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Line Clearance Arborist *Updated 7/16/20

Date: Sep 20, 2020

Title: Line Clearance Arborist *Updated 7/16/20 
Company: Tampa Electric Company 
State and City: Florida - Tampa
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days


This position's pay is based on skills, experience and education of the successful candidate.



Oversees and coordinates contracted line clearance activities associated with the construction and maintenance of Tampa Electric Company’s (TEC) transmission and distribution systems.  Responsibilities include the daily coordination of clearing for new construction, transmission and distribution maintenance activities and the transmission mowing and herbicide application programs. 


•    Coordinate the daily planning and monitoring of the activities associated with the contracting of line clearance and right-of-way maintenance activities. 
•    Preview work orders and evaluate line clearance needs associated with project management jobs, including the development of specifications, contractor selection, providing permit information to engineering and environmental departments, interfacing with TEC project leaders and subsequent coordination of the clearing, tree trimming and restoration activities through to the completion of the construction. Participation also includes community meetings and other public awareness events in support of the project. 
•    Monitor circuit completion, including work units, man-hours and costs, including entry of data into the appropriate databases. Verify contractor and vendor invoices weekly for accuracy of reporting labor and equipment hours and rates. 
•    Remain updated on environmental, safety, regulatory and arborist requirements to ensure TEC compliance with regulations for both the maintenance of existing and in the clearing for new construction of the transmission and distribution system. 
•    Maintain department operational compliance with NERC, FERC, FRCC and Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) regulatory requirements governing line clearance and inspections; all of which support public safety and electric system reliability. 
•    Coordinate transmission right-of-way mowing activities, including development of specifications, work scheduling, budget monitoring, and contractor quality and productivity evaluations. 
•    Administer transmission and distribution herbicide application programs, including development of specifications, selection of appropriate chemical formulations, work scheduling, budget monitoring and reviewing contractor quality.


Required:    High School Diploma or GED
Preferred:    Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Horticulture or related field from an accredited university is strongly preferred and may be considered in lieu of some comparable related experience.


 International Society of Arboriculture (“ISA”) Arborist or Utility Specialist certification is required or must be obtained within one year of starting the position  
Preferred:    State of Florida ROW herbicide applicator license


Related Experience


  • Minimum of eight (8) years of related work experience in utility line clearance and right-of-way maintenance. Experience must include 2-3 years of leading multiple tree trimming crews in a utility environment
  • Bachelor's degree and  4 years or equivelant combination of education and experience.


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSAs)
•    Sound knowledge of line clearance, right-of-way maintenance and related environmental, regulatory and arborist compliance requirements
•    Demonstrated strong leadership
•    Strong verbal and written communication skills
•    An aptitude to work proficiently


Must be able to work overtime as required and be available for emergency call-out to support electric service restoration.


•    Builds Strong, Collaborative Relationships 
•    Cultivates Innovation and Embraces Change
•    Drives Operational Excellence for Customers
•    Speaks Up on Safety, Health, and the Environment
•    Takes Ownership & Acts with Integrity
•    Thinks Strategically & Exercises Sound Judgment 


TECO offers a competitive Benefits package!!

Competitive Salary *401k Savings plan w/ company matching * Pension plan * Paid time off* Paid Holiday time * Medical, Prescription Drug, & Dental Coverage  *Tuition Assistance Program * Employee Assistance Program * Wellness Programs * On-site Fitness Centers * Bonus Plan and more!


STORM DUTY REQUIREMENTS....Please make sure to read below!!!  Responding to storms will be considered a condition of employment.

TECO Energy and its companies serve a role in providing critical services to our community during an emergency. Team members are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters to maintain service to our TECO Energy customers. Team members are required to work in their normal job duties or other assigned activities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with the company's rules and procedures.


TECO Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TECO Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at TECO Energy will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.

Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Statement
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

ADA policy
It is the policy of TECO Energy to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.


Application accommodations
Applicants may request reasonable accommodation in the application process five business days prior to the time accommodation is needed.


Pre-employment physical exams may be required for positions with bona fide job-related physical requirements regardless of disability. 



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