Delta Montrose Electric Association
  • Montrose, CO, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, LTD, STD, Life, PTO, and more


The Vegetation Management Supervisor designs, implements, maintains, and manages a comprehensive Right-of-Way (ROW) Vegetation Management Program to provide efficient, reliable and safe electrical service to DMEA's membership.


High School Diploma or equivalent required; a degree in Forestry, Arboriculture, or related discipline is beneficial.  A minimum of 5 years of utility right-of-way vegetation management experience is required.  Must hold International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Arborist and ISA Utility Specialist Certifications.  Proficiency using Microsoft Office products is required. A minimum of 2 years supervisory experience is required. Must be able to read and interpret maps.  Must possess a valid driver's license. 


In an efficient and professional manner, and accordance with the DMEA/IBEW Labor Agreement and DMEA Accident Prevention Manual:

  • Assists in the developing a comprehensive Right-of-Way (ROW) Vegetation Management Program. Implements, maintains, and manages the Program, assuring compliance with vegetation management regulatory requirements and industry best practices as well as DMEA's vegetation management policies and standards.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the vegetation management program achieves the annual "miles of line cleared" goals.
  • Supervises tree trimming crews, who are in the process of right-of-way clearing, right-of-way reclearing, trimming, removal of trees and other vegetation.
  • Establishes and maintains professional working relationships with members, property owners, contractors, governmental agencies and others with whom interactions may be necessary during the course of performing vegetation management duties. Notifies and communicates with property owners about tree trimming, removal, and replacement work to be performed in accordance with DMEA's vegetation management plan.  Disseminates and explains DMEA's regulations regarding new plantings in DMEA rights of way to members, landscapers, and community nurseries.  Works with members regarding specific tree trimming or removal of trees on their properties and manages member concerns and complaints related to the vegetation management program.  Performs duties in a manner that promotes and maintains good public relations.
  • Inspects distribution and/or transmission circuit ROW to assess vegetation conditions and determine required maintenance activities. Researches easement and land rights for widths, rights, and restrictions. 
  • Prescribes work to be performed and determines future ROW maintenance requirements. Identifies and records local tree species and growth rates within and near DMEA's transmission and distribution rights-of-way (ROW).
  • Uses computers and associated software to perform duties. Maps circuits and enters tree trimming and tree and brush removal prescriptions into hand-held computer or other similar systems in a timely manner. Works with DMEA's mapping department to keep up to date records in the DMEA mapping system including: the location and number of trees per circuit, identifying tree replacement contract locations, identifying refusals that will trigger future charges to members, and up-to-date vegetation management records of miles of line that have been cleared.
  • Obtains Tree Replacement Contracts from property owners and permits from public agencies as needed or required. Records tree replacement contracts with the proper authorities at the appropriate courthouses.
  • Acts as a liaison between vegetation management contractors and DMEA management. Schedules ROW maintenance needs and oversees the contract to assure their work meets ISA standards and DMEA vegetation management program specifications.  Manages work requests and electronically tracks work progress.  Audits tree trimming and tree removal work completed in the field, completes post-audit reports indicating adequacy of the work, and updates mapping system as appropriate with photos, miles of line cleared, etc.
  • Assists the Communications Department in developing a ROW Vegetation Management Communication Plan. Participates in public presentations and meetings as needed or required.
  • Develops and implements a ROW Clearing Contract for Utility Qualified Tree Trimming Contractors (working within the 10' hot zone") and a ROW Clearing Contract for Non-Qualified Tree Trimming Contractors (working outside the 10' hot zone).
  • Develops and manages internal tree trimmer certification program.
  • Assists with developing bid package maps and work manifests, and drafts Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for vegetation management program tree trimming/removal and other contractor services as well as in-house crew services.
  • Assists in storm and emergency situations and other miscellaneous line clearance projects.
  • Responsible for submitting and controlling budget needs for all areas of responsibility.
  • Trains subordinates to attainable levels; reviews and determines performance of subordinates; recommends wage and salary adjustments to the Operations Manager in accordance with company policies and in support of company values and objectives. Responsible for planning and implementing necessary employee training within the Operations Department.


Individual has the authority to take whatever action is deemed advisable or necessary and may initiate and carry out the action; but is required to advise supervisors of the action taken when deemed necessary.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties and requirements for personnel in this position.


Must have knowledge and understanding of principles and practices of hazard tree assessment and management; common vegetation management techniques; tree biology and pruning; emergency management/storm response and vegetation management. Must have knowledge and understanding of electrical distribution and transmission system operation and hardware.  Must maintain and apply a working knowledge of the National Electric Safety Code (NESC), ANSI A300, ANSI Z133, and OHSA 1910.269(r). Must develop and maintain proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office products such as Outlook, Excel, and Word as well as with specific vendor product programs.

Must communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a diverse range of audiences and settings. Requires the ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with both internal and external contacts.  Must be able to negotiate to successfully resolve conflicts and problems.  Must be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Must assess operational and program needs; interpret government regulations; analyze complex written documents; work long and irregular hours under pressure conditions; and maintain order in an environment of changing priorities.  Must work collaboratively with coworkers, members, and others.

Understands the concepts of providing quality service to DMEA members and employees. Agrees to maintain a continuing commitment to providing superior service.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to frequently walk, stand, sit, and operate a motor vehicle for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, run, crawl, climb, reach, twist, and grasp. Requires the use of keyboard/computer/handheld electronic devices and to make repetitive hand movement motions in the performance of daily duties.  Requires vehicle and foot patrol of utility power lines in remote locations as well as in urban city environments.  Requires frequent walking/hiking/standing on various surfaces including dry, wet, slippery, flat, uneven, rough, steep terrain, hills and slopes.  Requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.  Requires finger dexterity, good hearing, ability to speak, and the ability to perform close work.  Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.  Office equipment used frequently includes personal computers, related software, copy machines, fax machines, etc. 


Regular, predictable attendance is required.  Approximately 75% of the work is performed outdoors.  Exposure to noise, dust, and all types of weather and temperature conditions.  Exposure to hazardous traffic conditions.  Driving a company vehicle daily is required; travel by commercial means occasionally may be required.

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