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Senior Vegetation Management Inspector (Field Observer)

Location: California
Salary: IBEW Union position

Position Summary


This is an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 represented classification, which has over 100 years of experience representing employees at PG&E.  This job is subject to collective bargaining.

Performs direct oversight of vegetation management work conducted on Electric Distribution or Transmission systems. Responsibilities include overseeing field safety, work quality, customer relations, public safety, permit compliance, and contractor performance. Job duties are outlined below.

The Vegetation management inspector-GC is a General Construction position and individuals must be able to travel and transfer to a new headquarters upon request at any time; throughout the entire PG&E service territory with no guarantees as to how long you will be away from home.


This position will be used to fill vacancies in the North Coast, Bay, Central Coast, North Valley, Sierra, Central Valley and Transmission region, and headquarter locations may vary throughout service territory. Potential Locations: Fort Bragg, Fresno, Bakersfield, Benicia, Colusa, Cottonwood, Cupertino, Eureka, Fortuna, Jackson, Lakeport, Oakhurst, Oakland, Placerville, Red Bluff, Redding, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Rafael, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Ukiah, Vallejo, West Sacramento, Willits, Woodland



Job Responsibilities 


•Supports oversight of vegetation projects, including field operations such as tree assessment, tree trimming, and other work as required.

•In field inspections expected to be up to 95% of the time.

•Supports the compliance with vegetation management program scope, contract adherence, and PG&E standards and specifications over the entire PG&E service territory.

•Participates in Contractor safety and tailboard meetings to ensure crews follow Company and regulatory (e.g. OSHA) safety, standards and work procedures. Vegetation Management Inspectors are authorized and expected to suspend Contractor work when necessary.

•Acts as a customer relations representative on behalf of PG&E.

•On site supports the coordination between Contractors, Communities, Agencies, First Responders, and all other PG&E workgroups & stakeholders that may be involved in the successful completion of the vegetation project.

•Liaison to the Contractors to resolve obstacles to the completion of the work in a safe, cost effective, efficient, timely, and productive manner, such as managing time and expenses (T&E) in the field, in order to minimize rework and drive quality.

•Maintains personnel stay focused on the assigned job and the appropriate equipment is used. May approve scheduling and scope changes in the field with PG&E management and Contractors as required.

•Encourages public, contractor, and employee safety on site at all times by promoting positive leadership, positive safety culture, good catches, exhibiting an absolute commitment to safety for self and others, and by ensuring all applicable safety rules, regulations and standards are followed. Performs and documents Safety Observations and Good Catches.

•Ensures compliance with all applicable regulations which may include, but are not limited to: Annual permits, Encroachment permits, Traffic Control Plans, railroad permits, Caltrans permits, and environmental protection measures as documented on Environmental Release to Construction.

•Proficient in electronic devices and documentation proficiency. As assigned, completes electronic and paper-based documentation and reporting.

•Required to maintain a Class C driver’s license.

•Required to participate in the Employer Pull Notice Program (EPN) with DMV.





•Valid Class C Driver’s License with no major incidents

•High School diploma or GED

•Proficient in English

•Ability to obtain OSHA 30-hour construction safety overview with 6 months of start date

•Ability to obtain Certified Tree Safety Professional (CTSP) within 6 months of test eligibility

•Ability to obtain 911 Standby training within one month of start date

•Ability to obtain working knowledge of QA/QC within one month of start date

•Ability to complete computer training (e.g. completion of forms, uploading documents, accessing GIS) within one month of start date


Must meet one of the experience requirements below:

•Five (5) years of experience as a tree crew climber/tree crew foreman with at least two (2)years of line clearance certification OR

•Five (5) years of experience as a Vegetation Management Pre-Inspector and Certified Arborist OR

•Five (5) years of experience as a Registered Professional Forester OR

•Five (5) years of experience as a Utility Inspector or higher classification with at least one (1)year of vegetation management experience OR

•Four (4) years of Military Service with honorable discharge and at least one (1) year additional year of vegetation management inspection experience





•Bilingual in English and Spanish

•To better represent the communities we serve, applicants who live within 50 miles of the headquarter location will be given preference

•Line Clearance certification

•Register Professional Forester certification

•OSHA 30-hour construction safety certification

•Certified Tree Safety Professional certification

•ISA-International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Utility Specialist certification

•PMI-Project Management Institute PMP-Project Management Professional certification

•Knowledge of forestry and/or utility vegetation management concepts, methods and techniques.

•Adaptability to work within a heavily regulated environment.

•Influence and negotiation skills, tact and diplomacy and political acumen to navigate sensitive customer/public issues.

•Good independent organizational, time management, prioritization and planning skills.

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Employer Info

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
, California


  • Utility

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