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Duke Energy Vegetation Management Specialist I in Haines City, Florida

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This position is responsible for planning, implementing, documenting, and inspecting the Transmission/ Distribution Vegetation Management Program (D/TVMP) in their respective Transmission/Distribution Maintenance Area/Zone. The vegetation management program includes assessing, planning, re-clearing, documenting, and inspecting the T or D rights-of-way of vegetation to assure the safe and reliable operation of the transmission or distribution grid.

Since the activities are accomplished primarily through the use of contract resources, a significant part of this position’s responsibility involves contractor management and oversight.

With regard to customer service, this position will be required to communicate effectively with property owners, public officials, and other stakeholders regarding various vegetation issues for the electrical system. As a VM Specialist I, this individual will provide technical guidance to internal employees, contract employees, and the public regarding vegetation management. In addition, this position serves as a key technical resource for the Program Managers, System Foresters, T&D Managers, and leadership positions of Duke’s vegetation program.

This position is responsible for implementing program activities to ensure some or all of the following: NERC compliance, Utility Commission compliance, state/local/ordinance regulatory compliance, franchise agreement compliance, and system reliability. This position is also responsible for all compliance documentation related to planning and implementation of the annual VM work plan.

In addition to or in lieu of the roles previously discussed, this position may also be responsible for the Vegetation Management Inspector role, vegetation management activities for substations, clearing rights-of-way for new construction, and/or communications role with public and regulatory entities.

This position has:

  • Financial responsibilities of up to $5M ($10M Indirect),

  • Management responsibility for up to 250 contract personnel indirectly

  • Program or project management responsibilities within position’s area/zone of responsibility

  • Direct impact on high external risks (litigation, Commission issues, environmental regs, public relations, NERC compliance,

  • Direct impact on significant internal risks (financial, org production/drivers, multi-business unit coordination, etc)

  • Compliance responsibility/impact (NERC-FERC/EPA/DWQ/DENR /DOL/NRC/Utility Commission/etc.)

DVMP/TVMP Annual Planning: Develop vegetation management work plan and associated budget for respective T or D Maintenance area/zone in collaboration with other VM Specialists, System Forester, and ROW Manager. Work with System Forester and ROW Manager to assure that work plan is in compliance with Federal and State T&D vegetation management standards and regulatory requirements.

Contract Management: Support and participate in contract development/award process. Monitor performance of contract resources to assure safe work practices, vegetation management procedures/standards adherence, and productivity consistent with Duke Energy expectations. Manage the productivity and performance of contract crews indirectly through contractor management to ensure safe and efficient operation of the crews. Work with ROW Manager to address any discrepancies between contractor performance and Duke policies/procedures and expectations.

Customer Relations (Internal and External): To enhance the level of customer satisfaction with Duke’s VM Program through various communications channels with Duke Energy customers, local governments, local tree boards, industry groups, civic groups, and any other entity that interfaces and affects the success of the program. This position responds to customer and community concerns associated with our VM and herbicide programs and through the development, presentation, and implementation of communication and education activities, promotes understanding and acceptance of the program. Work proactively to avert conflicts with property owners or others who have objections with Duke's VM activities. This may include meeting directly with aggrieved parties or participation in seminars/workshops to educate communities on the need, components, and benefits of the vegetation management program.

Governmental/Community Relations: Works with government agencies, including DOT and Environmental, to ensure compliance with appropriate state and federal regulations and pro-active communications of area vegetation management plans and procedures to community stakeholders.

Work Plans: Manage respective T or D maintenance area vegetation management work plan and budget by monitoring/reporting work plan completion progress, reviewing/approving invoices for contract work, monitoring unit costs, and adjusting work plans and expenditures as necessary.

Inspections/Patrols: Perform regular patrols of T or D rights-of-way to identify issues that would potentially impact the safe and reliable operation of the line. This is to be performed consistent with the relevant Transmission or Distribution procedures. Document all potential NERC compliance related outages.

Financial Management: Manage expenditures within area of responsibility to ensure that budget targets and forecast changes are met. Implement adjustments within area of responsibility to complete necessary work while meeting budget forecasts, including forecast changes.

Substation VM: Manage substation VM work in accordance to contract specification and in compliance with local ordinances and state and federal regulations.

Construction Clearing: Perform activities for construction project clearing in area of responsibility: participating in project planning; participating in project bidding; evaluation of bids; contract oversight; oversight and reporting of erosion and sedimentation control requirements during clearing work; etc.

Basic Requirements

  • B.S. - Forestry, Engineering, or other related technical field and 1-3 years of VM or utility experience working in Distribution and/or Transmission OR A.S. - Forestry, Engineering, or other related technical field and 1-3 years of VM or utility experience working in Distribution and/or Transmission OR 3-10 years of VM or utility experience working in Distribution and/or Transmission in lieu of a degree

  • ISA Arborist or Utility Arborist Certification

  • Pesticide License

  • Valid Driver’s License

Desired Qualifications

  • Utility Arborist Certification

  • Registered Professional Forester

  • PMI© Knowledge & Project related work experience

  • Familiarity with GIS databases and other geo-spatial systems

  • Utility Experience – Working knowledge to proficiency

  • Construction Management knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability to implement vegetation management methods, processes and procedures and train and develop other foresters in the implementation of the same

  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills

  • Demonstrated effective communication and customer relation skills, both verbal and written

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate program effectiveness

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including motivation skills

Specific Requirements

  • Possess working knowledge of how VM affects the safety and reliability of the electrical system

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)No

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Thursday, June 27, 2019

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

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