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Duke Energy Vegetation Management Specialist II in Bloomington, Indiana

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This position is responsible for planning, implementing, documenting, and inspecting the Transmission/ Distribution Vegetation Management Program (D/TVMP) in their respective Transmission/Distribution Maintenance Area/Zone. The vegetation management program includes assessing, planning, re-clearing, documenting, and inspecting the T or D rights-of-way of vegetation to assure the safe and reliable operation of the transmission or distribution grids.

Since the activities are accomplished primarily through the use of contract resources, a significant part of this position’s responsibility involves contractor management and oversight.

With regard to customer service, this position will be required to communicate effectively with property owners, public officials, and other stakeholders regarding various vegetation issues for the electrical system. As a VM Specialist II, this individual will provide technical guidance to internal employees, contract employees, and the public regarding vegetation management. In addition, this position serves as a key technical resource for the Program Managers, System Foresters, T&D Managers, and leadership positions of Duke’s vegetation program.

This position is responsible for implementing program activities to ensure some or all of the following: NERC compliance, Utility Commission compliance, state/local/ordinance regulatory compliance, franchise agreement compliance, and system reliability. This position is also responsible for all compliance documentation related to planning and implementation of the annual plan.

In addition to or in lieu of the roles previously discussed, this position may also be responsible for vegetation management activities for substations, Vegetation Management Inspector role, clearing rights-of-way for new construction, and/or communications role with public and regulatory entities.

This position has:

  • Financial responsibilities of up to $10M ($20M Indirect),

  • Management responsibility for up to 1,000 contract personnel indirectly

  • Program or project management responsibilities within position’s area/zone of responsibility

  • Direct impact on high external risks (litigation, Commission issues, environmental regs, public relations, NERC compliance,

  • Direct impact on significant internal risks (financial, org production/drivers, multi-business unit coordination, etc)

  • Compliance responsibility/impact (NERC-FERC/EPA/DOL/NRC/Utility Commission/etc)

Basic/Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Engineering, or other technical and 5 years of relevant work experience, or an Associates degree in Forestry, Engineering, or other technical and + 7 years, or a High School diploma/GED and 10 years of related work experience.

  • Pesticide Applicator License

  • Certified Arborist

  • Valid Driver's License

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Arborist Utility Specialist and/or Certified Forester

  • Possess working knowledge of how VM affects the safety and reliability of the electrical system.

  • Demonstrated experience extracting and interpreting vegetation management data.

  • PMI© Knowledge & Project related work experience

  • Familiarity with GIS databases and other geo-spatial systems

  • Utility Experience – Working knowledge to proficiency

  • Construction Management knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability to implement vegetation management methods, processes and procedures and train and develop other foresters in the implementation of the same

  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills

  • Demonstrated effective communication and customer relation skills, both verbal and written

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate program effectiveness

  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including motivation skills

  • Demonstrated excellent negotiating and conflict management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to deal with highly stressful situations

  • Demonstrated ability to deal with multi-levels within an organization

  • Demonstrated ability to get work done through use of contractors.

  • Demonstrated computer skills in working with word processing, PowerPoint and spreadsheet application in a Windows environment.

  • Possesses previous supervisory experience

  • Recognition by industry associates as an industry expert

  • Possesses previous experience managing a contract employee workforce

  • This individual must possess excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to effectively interface with customers, property owners, governmental officials, regulatory officials, and contractors. Must possess analytical skills to ensure superior performance of contractors by developing performance measurement/assessment tools. Must be technically competent in various forestry/vegetation and project management techniques. Must have a demonstrated ability to lead others in day-to-day activities as well as complex team projects.

Specific Requirements

  • ISO Arborist or Utility Arborist Certification for at least 3 years

  • Pesticide License

  • Valid Driver's License:

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)No

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Friday, January 29, 2021

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

Regardless of your skill set or specific interest, we're looking for the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our people make us great - and we're always looking for more. Find your career path today at Duke Energy, where it's more than a career - it's a chance to make a difference in people's lives.

Duke Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the laws set forth in the Department of Labor EEO Poster ( and Supplement ( .