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Southern Company Utility Arborist in Columbus, Georgia

Utility Arborist


Utility Arborist

Job Summary

The position supports the Columbus Distribution Area.

This includes the Columbus, Manchester, and Americus operating headquarters. The area covers portions of Troup, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Lamar, Upson, Harris, Talbot, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Shley, Macon, Taylor, Macon, Webster, Sumter, and Dooly counties. The office location for the position is Columbus, GA. The successful candidate must live within a reasonably commutable distance to the office in Columbus, GA. Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Job Duties

  • Implementation and management of an integrated vegetation management (IVM) plan across the assigned territory

  • Perform on-going quality control inspections of completed work as well as work in progress to ensure compliance with contract specifications

  • Manage an annual IVM budget to complete the scheduled work plan

  • Manage contractor resource levels to complete funded work plan

  • Manage and coordinate the daily work-plans of multiple contractor resources to ensure work practices are performed safely, productively, and within schedule

  • Establish and maintain relationships with various federal, state, municipal, and local government agencies and departments related to vegetation management.

  • Represent Georgia Power Company to various organizations such as local tree boards, neighborhood associations, professional organizations, company or industry committees, etc.

  • Effectively communicate vegetation maintenance objectives and practices to both internal and external customers

  • Ensure all compliance and regulatory obligations are met

  • Ensure compliance with requirements of FAC-003-4 always

  • Work outside normal business hours in support of emergency restoration efforts is expected

Job Requirements

Education / Experience

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry or related field preferred

  • Must possess, or obtain within industry guidelines, ISA Certified Arborist certification

  • ISA Utility Specialist desired

  • Must possess, or obtain within industry guidelines, appropriate herbicide application license

  • Knowledge of distribution and transmission utility electrical systems desired

  • Familiarity with ANSI Z-133, A-300 standards desired

  • Knowledge of NERC Standard for vegetation management, FAC 003-4, preferred

  • Utility integrated vegetation management experience desired

  • Contractor management experience desired


  • Demonstrate commitment to personal safety and the safety of your team

  • Must be able to meet schedules and critical deadlines

  • Ability to learn basic business skills such as budgeting and finance

  • Able to value and interact with people with different perspectives and backgrounds

  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills highly desired

  • Must be self-motivated and demonstrate ability to work without direct supervision

  • Ability to work with commonly used applications including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Access and Excel. Also, experience with mobile applications and GIS / GPS applications is a plus.

  • Ability to communicate in English and Spanish is a plus

  • Early start and extended work hours will be routine.

  • Ability to perform emergency call-out response and storm restoration support is required

  • State Registered Forester license a plus

  • Must be able to identify the species of local vegetation and their growth characteristics

Behavioral Attributes

  • Safety focused

  • Demonstrate our values: Safety first, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment daily

  • Possesses a questioning attitude

  • Function independently while serving the needs of your team

All candidates are subject to the Georgia Power Company Smoke Free Workplace Policy: You must be free from all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, patch and/or gum), at least six months prior to applying for this position .

Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.25 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Company, Georgia Power, has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of Jan. 1, 2019. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit .

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Job Field: Environmental & Forestry

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-West Georgia-Columbus

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Transmission Maint Center Columbus - 3610 Gentian Blvd (3610COLUMBUS)

3610 Gentian Blvd

Columbus, 31907

Req ID: GPC2007021

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