EC&M Supervisor, Vegetation Management

City of Seattle, WA
September 7, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

The position will be responsible for the daily supervision of Seattle City Light's (SCL) Power Line Clearance (PLC) and Transmission Rights of Way (TROW) Vegetation Management programs and personnel. Responsibilities includes general oversight, delegation of duties and direct engagement with NERC compliance, mitigation and restoration of TROW, urban PLC, customer care response and other tasks as assigned via specialized crews, through subordinate crew chiefs and support staff. This position will comply with and advance SCL's safety programs, strive to maintain an accident-free environment and participate in several committees involving employee safety, construction standards, emergency management, etc. that affect overall departmental operations.

This position will report to the Power Line Clearance and Landscapes Manager and will report out of the South Service Center.
Job Responsibilities
Job Responsibilities - Here is more about what you'll be doing:

  • Through subordinate crew chiefs and coordinators, supervise the daily work of power line clearance related to trimming/removal of trees and other vegetation near transmission and distribution lines, underground residential distribution, line services, substations, switching networks, and civil construction.
  • Monitors work sites for job progress and employee safety.
  • Holds monthly 1 -on- 1 meetings, quarterly "check-in"s and annual reviews for all direct reports.
  • Strives to maintain an accident free environment.
  • Pro-actively engages in, resolves/assists in resolving personnel matters.
  • Supervises/approves purchasing and forecast resource requirements.
  • Submits budget recommendations.
  • Comply with company-wide Safety program and strive to maintain an accident-free environment. Participate in several committees involving employee safety, construction standards etc. that affect overall departmental operations.
  • Review departmental operations and recommend changes to management for continual quality improvements.
  • Serves as the Subject Matter Expert for NERC FAC-003 compliance. Assists in maintaining NERC-compliance documentation and makes recommendations for continual improvement of the TROW and PLC programs.
  • Directly approves and tracks timesheets, leave requests, overtime requests, reimbursements, purchases, attendance and training requests.
  • Participates on City-wide Urban Forestry related boards, committees and teams as needed.
  • Participates on City Light's Incident Management Team on all storm-response and catastrophic event response. Maintains situational awareness, crew status and work status throughout the event's duration.
  • The position may require driving of city vehicles.

Required Qualifications: In addition to the skills and experience mentioned below, a successful applicant will have experience that reflects a commitment to creating fair and equitable outcomes and has:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three years' experience in design, construction, maintenance and/or operation of electrical distribution systems, or associated facilities and/or assets including landscapes.
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate positively and effectively, both in writing and verbally.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Work is performed outdoors in all types of weather, and in an office environment.
  • Work is performed at multiple reporting locations, and at remote generation sites
  • Requires working evenings, weekends, holidays and long hours during emergency and outage situations.

License, Certification and Other Requirements

  • Current Washington State Driver's License

Additional Information
The full salary range for this position is hourly rate $72.05 - $77.88 per hour.

Desired Qualifications - You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience resolving complex personnel and labor relations issues
  • Experience with management and analysis of workload forecasting and planning
  • Experience supervising or managing a diverse workforce in a utility setting
  • Experience preparing, editing, and recommending policies and procedures that support Seattle City Light's strategic vision
  • Experience identifying and implementing new processes and/or procedures to increase efficiencies and business practices.
  • A proven record of successfully implementing organizational change.
  • International Society of Arboriculture Arborist Certification, Utility Specialist Certification and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Teams, Sharepoint, Excel, OneDrive, etc.)

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice .

Application Process
It is preferred that you please submit the following with your online application:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job announcement
  • A current resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Seattle City Light values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Seattle City Light encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process, including the completion of a background check. The background check will involve a criminal history check, which includes conviction and arrest records in compliance with the Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance , SMC 14.17 and the City of Seattle Personnel Rule 10.3 . A driving history review may be conducted in compliance with SMC 4.79.020 . Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/26/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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