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Vegetation Program Manager, Expert

Santa Cruz, CA, US, 95062

Requisition ID # 80681 

Job Category : Project / Program Management 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location : Santa Cruz

Position Summary:
The Vegetation Program Manager is responsible for oversight of Vegetation Management operations, ensuring electric system safety, reliability and regulatory compliance with state and federal rules. The incumbent may also serve as a subject matter expert and provide guidance and education or influence leaders in the industry (PG&E, other utilities or other decision makers) on regulatory issues and program strategies. Leads team within a specific geographic area of operations, including, direct oversight of 50+ inspection and tree contractor personnel. Works with customers and public entities to monitor and manage vegetation proximity to PG&E assets to contribute to system reliability and safety objectives.

Job Responsibilities:
• Ensure adherence with California Forest Practice Rules and other CA environmental regulations. 
• Ensure operational environmental best management practices and avoidance minimization measurements for all applicable VM programs.  This could include adherence with Clean Water Act, California Fish and Game Code, National Historic Preservation Act, Federal and State Endangered Species Act, and California Coastal Act. 
• Lead agency liaison for VM operations team.  This may include packaging data and submitting to USFS, CalTrans, and BLM and other agencies. 
•Training and oversite of contractors to ensure understanding and compliance with California Forest Practice Rules, environmental best management practices and avoidance minimization measurements.
Supporting and leading reviews and oversite of Notice of Violations and escalated concerns with the general public and various agencies along. 
•Support and lead role during emergency operations. 
• Lead wood management operations for local region.  
• Works independently on complex issues. Applying advanced knowledge and problem solving skills to wide-ranging issues. Integrates industry knowledge related to data into everyday business practices and decision making.
• Manages or directs project teams.
• Provides direction on overall program plan and goals within a specific geographic area of operations. Oversees in-depth quality assurance final reviews and contract drafts.
• Works with managers and directors across lines of business to influence decisions and meet goals.
• Communicates complex ideas to diverse audiences (PG&E, other utilities, public entities, community organizations, etc.) using a variety of media. Provides guidance around complex industry regulatory and compliance environment and considerations.
• Provides direction and guidance to lesser qualified PM’s and various contractors.
• Creates new and complex data models to facilitate business decisions.
• Develops new or revises existing scopes of work for contractors such as foresters, land planners, etc. to ensure compliance standards and deliverables are established.
• Influence leaders inside and outside the department, and among various local and state regulatory agencies (examples; CPUC Fire Safety OIR or Public Resource Code Major Wood Exemption).
• Acts as a subject matter expert. May participate in public hearings, legal proceedings or similar in this capacity.

Bachelor’s degree (forestry/natural resource management /business or related field) or equivalent experience
7+ years of related experience or equivalent


•    Licensed Registered Professional Forester or equivalent certification or expertise 

•    Master’s degree preferred
•    ISA Arborist/Utility Specialist certification
•    PMP Certification
•    Exceptional knowledge of forestry, environmental compliance and/or utility vegetation management concepts, methods and techniques.
•    Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate findings and recommendations to various levels of management.
•    Exceptional organizational, time management, prioritization and planning skills.
•    Mastery of project and program management concepts, methods and techniques.
•    Adaptable to changing and evolving business processes. Broad expertise in business and data analysis.
•    Process improvement skills and creative thinking.
•    Expert knowledge of current utility and energy industry issues, trends and political, economic and social issues affecting the program.
•    Excellent negotiation and collaboration skill, diplomacy and tact.
•    Strong business acumen.
•    Expert with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

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PG&E will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment in a manner consistent with all state and local laws.

Nearest Major Market: Santa Cruz
Nearest Secondary Market: San Francisco