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Consumers Energy Associate Forester I in Hamilton, Michigan

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities. Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.

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

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to interact with internal and external clients to identify, research and analyze situations to resolve problems

  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills utilizing cold calls, return calls, email, and texts

  • Responsibilities include addressing customer requests for work and customer concerns for work being performed

  • 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

  • The Forestry Communications / Field Support role, 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

    This position will be located at: Hamilton

    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

    Requirements/ Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry OR equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Associate Forester II - Typically 1 or more years of experience as an exempt Associate Forester I

  • Associate Forester I - Less experience may be required

  • 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

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Customer Service / Communications experience

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborist Certification

  • Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Certified Pesticide Applicator Certification

  • A strong background in tree identification during all seasons of the year

    Hours and Travel

    This position requires the individual work 40 hours per week with 90% of time spent in specific field locations.

    Must possess a valid driver’s license. Maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned worksite. Meet travel requirements of the position. Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.

    Physical Demands

    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 the 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.

  • The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.

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

  • The employee must 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 work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:

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

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

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.

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