Benefits of Working at OTEC
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Internal Number: 2024.08.02
Exempt : Yes
Type : Full Time
Department : Operations
Location : Baker City, Oregon
Under general supervision performs quality control tasks and inspections/audits associated with vegetation management, pole inspections (safety/joint use) as required by OR PUC, and new construction work and provides data to support corrective actions and to promote continuous improvement of the related department programs.
Bachelor's degree in Vegetation Management, Forestry, or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience (minimum of 5 years of arboriculture-related experience).
ISA Utility Specialist Designation
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
Utility arboriculture-related work experience
Experience utilizing ATVs or similar, to complete audits and surveys, if necessary
Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Knowledge of current vegetation management techniques, best practices, procedures, tree species, growth rates, and applicable herbicides.
Basic knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations applying to vegetation management and electric utility construction
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Perform inspections/audits of post-work vegetation management actions (including pre-inspections and tree pruning/removal) along distribution and transmission system rights-of-way.
Perform inspections/audits to ensure compliance with joint use requests and post work audits of internal facility safety inspections programs.
Perform inspections/audits to ensure compliance with ground line testing programs designated/required by the PUC.
Lead resource implementing unmanned aircraft systems for the benefit of the cooperative as applied technology.
Provide departmental support for all mobile applications and processes.
Communicate to staff information on the work quality and status of programs as assigned.
Provide detailed summaries of inspection/audit or survey findings/exceptions (conditions that are inconsistent with program specifications).
Document findings using the mobile data management software.
Conduct other related inspections or investigations as assigned (e.g., outage reviews).
Assist with reviewing production records, maintenance history, and service interruption (outage) data to support work planning.
Actively participate in professional organizations, to stay abreast of the latest innovations and developments in the industry.
Facilitate and maintain good public relations.
Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Must be able to work alone in outdoor environments year-round, conducting inspections along utility power lines by foot and vehicle in both urban and remote rural locations.
Physical demands include long-distance driving, walking/hiking on various surfaces including flat, dry, wet, slippery, uneven/rugged steep terrain (hills/mountainous areas), while being exposed to outdoor factors including traffic conditions, noise, dust, and all-weather conditions.
Fulfillment of job functions requires physical ability and mobility be able to walk, hike (long distances in various terrains), stand, sit, and operate a motor vehicle for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, run, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; carry, push and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (5 to 50 lbs.); to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information with the public; ability to see and hear in the normal range with or without correction; operate assigned field equipment, including handheld computer, range finder, fire rakes, water backpack, shovel and traffic cones.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Required Education and Experience
ISA Utility Specialist designation or ability to acquire within two years.
Complete FAA part 107 UAS certification within one year.
Ability to gain competency in several utility software programs required to perform daily tasks such as OSI SCADA, Futura GIS, Futura OMS, TWACS, Meridian, Field Pro, CRC Link, radio system, AVL, and others as required.
Ability to work alone outdoors in all types of weather conditions and various terrains.
Experience using mobile data management devices such as tablets to record information or similar experiences.
Overnight travel will be required and will vary based on work area and work task.
Possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license.
Baker City, voted one of Rand McNally’s six most beautiful small towns in America three years in a row. The surrounding area includes unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, biking and skiing. Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort boasts the best powder in Oregon, with an average annual snowfall of 300 inches.
OTEC has a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, life insurance, disability, 401(k), and other valuable benefits.
Please visit our web page at https://www.otec.coop/careers for more information and to view open positions.