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Forestry Specialist


Brecksville, OH, US, 44141

Job Function:  Forestry
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  40505



FirstEnergy at a Glance


We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.


FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of 3,780 megawatts.


About the Opportunity


This is an open position with Cleveland Electric Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.  [OEPP]


This role can be filled in any Cleveland Electric Company service territory.


This job is responsible for the forestry work for the Distribution and Sub-transmission functions of the Company.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Demonstrates and directs a solid commitment to all aspects of safety.
  • Plans, monitors, inspects and enforces the terms and conditions of contracts for the performance of operating maintenance, new construction and storm restoration activities provided by qualified contractors.
  • Coordinates the activities of the region's vegetation management program for both sub-transmission and distribution planned work, capital projects, and storm response.
  • Provides supervision and direction for the safe and productive performance of a skilled workforce. This includes oversight of bargaining unit line clearance employees and vegetation management contractors to achieve performance objectives and meet safety requirements.
  • Ensures system wide work practices are followed in accordance with all related specifications, policies, and procedures of the vegetation management program.  This includes clearly understanding and implementing work standards in accordance with state and federal reliability standards.
  • Serves as lead personnel on all customer directed inquiries regarding vegetation management clearing work, including negotiating with property owners to balance customer satisfaction with scope completion.
    Researches and analyzes new methods and procedures for vegetation management including tools, equipment, crew types and herbicides.
  • Acts as the vegetation management lead within a given region for all concerns pertaining to vegetation clearing and treatment activities.
  • Executes all vegetation management activities within a given region, including maintenance and new business, by meeting scheduled timelines and achieving quality work scope completion while meeting cost targets.
  • Inspects tree-caused outages and investigates outage to determine cause and conditions.  Schedules contractor follow-up work as necessary.
  • Monitors company-owned properties for weed growth and schedules contractor follow-up work as necessary.
  • Supports ESSS program by monitoring, investigating and developing remedies for forestry conditions.
  • Responds to helicopter patrol condition abatement notifications, schedules contractor follow-up work as necessary, and promptly communicates completion to Transmission group.
  • Efficiently manages time and priorities, and updates management on work in progress, backlog of work, and any other applicable status updates. 
  • Support storm restoration activities as required.



Qualifications include:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Forestry Science or related discipline (agriculture or environmental), or Associate’s degree in Forestry Science or related discipline (agriculture or environmental) along with 4 years of related job experience, or High School Diploma (or GED) along with 6-7 years related work experience.  Related work experience is utility vegetation or right of way management.  International society of arboriculture, Certified Arborist / utility specialist preferred.
  • Must have strong background in urban forestry, plant identification, and hazard tree knowledge.  Demonstrated knowledge in herbicide application techniques, tree identification and growth rates, computer application programming, and line construction.
  • Must be able to interpret drawings and have a working knowledge of electrical systems.
  • Must understand the National Electrical Safety Code as it applies to vegetation management
  • Must understand the American National Standards Institute – ANSI Z133.1 – Arboricultural Operations – Safety Requirements
  • Must understand the American National Standards Institute – ANSI A300 Part 1 - Tree Care Operations – Tree, Shrub and Other Woody Plant Maintenance – Standard Practice - Pruning
  • Must understand the OSHA Safety Standard 29 CFR Part 1910.269 as it applies to all tree pruning and removal personnel who may work near electrical conductors
  • Skill in the development, collection, organization, and analysis of information from a variety of sources to develop reports.
  • Must possess superior analytical skills and be able to effectively work with forestry and management personnel, along with interfacing and working cooperatively with customers, contractors and the general public, in a professional and courteous manner.  Must have strong relationships at all levels.
  • Must have full proficiency with PC software applications including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.), and Lotus Notes, along with knowledge of SAP, CREWS, PowerOn Remote Dispatch (PORD), and Global Infrastructure Systems (GIS). 
  • Must understand the Company’s Accident Prevention Handbook and apply this to safety in the workplace.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work independently or in a team environment, to manage, organize and prioritize work and ultimately meet strict deadlines.
  • Must be self self-motivated and able to multi-task with competing priorities, provide both internal and external quality customer service, and demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to operate in a team or consensus decision-making environment, possessing the ability to make quick assessment and deliver well-thought decisions when situations arise that require independent judgment.
  • Must possess leadership qualities that allow one to provide effective guidance to others, coach others in effective decision-making and facilitate meetings. 
  • Must have reliable transportation to commute to various facilities and locations as required, possessing a valid driver’s license.




Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

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