ECI is looking to add a Distribution Utility Work Planner/Consulting Utility Forester to our team! If you are an energetic professional who enjoys working outdoors, values the freedom of working independently, enjoys a fast-paced environment and the challenges of a rewarding profession, consider a career in vegetation management with ECI. 

Some of the most important characteristics of an ECI Distribution Utility Work Planner/Consulting Utility Forester are a desire to learn, an ability to adapt, and a commitment to engage in safe, constructive interactions with the public. You are accountable for advancing a culture of safety and excellence while providing quality and value to our customers and clients.

Pay range for this role is $23.00 - $29.00, depending on relevant education, experience, and industry-specific certifications. 


  • Industry competitive pay.
  • Company vehicle with a fuel card to take to and from home & work.
  • Medical/Health/Dental/Vision/VOYA/Vacation Accrual/Paid Holidays/EAP eligibility on day one of employment (Full-Time Employees).
  • 401K, life insurance, long-term disability eligibility first of the month after 3 months of service.
  • Sick Time eligibility on day 90 of employment.
  • Weekly paychecks and direct deposit.
  • Participation in the Employee Referral Program (must meet eligibility requirements).
  • Boot and clothing program (company funded).
  • Ongoing training and assistance with obtaining industry certifications.


  • Inspect and assess customer properties for trimming or removal of trees.
  • Secure clear rights-of-way for new electric line and pole construction.
  • Handle customer complaints related to scheduled trimming/removals and/or completed trimming/removals, including clean-up and property damage.
  • Record, organize, and document associated vegetation work for later trimming and removal by a tree crew.
  • Provide identified access routes onto and in ROW.
  • Plan herbicide work for specialty and herbicide tree vendors.
  • Plan aerial saw work.
  • May be asked to provide high-level cost and time estimates based on planned work.
  • Audit tree contractor’s work for compliance with utility’s specifications.
  • Operate system forestry computer programs and record systems.
  • Communicate daily with the utility client, contractors, landowners, and the general public.
  • Perform duties in a manner that will promote and maintain good public relations.
  • Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Must be able to read maps and identify tree species and growth rates.
  • Must be able to identify required removal and trimming work based on utility specifications.
  • Must be able to work alone, and outdoors in various weather conditions and terrain.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, strong problem-solving and multi-tasking abilities, and show attention to detail.
  • Must be able to adapt to change.
  • Must have basic computer skills.


  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, or related field preferred.
  • Prior experience in Utility Vegetation Management or Forestry is preferred.
  • Prior experience in Herbicide and Aerial Saw planning is a plus.
  • Familiarity with GIS mapping programs is a plus.
  • Familiarity with vegetation removal, utility line clearance, and utility vegetation methods and equipment.
  • Certified ISA Arborist is a plus.
  • Being Bi-Lingual (Spanish) is a plus.

Working Environment

Work alone in an outdoor field environment; vehicle and foot patrol of utility power lines; remote locations as well as urban, city environment; physical demands and travel from site to site, including walking/hiking on various surfaces including flat, dry, wet, slippery, uneven, rough, steep terrain, hills, and slopes; exposure to noise, dust, grease, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions. Reasonable accommodations, if available, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


The team member must have sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to walk up to 10 miles per day, stand, sit, and operate a motor vehicle for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, run, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp and make repetitive hand, arm and shoulder movement in the performance of daily duties (e.g., forcefully beat down brush); carry, push and/or pull light to heavy amounts of weight, frequently lift up to 10 lbs. and occasionally lift up to 60 lbs. (sandbags); to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; ability to verbally communicate to exchange information with public; ability to see and hear in normal range with or without correction; operate assigned field equipment, including handheld computer, range finder, and traffic cone.

Company Overview

Environmental Consultants (ECI) is a leading provider of vegetation and asset management consulting services to the utility industry. Successful professionals at ECI have come from a variety of backgrounds, including forestry, arboriculture, natural resource management, biology, landscape maintenance, horticulture, nursery management, environmental sciences, geology, agriculture, parks & recreation management, urban forestry, geography, and more.  For more information visit our website

Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug test and a criminal background check.

All candidates must possess a valid driver's license and have a good driving record.

ECI is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. EOE/AA: Minority/Female/ Vets/ Disabled.


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