City of Seattle Power Line Clearance Coordinator in Seattle, Washington

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.

Seattle City Light is seeking a safety-focused, self-motivated Power Line Clearance Coordinator (PLLC) to join the Power Line Clearance and Landscapes Unit of the Transmission and Distribution Business Unit. The position is responsible for coordinating staff and contracted vendors performing powerline clearance duties on City Light's overhead distribution network, This position will report to the Vegetation Management Supervisor and will report out the the South Service Center.

Job Responsibilities

The Power Line Clearance and Landscapes Unit at City Light is responsible for managing vegetative clearances off our infrastructure and/or equipment, as well as managing landscapes at Utility-owned properties in and around Seattle. The Unit is comprised of four programs: Distribution Power Line Clearance, Transmission Right-of-Way Maintenance, Landscape Maintenance and Urban Forestry.

The Power Line Clearance Coordinator (PLCC) plans, initiates, and administers the Distribution Power Line Clearance program. The role has no formal, direct-supervisory responsibilities, but functionally oversees the work of multiple Utility Line Clearance contract crews, contract "Notifiers/Auditors", and two City Light staff positions – the Line Worker Assigned Power Line Clearance and an Arboriculturist. The PLCC is responsible for coordinating and maintaining day-to-day communications and information on field conditions, including production records of crews and electric service interruption data. The PLCC evaluates the information for program planning, budget forecasting, and ongoing work coordination and oversees the processing of invoices related to program.

This position requires knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, and safety procedures along with the principles, practices, methods, and tools involved in power line clearance and maintenance activities. Individual judgment and decision-making are required to evaluate tree and electrical hazards as defined by industry best practice (e.g. ANSI A300 and Z133 standards) and state regulations (e.g., RCW 64.12.035, WAC 296.45 and 296.32). Good judgment is also required to address customer concerns, concerns/inquiries from City of Seattle departments as well as those initiated from franchise cities and/or other entities. The PLCC may be required to represent the Department at public hearings and/or meetings and/or as a member of an interdepartmental team.

The PLCC is largely a self-directed position which works in close conjunction with the Vegetation Management Supervisor to maintain the distribution tree-trimming cycle. The PLCC also responds to assignments from management personnel who review overall work methods, progress, and outcomes to ensure compliance with departmental guidelines, rules, practices, applicable codes and safety standards and practices. This position egularly interacts with other departmental employees, other departments, contractors, vendors, the public and/or citizens' groups to coordinate work efforts, resolve problems, and to provide or exchange information.

This position is expected to respond to after-hour "call-outs" at any time, any day of the week, particularly in the winter/spring months. Tree-related outages are common during these months and the PLCC is the first-line responder, responsible for communicating with Management, coordinating crew(s) response and coordinating with the Power Control Center.

Work Requirements/Physical Demands:

  • Work is performed outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Work is performed around potentially hazardous work areas of construction sites
  • Work is performed in and around high voltage and energized equipment, in potentially hazardous work areas of construction areas, and around moving traffic.
  • Requires working evenings, weekends, holidays and long hours during emergency and outage situations.
  • Worker will be exposed to loud noises in active work zones – use of personal protective equipment is required. Qualifications

Experience:Four (4) years of journey level experience in line construction and taking clearances.

Certification/License/Other Requirements:Current Washington State driver's license with CDL "A" endorsement.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Utility line clearance tree trimming experience
  • Experience administering a program including budgetary oversight, personnel supervision and scheduling
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills
  • Excellent communication skills – written, verbal and electronic
  • Urban forestry experience and/or related training
  • ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Arborist and TRAQ designations
  • Knowledge of common native and planted tree species, including growth rate, wood strength, growth habits, etc.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite Additional Information

Job offers are contingent upon the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

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Salary: $56.33 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time

Department: Seattle City Light

Job Number: 2018-00748

Closing: 6/5/2018 4:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Seattle

Address: Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500 Seattle, Washington, 98104