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Fire Mitigation Planner

Location: Prescott/Flagstaff, AZ

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Fire Mitigation Planner (Prescott/Flagstaff)

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Date: Jul 11, 2022

Location: FLAGSTAFF, AZ, US, 86004

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.


Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.


Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.  


The Fire Mitigation Planner (Forestry & Special Programs Planner) will provide support to APS Forestry Fire Mitigation crews and job planners so that the division's vegetation management program complies with the department's goals and objectives. Specific to this Planner position are the roles and responsibilities associated with the Fire Mitigation Programs such as Defensible Space Around Poles, Hazard Trees and fuel reduction efforts. As well as response to active wildfire that have a threat to APS infrastructure.  Provide direction, monitor productivity and ensure that arboricultural standards are met in a cost-effective manner compatible with current regulatory constraints.  Keep crews stocked with appropriate tools and supplies.  Evaluate crew performance and conformance with applicable laws, industry standards, environmental regulations, DOT, SPCC, ANSI and OSHA requirements, herbicide product labels and MSDS sheets, APS safety standards, and the APS Vegetation Management Manual. Subject to work hours outside of the normal work schedule and outdoors during inclement weather situations.  Periodically prone to dangers inherent to work sites including exposure to sharp, high-speed rotating equipment, electrical fields, falling and flying debris, difficult terrain, pesticides, and animal, insect, and snake bites.  Involves driving throughout service territory and frequent overnight travel.  Additional duties may include evening and weekend duty.

Minimum Requirements

- Minimum four-year bachelors degree in forestry, arboriculture, biology related field from an accredited college or university AND four (4) years related arboriculture experience. For Planners supporting Fire Mitigation: Of the four years of experience required, at least two years must be in Wildland fire experience. 

- In lieu of bachelors degree, ISA Certified Arborist plus five (5) years arboriculture field experience (of which at least two of those five years of experience is in Wildland fire experience). 

- Driving throughout statewide division territories to various work sites. 
- Working hours outside of the normal work schedule including evening / weekend on call, and overnight travel. 
- Working outdoors during inclement weather or extreme heat or cold situations. 
- Exposure to dangers inherent to work sites including sharp, high-speed rotating equipment, electrical facilities, and infrastructure, falling, and flying debris, difficult terrain, pesticides, insects and wildlife.
- This position requires work to be performed in the field and/or at the work site and is approximately 80% field work, 20% office.

Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications:

For planners supporting Fire Mitigation: NWCG Wildland fire training courses in basic and advanced wildfire management and/or operations, including a minimum of S130/190. 
- ISA Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist certification and/or obtain such certifications within one year of employment and maintain certification. 
- Arizona Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Management Division, Right-of-Way Certified Applicator license and/or obtain such certification within one year of employment and maintain certification.
- Working knowledge of APS policies and procedures, environmental regulations, applicable ANSI and OSHA standards, and DOT regulations.
- Computer experience including Microsoft Office 365 suite.
- Experience communicating effectively across multiple layers of an organization and with geographically distributed field personnel.
- Interpersonal and communication skills, strong problem solving and multi-taking abilities and show attention to detail.
- A strong commitment to environmental stewardship.

Major Accountabilities

1)         With general direction and weekly review, responsible for implementing, recording, organizing and documenting divisional and departmental plans and programs which have a significant impact on the performance of the business unit.

2)         Provide support to overall directives and performance expectations in compliance with the APS Accident Prevention Manual. Assist management in the investigation of personnel injuries, accidents, property damage and any line outages or suspected line outages vegetation contract crews may have caused.

3)         Coordinate the activities and operations of Pre-Inspectors in assigned area to conform to the overall work plan developed with Supervisor.

4)         Investigate requests for trimming or removal of trees and brush; perform identification, inspection and evaluation along utility lines and right of ways.

5)         Address customer concerns related to scheduled trimming/removals and/or completed trimming/removals, including clean up and property damage.

6)         Plan, schedule and release work to contractor crews in accordance with specific discussion and consultation with the Supervisor to determine needs and priorities. Evaluate performance of contract tree trimming crews and conformance to the contract with APS, industry standards and best management practices; applicable federal and state laws; DOT and EPA SPCC regulations; ANSI and OSHA standards; herbicide product labels and MSDS sheets; APS safety standards; and APS Vegetation Management Manual.

7)         Provide technical expertise, instruction, and assistance to field personnel.

8)         Responsible for safety observations and auditing of the contactor for effectiveness, work productivity and quality, safe work practices and compliance with utility specifications, adherence to best management practices and environmental mitigations.

9)         Ensure that all equipment is operating properly, all trucks are scheduled for periodic maintenance and repairs to maintain DOT compliance and stocked as required. Required to make certain that all tools are in working order.

10)        Conduct substation vegetation inspections for pruning, removal and replacement and bare ground herbicide treatment.

11)        Act as liaison for customer (internal/external) interactions, educating and working with utility consumers, tree trimming crews and utility personnel.  Participate in training programs and public education programs by preparing and or public speaking.

12)       Maintain up to date knowledge of technology and regulations through professional reading, attendance at seminars and participation in professional organizations.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Plant/Field Role:
This position requires work to be performed in the field and/or at the work site, due to the nature of work.  

The individual in this position may be based out of the Flagstaff OR Prescott office.  

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