greenville|Jackson|Norton Shores, Michigan

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Department Summary

This position is within the Forestry Operation department managing forestry clearing activities of LVD, HVD, and gas pipelines across the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. This includes all O&M and capital expenditures associated with this activity utilizing a contract work force in excess of 300 crews.

Job Description/Responsibilities

  • The Associate Forester II is responsible for the planning of forestry work for a wide range of projects to support the delivery of safe and reliable electricity and natural gas.

  • The planning includes the marking of trees based on species and growth characteristics, notifying property owners of the required work, and completing a work plan for the tree crews to follow.

  • Other responsibilities are: addressing customer requests for work and customer concerns for work being performed.

  • The Associate Forester II, on a temporary basis, may supervise 1-3 exempt/non-exempt employees and must work as a team with Engineering, Lines Field Leadership, and Community Services employees to accomplish reliability and communication goals.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry or related field.

  • A Bachelor degree in business or related discipline may be considered if accompanied by extensive applicable experience

  • Typically 1 or more years of experience as an exempt Associate Forester I, for an Associate Forester II (less experience may be required for an Associate Forester I).

  • Must be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

  • Must live or relocate to 30 miles of service territory.

  • Must have a valid state driver’s license.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

  • Must have a willingness to travel as work requires.

The following skills will set you apart from others:

  • ISA Arborist Certification.

  • MDA Commercial Herbicide License Category 6.

  • A strong background in tree identification at all times of the year.

Essential Functions

  • Formulates long and short-range plans to meet objectives of maximizing the protection of the electric distribution system and the natural forest resources.

  • Prepares annual and monthly budgets and administers budgetary controls for area assigned.

  • Participates in analyzing and recommending changes in existing forestry contractors, the forestry organization and in formulating new organizational patterns and roles needed to meet current and future objectives.

  • Reviews and coordinates activities among service foresters and staff to maximize effective use of personnel, funds, and equipment; gives direction in setting and attaining company objectives.

  • Advises and assists management in design and development of systems to evaluate programs.

  • Analyzes feedback received from evaluation systems and directs modification of programs.

  • Inspects various phases of Forestry programs on a periodic basis.

  • Utilizes GPS, GIS, computers, and computer programs to produce desired maps, charts, tables, and reports.

  • Is responsible for the planning of forestry work for a wide range of projects to support the delivery of safe and reliable electricity and natural gas.

  • The planning includes the marking of trees based on species and growth characteristics, notifying property owners of the required work, and completing a work plan for the tree crews to follow.

  • Other responsibilities are: addressing customer requests for work and customer concerns for work being performed.

  • The Associate Forester II, on a temporary basis, may supervise 1-3 exempt/non-exempt employees and must work as a team with Engineering, Lines Field Leadership, and Community Services employees to accomplish reliability and communication goals.

Hours and Travel

The selected candidate(s) are:

  • Required to work 40 hours per week with 90% of the time spent in specific field locations.

  • Expected to respond to emergency work (service restoration after storms) that may require extended work hours and overnight travels.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

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

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

  • Frequently required to navigate rough terrain, step over logs, duck under brush and follow game trails.

  • Frequently required to talk or hear.

  • Frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to twenty-five pounds.

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

  • The noise level on the field site is often loud.

This position will be available in multiple locations across the State of Michigan. Anticipated locations include Grand Rapids, Greenville, Jackson and Norton Shores.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.