Supervisor, Forestry, Fire and Resource Management - Flagstaff

  • April 06, 2022 2:13 PM
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    Amie Perea (Administrator)

    Supervisor, Forestry, Fire and Resource Management

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    Date: Mar 23, 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 Supervisor, Forestry, Fire & Resource Management will manage, direct, and implement the company's transmission and distribution corridor maintenance and substation/DER vegetation management programs to ensure circuit reliability, public safety and customer satisfaction in a professional and cost-effective manner.  Assimilate, support and integrate with the company's fire mitigation program.   Manage raptor and wildlife protection and habitat enhancement programs. Provide supervision, direction, instruction, leadership and technical expertise to APS employees, APS crews and outside services.   Ensure departmental compliance with numerous federal regulatory agency laws and internal APS training requirements.  Analyze statistical data.  Develop and prioritize maintenance schedules and coordinate emergency restoration activities.  Collaborate with and gain the cooperation of internal and external customers, IBEW, affected government agencies, and citizens groups.  Prepare detailed contract specifications, field manuals and educational presentations.  Environmental factors:  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 weekends.

    Minimum Requirements

    - BS in forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, or related field
    - Plus two-year's experience in utility arboriculture or related experience typically obtained in areas of transmission and/or distribution. 

    - In lieu of a degree, at least six (6) years combined education and experience in forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, or a related field typically obtained in areas of transmission and/or distribution.  

    - Must possess and maintain ISA Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist certifications and Restricted-Use Pesticide certification in categories III, VII, weed, right-of-way, and wood preservative or obtain such certifications within one year of employment. 

    Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications: Proficient knowledge of APS easements, accounting, procurement, and budgeting systems, internal computer programs and MS software packages. Thorough knowledge of applicable ANSI and OSHA standards, USDA Forest Service and other federal agency regulations, easement law, contract law, specification design, APS Accident Prevention Manual, IBEW labor agreements, and company policies and procedures. Working knowledge of electric transmission and distribution theory, design of electric systems/facilities and hardware components.  Particular emphasis on safety practices associated with working close to energized conductors and within substations.  Ability to interpret detailed prints, circuit maps and diagrams and operate GPS unit.  Good written, oral expression and comprehension skills.  Strong problem identification/ resolution, communication, negotiation, interpersonal, and customer relation skills and the ability to visualize end results of several multi-faceted functions involving integrated tasks.

    Major Accountabilities

    1) With general direction and periodic review, responsible for formulating and implementing divisional and departmental plans and programs which have a significant impact on the performance of the business unit. Decisions and actions have a direct impact on long-term results insofar as reducing O&M costs, community relations, customer satisfaction, system reliability and corporate image.

    2) Provide daily direction and weekly review over the activities of coordinators, job planners and administrative staff. Evaluate employee performance and ensure employees are in compliance with APS safety targets and goals in accordance with the Accident 3) Prevention Manual, IBEW contract, and applicable ANSI, OSHA, and environmental regulations.

    4) Develop and manage a budget in excess of one million dollars and analyze operations to evaluate operations to identify areas of cost reduction, program improvement and employee development. Implement operational changes to ensure that financial targets are met..

    5) Frequently discuss complex, and typically controversial information to ultimately gain cooperation from affected customers and tribal and government officials. Communicate frequently with all levels of internal company management. Discussions usually involve presenting, persuading, and negotiating company policies and procedures.

    6) Resolve complaints and disputes with adversely affected customers, government agencies and internal departments. Negotiate settlements and authorize restitution where appropriate. Investigate claims lodged against the company. Serve as expert witness in litigation disputes. Prepare training programs as well as public education brochures and programs and coordinate and speak at city council meetings, homeowner's associations, and other regulatory agencies.

    7) Resolve complaints and disputes with adversely affected customers, government agencies and internal departments. Negotiate settlements and authorize restitution where appropriate. Investigate claims lodged against the company. Serve as expert witness in litigation disputes. Prepare training programs as well as public education brochures and programs and coordinate and speak at city council meetings, homeowner's associations, and other regulatory agencies.

    8) Prepare detailed project specifications, evaluate bid proposals, and negotiate and award contracts.

    9) Conduct aerial and ground inspections of power line corridors and electric equipment to identify areas of concern and coordinate the appropriate corrective activities with other departments.

    10) Prepare documents, reports, analysis, and presentations and keep abreast of new technologies and regulations through professional reading, attendance at seminars and participation in professional organizations.

    11) Negotiate contracts with municipalities to perform tree services in order to generate revenue for the company.

    12) Implement and manage the department's GIS program including base data and updates.

    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.

    Location-Based Role:
    This position requires employees to work at the (Location), with some flexibility. Flexibility will be determined with the hired employee and leadership.  

    Nearest Major Market: Flagstaff
    Nearest Secondary Market: Sedona
    Job Segment: Sustainability, Transmission Line Supervisor, Nuclear, Energy

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