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Vegetation Management Inspector

Sierra Forestry Consulting LLC
Oakhurst, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $36 Hourly
  • Full-Time
Job Description
The Vegetation Management Inspector (VMI) will patrol for hazardous trees, perform identification, inspection and evaluation of trees and brush along utility lines.    

The VMI will submit inspection results to clients with recommendations; may plan, direct, and coordinate the activities of assigned tree clearance crews; Discuss and negotiate line-clearance crew access issues; may serve as a liaison between clients, tree crews, and client customers.

The VMI position is covered under International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, all employees in this position are required to join the union. 

This posting will be used for planned positions throughout California.           


  • The VMI must perform circuit patrols in accordance with the annual VM plan, VM patrol standards and processes
  • The VMI shall identify required tree work along the existing PG&E rights-of- way; prescribing tree work to be performed; document inspection done
  • The VMI shall understand the associated scope and ensure their inspection is meeting the appliable standard
  • The VMI will notify property owners/agencies when tree work will occur and obtaining any necessary authorizations from the property owners/agencies to perform the tree work
  • The VMI may act as the VM contact for new business and re-construction work requested by the Energy Delivery organization
  • The VMI may perform work verification inspections verifying applicable inspection and tree work completion and quality
  • The VMI may perform investigation and documentation of tree-related outages and attending outage meetings as requested
  • The VMI may be assigned a variety of VM Tags. When assigned perform tracking, field checking, prescribing of work, and notifying of customers associated with non- routine locations. These locations may come from Electric Corrective (EC/LC) notifications, Gas OCW notifications, Customer Care & Billing (CC&B) Cases, or as assigned. The VMI will need to assist in close out CC&B cases in the field after fielding the case
  • The VMI may support emergency response such as directed by OEC, or level one operations. Such as dispatching tree crews, field checking sites, first responder stand-by agreements
  • The VMI shall independently complete tasks assigned by the supervisor
  • The VMI shall support oversight of vegetation projects, including field operations such as tree assessment, tree trimming, and other work as required
  • The VMI shall participate in Contractor safety and tailboard meetings
  • The VMI shall act as a customer relations representative on behalf of PG&E
  • The VMI shall provide support and 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
  • The VMI shall ensure 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
  • The VMI shall be proficient in electronic devices and documentation proficiency. As assigned, completes electronic and paper- based documentation and reporting

Desired Skills / Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to read and follow maps
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to identify local trees and knowledge of growth rate
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Ability to prioritize and organize paying attention to detail for accuracy 
  • Accountable: accepting personal responsibility 
  • Ability to work additional hours and days

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED AND
  • Required to maintain a Class C driver’s license AND must meet one of the experience levels below

Experience / Education Requirements:

  • One (1) year of related arboricultural experience, OR
  • ISA Certified Arborist, OR
  • 2-year or 4-year college degree in a related field AND
  • Approval by PG&E Representative

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of standing outdoors
  • Prolonged periods walking and hiking outdoors in a variety of terrain 
  • Prolonged periods of sitting and driving 4x4 truck or SUV
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds at times
  • Must be able to bend, lift, stretch, climb and crawl to check equipment and buildings
  • Must be able to perform work in a variety of weather conditions

Must be willing to travel. 

Sierra Forestry Consulting LLC


Oakhurst, CA
93644 USA
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