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Portland General Electric Associate Forester in Hillsboro, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!


PGE’s Vegetation Management program shall be a progressive and radical example of operational excellence. Our actions stem from a central idea; Synergy . We are a team that rallies around success, shares accountability, seizes opportunity, and embraces stewardship. Across all departments and work groups, we honor the inherent value of each employee and leverage our collective strengths and opportunities. We engage in constructive ideological debate and hold fast to discover outcomes that align with corporate strategy and our core values.

The Associate Forester position is key in ensuring safe and productive management of customer funded vegetation control practices. Successful candidates are skilled at vegetation control methods, tree risk assessment and integrated vegetation management practices. Associate foresters will scope work, set priorities, and seek out improvements while holding contractors accountable to PGE’s expectations. As PGE vegetation management representatives, you will provide utility expertise for tree crews, respond to customer concerns, build municipal contacts, and engage with internal stakeholders.


  • Perform Safety and QA/QC audits

  • Help set work priorities across a geographic region

  • Detailed work layout and notes, identify areas of focus and proactively engage with customer, municipality, and internal customer concerns

  • Ensure compliance to PGE specifications through formal QA/QC process

  • Weekly data entry and billing audits

  • Respond to and dispatch storm work and investigate vegetation caused outages

  • Extensive field time and project management skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2-year degree (4 year preferred) in forestry, natural resources, horticulture, or related earth sciences field

  • Typically, two or more years in related forestry or arboriculture job field including vendor and project management

  • Valid Oregon driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

  • Licensed International Society of Arborist (within 6 months of hire)

  • Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultants License (within 6 months of hire)

  • Familiar with Oregon tree ID and growth characteristics

  • Direct and provide guidance on proper application of licensed herbicides

  • Utility hardware and basic electric grid operations

  • Ability to hike and traverse rough terrain safely over long distances

  • Intermediate knowledge of utility forestry best practices

  • Project management skills

  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems

  • Ability to operate independently with minimal guidance

  • Basic Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, ArcGIS, Collector programs experience

  • Working knowledge of Vegetation LiDAR information

  • Ability to work long hours, often during severe inclement weather

  • Ability to work on call shifts

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

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This job posting will close at 12:01 am Pacific Time on the closing date listed below:


At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.