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Veg Management Specialist I

Location: Charlotte, NC


Job Summary


This is the intermediate level of the vegetation management (VM) classification hierarchy. Employees at this level have responsibility for contractor management and oversight with general supervision. Incumbents are expected to develop advanced skills and the ability to work with greater independence. They effectively apply fundamental concepts and procedures to work that is fairly complex and varied. Manages IVM programs including multi circuit planned maintenance, system level herbicide applications, reactive customer requested work and hazard tree programs to drive overall program strategy of improved customer reliability and regulatory compliance as applicable


Strategic focus:

  • Manages highly visible, community-sensitive VM projects with support as needed from management and other VM personnel
  • Works with internal engineering and VM personnel to strategically improve system reliability
  • Works with local operation and maintenance personnel to address local system needs being impacted by vegetation.
  • Supports VM organization and regulatory teams as needed to manage customer relations from a state regulatory basis.



  • 15%: 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 manager. Work with system forester and manager to assure that work plan is in compliance with federal and stated T&D vegetation management standards and regulatory requirements.
  • 25%: Contract management: monitor the performance of contract resources to assure safe work practices, vegetation management procedures/standards adherence, and productivity consistent with Duke Energy expectations. Lead role for area VM crews during emergency storm operations. Works independently on complex issues, applying advanced knowledge and problem solving skills to wide-ranging issues. Integrates industry knowledge related to data into everyday business practices and decision making. Provides direction and guidance to lesser qualified VMPMs and various contractors. VM project execution; execute VM projects according to plan within scope, schedule, cost, and specification(s) including objectives, stakeholder engagement, project constraints, internal and external communication, local resource plan, risk plan, quality plan, safety plan, environmental plan, integration with other projects and VM project close out.
  • 15%: Customer relations (internal and external): this position responds to customer and community concerns associated with our VM and herbicide programs. Responsible for the development of communication plans with key stakeholders associated with VM projects.
  • 5%: 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.
  • 10%: Work plans: monitor respective Transmission or Distribution maintenance area vegetation management work plan and budget by inspecting/reporting work plan completion progress, reviewing/approving invoices for contractor work, monitoring unit costs, and adjusting work plans and expenditures as necessary.
  • 10%: Inspections/patrols: perform regular patrols of Transmission or Distribution rights-of-way to identify issues that would potentially impact the safe and reliable operation of the line.
  • 10%: Financial management: manage expenditures within area of responsibility to ensure that budget target and forecast changes are met. Implement adjustments within area of responsibility to complete necessary work while meeting budget forecasts, including forecast changes.
  • 5%: Construction clearing: perform activities for construction project clearing in area of responsibility: contract oversight and reporting of erosion and sedimentation control requirements during clearing work.

Required/Basic Qualifications


The following required education & experience can be interchangeably accepted:

  • Bachelor's degree in forestry or other related technical field AND one (1) year minimum of electrical or vegetation management experience OR
  • Associate's degree in forestry, engineering or other related technical field AND three (3) years minimum of electrical or vegetation management experience.
  • In lieu of degree, high school diploma AND 3+ years of vegetation management or utility experience working in distribution and/or transmission
  • Pesticide License
  • ISA Arborist or Utility Arborist Certification


Desired Qualifications

  • Utility Arborist Certification
  • Registered Professional Forester
  • Certified GIS Professional
  • Project Management Professional
  • 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
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated effective communication and customer relations skills both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate program effectiveness.


Working Conditions

  • Hybrid Mobility Classification - Work will be performed from both remote and onsite locations after the onboarding period. However, hybrid employees should live within a reasonable commute to a Duke Energy facility.
  • Valid driver's license






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Posting Expiration Date

Thursday, January 20, 2022


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


Please note that you must meet the eligibility requirements in order to apply to job opportunities posted on the internal job board.


Additionally, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications to be considered for this position.


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