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Location: Portland, Oregon
Salary: $85,500.00 - $142,500.00 annually

To be considered for this position, please visit and complete job application.

At PGE, our work involves dreaming about, planning for, and realizing a smarter, cleaner, more enduring Oregon neighborhood. Its core to our DNA and we haven’t stopped since we started in 1888. We energize lives, strengthen communities and drive advancements in energy that promote social, economic and environmental progress. We’re always on the lookout for people passionate about leading and being a part of teams that are advancing innovative clean energy solutions that are also affordable and accessible to all.

Manage vegetation in proximity to electrical facilities to promote resiliency of transmission services.


Senior Forester

Location: Wilsonville, OR or Portland, OR


Manage vegetation in proximity to electrical facilities to promote resiliency of transmission services.

Key Job Information

Job Title/Code:       Forester/6275

Grade/Exemption: Grade 7/EX

Career Level: P3


Individuals at this level requires in-depth knowledge and experience. They use best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products or services. They solve complex problems, taking a new perspective using existing solutions.  They work independently, receiving minimal guidance. They act as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Performs safety and contractor performance audits (Quality Assurance/Quality Control)
  • Conducts scoping
  • Work layout(s)
  • Notifies customers and all stakeholders of impending work and helps to manage and review work processes.
  • Analyzes risks and prioritizes jobs according to urgency and location.


  • Plan and coordinate vegetation clearance activities.
  • Prioritizes work in accordance with the company and department strategy.
  • Schedule contracting vegetation crews.
  • Schedules work assignments and contract crews based on manager/supervisor priorities.
  • Helps to organize and maintain tasks and the ability to track progress throughout multiple projects. 

Vendor Management:

  • Ensures contract crew performance meets PGE standards and specifications.
  • Continually analyzes and monitors crew productivity to ensure PGE is receiving benefits for vegetation clearance expenditures relative to statement of work.
  • Reviews and corrects as needed tree pruning practices to ensure conformance to PGE’s vegetation clearance policy.
  • Adapts tree pruning practices as needed to optimize resource use.


  • Advises region engineering with capital job vegetation clearance needs and problems.
  • Represents PGE’s Forestry department to contractors impacted by/impacting company operations.
  • Serves as subject matter expert on projects.
  • Proactively analyzes issues and resolves complex problems in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Works with PGE transmission forester to coordinate herbicide applications in assigned area.


  • Coordinates vegetation clearance with line restoration crews during emergency periods.
  • Collaborates with regional line operations to determine and schedule maintenance and construction vegetation clearance needs.
  • Coordinates vegetation clearance and selective herbicide applications with city, county and state agencies.


  • Reviews new standards, regulations and agreements and analyzes work processes to ensure compliance.
  • Adapts work direction as needed to meet changing standards.


Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree in earth science, horticulture, geology, forestry, natural resources or similar field or equivalent experience.

Experience: Typically five or more years in utility tree trimming, private tree trimming, arborist work, nursery work or related field including vendor management and project management. Preferred: 3-years to 5-years Utility vegetation wildfire experience on Distribution and Transmission circuits. Role requires expertise in developing and implementing vegetation management practices in high-risk fire zones.

Certifications, Licenses and Training: Valid driver’s license and ISA Arborist Certification required. ISA Utility Specialist credential and Valid Oregon State Pesticide Consultant license preferred and required within six months of obtaining position. ISA TRAQ preferred.  

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Expert knowledge of utility forestry processes and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of forestry best practices and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of proper arboriculture pruning practices and herbicide/pesticide applications.
  • Intermediate Knowledge of Pacific Northwest vegetation species, growth rates, insects/disease problems, and failure risk potentials.
  • Thorough knowledge of regulations impacting vegetation management
  • Thorough knowledge of vendor management principles
  • Intermediate skills in critical thinking, including analysis and problem solving
  • Working skills in using database and documentation tools
  • Intermediate decision-making skills
  • Working skills in critical thinking, including analysis, problem solving and prioritization
  • Intermediate Interpersonal Skills
  • Intermediate written and oral communication skills
  • Intermediate presentation skills
  • Intermediate organizational awareness

Physical and Cognitive Demands:

  • Cognitive Level Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).
  • Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines, and time-sensitive tasks
  • Ability to follow accuracy standards
  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks
  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress
  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change
  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback
  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement
  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks
  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, supervisors, managers and others within the organization
  • Demonstrates sound memory
  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


  • Ability to work long hours
  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance
  • Ability to work shift schedule
  • Must be able to serve on call at all times

Physical Capabilities

  • This position requires a valid driver's license and a history of safe driving practices.
  • Daily Driving/travel/commute within the service territory
  • Occasional Overnight inside/outside the service territory
  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)
  • Lifting/pushing/pulling/carrying up to 50 lb
  • Walking on unstable surfaces requiring balance
  • Elevated areas (i.e., catwalks, roofs and high buildings)
  • Walking distances and surfaces (long distances and over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces)
  • Stairs (over 10 steps)

Environment - Indoor/Outdoor: Office, Field


Compensation Range:

$85,500.00 - $142,500.00

In addition, this position is eligible for a performance-based incentive bonus. Actual total compensation is commensurate with experience, skills, and education

PGE believes in rewarding dedicated performance. We provide a total rewards 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. To find out more, click here.


Join us today and power your potential!

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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.

PGE does not discriminate on the basis of disability. We recognize individuals have a variety of abilities to offer and we believe there is much to value and celebrate by incorporating different abilities into the work we do. One very important way we live this out is in our application and interview process. We work hard to support individuals who may need an accommodation to fully participate in these processes. If you feel you may need an accommodation, or would like to request one, please notify the Talent Acquisition Specialist (Recruiter) associated with the job posting. You may also make this request by contacting or by calling 503-464-7250. The Recruiter will provide information and next steps for the accommodation process.  Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) team is also available for support.  You can contact them at






To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date.  Posting closes at midnight (Pacific Time) on the closing date below. If no date is listed, job is open until filled.

Employer Info

121 SW Salmon St
Portland, Oregon 97204


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