Website New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Utility Arborist

OUR ORGANIZATION:

NHEC is the second largest electric utility in New Hampshire, providing service to consumers and businesses in 115 communities throughout the state.  As a member-owned cooperative, serving our members is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.

The electric utility industry is currently undergoing enormous change as consumers look for new ways to manage energy costs through distributed energy resources such as solar arrays, battery storage, energy efficiency, and the use of electro-technologies like heat pumps and electric vehicles in place of fossil fuel powered technologies.  These changes present new challenges and opportunities to find ways to meet our members’ evolving expectations and make this an exciting time to work in the electric utility industry. In June 2017, we completed a five-year strategic plan, identifying four areas of strategic focus with actionable goals within those areas.

  • Transformation of our Business Model to prepare for the widespread adoption of distributed energy resources by our members.
  • Adoption of a Voice of the Member platform to help us better understand and meet our member’s needs and expectations.
  • A focus on enhancing our Organizational Effectiveness by transforming NHEC into an organization that is innovative, nimble, and able to respond more rapidly to the changing needs of our members and the way they lead their lives.
  • Ensuring NHEC’s ongoing Financial Stability through development of a revenue model and associated rates and charges that better reflect the way our members will use our distribution system as they increasingly play a role in managing the energy resources that serve them.                                                                                                                                                         

To help meet the goals in the strategic plan we identified three key drivers that describe the kind of organization we want to be:

  • Member WOW! Our members are wowed by the service we provide.  Every interaction between a member and NHEC is deeply satisfying because we keep it simple, personalized and seamless so that the member feels their need is completely understood by us and, whenever possible, completely resolved with a philosophy of one and done.
  • Learning Organization. Our employees feel energized and excited by the possibilities and opportunities presented by these industry changes.  They are curious, feel empowered to experiment, work collaboratively, and share their knowledge and experience as they work to solve new problems, meet new challenges, and serve changing member needs.
  • Strategic Partnerships. We develop strategic partnerships that are central to our ability to achieve our vision by giving us capabilities and resources we do not have ourselves.  Our strategic partnerships open up opportunities to deliver value for our members that would have been unavailable on our own.  We clearly convey to our partner our vision of what we believe success looks like, and our partner is open with us about how they will help us achieve that vision and the challenges that will need to be met to get there.

Headquartered in Plymouth, New Hampshire, NHEC currently has 200+ employees.  There is much to be proud of in our existing organization, and a genuine enthusiasm for what the future holds.  It is an environment in which individual leadership and initiative are highly valued and encouraged, and success is viewed as a shared accomplishment to be celebrated by all.  Ensuring our members have the energy they need, the information they want, and a partner they can trust is what makes us different. 

The Position

Reporting to the Vegetation Management Supervisor, this position will be responsible for managing and maintaining a right-of-way maintenance program, specifying effective and efficient right-of way practices, to insure uninterrupted electrical service to the membership, and to provide access to the electric line for improvements, repair, patrolling, inspections or any other needs.

  • Minimizes service interruptions by assisting in developing clearing standards, administer clearing for new services and relocations and maintain existing right-of-ways.
  • Ensures a safe and cost effective distribution system by carrying out contract crew assignments based on annual maintenance and work plan priorities, conducting inspections and comparing work to specifications, Construction and system improvement schedules and work orders, and by monitoring the use of contract crews to maximize productivity. Recommends changes in assignments and schedules as required.  Ensures contractors are in compliance with NHEC specifications and supervises all field activity in the assigned areas.
  • Maintains substations and pole yards by using mechanical and herbicide applications for worker and public safety and member service reliability.
  • Responsible for representing NHEC at the scenic road hearings in the towns of coverage. (Should be familiar with the scenic road RSA in the state of NH.)
  • Maintains effective relationships with the member, public and governmental bodies by responding to requests for clearing information and addressing clearing concerns in a timely and caring manner.
  • Ensures compliance with safety rules and procedures by evaluating and monitoring the performance of right-of-way contractors to see that their equipment and performance is in accordance with Safety Rules and practices of OSHA and Right-of-Way standards. Takes correction action if necessary and has authority to dismiss a contractor for failure to bring work performance in line with acceptable standards.
  • Facilitates contact between municipalities and contractors performing right of way maintenance.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and administration of our Vegetation Management program.
  • Supports strategic goals of NHEC by assisting in developing, reporting on, and achieving Balanced Scorecard objectives.
  • Supports the cultural goals of the NHEC by exhibiting self-leadership, developing and maintaining effective working relationships, having a results orientation, being innovative and seeking feedback.
  • Supports financial goals of the NHEC by reviewing expenditures of the right-of-way budget monthly and to recommend corrective action for commitments of money, use of labor, materials and equipment.
  • Increases professional and technical knowledge by attending educational classes, reading professional magazines, and participating in professional societies.
  • Performs other duties as directed or required.

The Person

  • First and foremost, someone who will be energized and excited about NHEC’s mission and will thrive with the opportunity to enhance an already great organization.
  • An inquisitive, open mind – someone who is interested in finding creative solutions and new ways to support the organization.
  • Technical degree in Forestry or Environmental Science or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Forestry or related field is required. Four year degree preferred.  Should have or be able to acquire within one year a N.H. Supervisory Pesticide Applicators License.  Must be ISA certified arborist or of equal certification.
  • Three years’ experience in right-of-way maintenance clearing with a utility in a construction/operations area is preferred. Must maintain a current driver’s license.
  • Must have skills to assist in the activities of the right-of-way clearing section; including budgeting, scheduling of day-to-day assignments, contract services, and developing competitive terms and conditions for bid specifications and contracts. Must have proficient math skills for performing calculations in field and office applications.
  • Must be able to work effectively and have the ability to read and understand construction drawings, maps, chemical formulations, and instruction manuals for use of cutting and chemicals. Familiar with GIS mapping.  Should be skilled in areas of verbal and written communications with NHEC membership and contractors.  Should acquire and maintain a working knowledge of easements and permits along with all state, federal, and local regulations and guidelines pertaining to Vegetation Management.
  • Individual will be exposed to a wide variety of working conditions, which range from office work to outside inspections of right-of-way throughout NHEC system. Travel is required in the responsibilities and representation of NHEC at various professional and association meetings. Overtime is also required especially during severe storm related conditions, and when seasonal workloads become great.
  • Must enjoy working outdoors and be able to work in various weather conditions.
  • Assistance with power restoration efforts is required of all employees. It may be required during regular business hours that employees will be assigned functions to support power restoration and for some employees that may be different from their normal duties. In addition, such assistance may require working nights, weekends and holidays which may involve considerable extra hours. In order to meet this working condition, all employees are required to provide a personal phone number where they may be reached after hours. This number will only be used for internal purposes.

NHEC offers an excellent compensation and benefits package.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.