Utility Forestry Technician / Vegetation Management Planner

Davey Resource Group - Edmonton, AB (30+ days ago)

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Company: Davey Resource Group

Position: Utility Vegetation Management Planner / Utility Forestry Technician

Location: Travel and frequent stay in hotels a requirement

Job Segment: Forestry, Vegetation Management, Arboriculture, Utility, Environmental, Ecology, Consulting, Operational Planning

Employment Type: Full-time (40-60+ hours/week), shift work (10-4, 15-6), with opportunities for overtime

Anticipated Start: July - September, 2020

The Davey Tree Expert Company is the largest residential tree care company and one of the 20 largest employee-owned companies in North America. With over 10,500 employees, Davey offers unmatched opportunities of growth for motivated individuals looking to excel their career in any area of the green industry. Davey Resource Group (DRG) is the consulting service line to Davey Tree and our 1,200+ professionals provide a full range of environmental, urban forestry, arboriculture, vegetation management and utility asset management consulting solutions to various markets across North America. Davey Resource Group has multiple immediate opportunities for Utility Vegetation Management Planners / Utility Forestry Technicians, responsible for a comprehensive range of right-of-way vegetation and forestry projects across Canada. The Planners will work directly alongside a rapidly expanding team of leading vegetation management and utility asset consulting professionals that will provide guidance and coaching to establish and accelerate your career.

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Utility Vegetation Management Planners / Utility Forestry Technicians will conduct various field vegetation assessments around distribution and transmission circuits to create vegetation management prescriptions and schedules for tree clearing, mechanical vegetation control, herbicide application and danger tree removals with the intent of increasing utility system reliability and vegetation program cost effectiveness. The Planners will compile the assessment information and plans into various computer devices and GIS systems for execution by vegetation control operations. The Planner is also responsible for pre-operation coordination activity including but not limited to permitting, liaising with governmental agencies, clients and contractors, negotiations, and notifying property owners of planned work. Following planning activities, activities may include auditing, inspections and compliance measurements for completed vegetation management operations to client specification, developed work plan, industry best practices and governmental requirements to verify quality and aligned operational work. The candidate must possess a high degree of responsibility, professionalism, value for safety and innate ability for customer service, public communication and problem solving to satisfy our clients and their services. It is expected that the selected candidate is a leading performer that will meet operational and sales qualitative targets, have a desire for on-going industry learning and research as well as continuously increase process efficiencies, organization and brand reputation.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Education in forestry, forest conservation, arboriculture, ecology, horticulture, environmental science, environmental management, natural resources or related field. University degree preferred or a combination of College diploma in conjunction with forestry work experience.
  • 2-5 year’s working experience ideal in the arboriculture, vegetation management, forestry, utility line clearing or related industry preferred. Must have previous utility vegetation consenting/planning experience.
  • ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Tree Trimmer (UTT), Utility Tree Worker (UTW), Certified Utility Arborist (CUA, UA) or similar accreditation.
  • Further qualifications such as ISA Utility Specialist, Utility Arborist, Registered Professional Forester (RPF), Registered Professional Forestry Technician (RPFT), Pesticide Applicator Licenses, Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor or similar are considered assets.
  • Experience and strong understanding of right-of-way vegetation management, utility line clearing programs, mechanical and herbicide treatment and associated operational equipment in relation to tree trimming and pruning, mechanical brush control, herbicide application, right-of-way widening, danger/hazard tree identification.
  • Comprehensive ability to identify vegetation, tree species, noxious weeds, danger trees and knowledge of plant growth rates.
  • Basic understanding of transmission and distribution of hydroelectric power systems, utility network mapping
  • Strong working knowledge of various hardware, software and technical equipment including Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), tablets, computers, GPS etc. Working knowledge of GIS applications considered a strong asset.
  • Ability to work independently, with little supervision, outside, in all weather conditions and terrain.
  • Valid First Aid, driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to travel throughout Canada for extended periods when required.

Davey Resource Group offers rewarding compensation opportunities, full benefit packages, RRSP contribution and numerous additional remuneration and group incentives such as the employee stock purchasing program. The Davey Tree Expert Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume with attention to Wayne Ortiz, Manager, Utility and Vegetation Management.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $50,000.00-$80,000.00 per year


  • Company Car
  • Dental Care
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • RRSP Match
  • Vision Care


  • 10 Hour Shift
  • 12 Hour Shift
  • 8 Hour Shift
  • Day shift
  • Overtime
  • Weekends