Utility Arborist Technician

Atlanta, GA

Job Summary

This posting is to fill 2 positions, 1 – Distribution and 1 – Transmission.

The Distribution position supports all Distribution vegetation management activities for GPC in South and West Metro Atlanta, and the West part of GPC’s service territory. This position supports three Utility Arborists with their respective field responsibilities in these territories. There is no required office location for this position, but the successful candidate must live within a reasonably commutable distance to offices in Smyrna, Columbus, and/or Jonesboro areas. Partial relocation assistance may be available for this position.

The Transmission position is responsible for inspecting span to span GPC’s transmission system to identify and document vegetation-related hazards. The position also supports the 7 Utility Arborist territories across the state. There is no required office location for this position, but extensive, statewide, overnight travel will be required. Partial relocation assistance may be available for this position.

Job Duties

  • Contribute to the development, planning and Implementation of an integrated vegetation management (IVM) plan across the assigned territory

  • Perform Transmission rights of way patrols, vegetation, and electrical clearance assessments

  • Communicate with customers and land owners regarding rights of way and vegetation matters

  • Assist with quality control inspections of completed work as well as work in progress to ensure compliance with contract specifications

  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of current governmental statutory requirements, and local area ordinances, concerning safety clearances between vegetation and electrical conductors

  • Assist with management of the daily work-plans of multiple contractor resources to ensure work practices are performed safely, productively, and within schedule

  • Establish and maintain relationships with various federal, state, municipal, and local government agencies and departments related to vegetation management.

  • Effectively communicate vegetation maintenance objectives and practices to both internal and external customers

  • Ensure all compliance and regulatory obligations are met

  • Ensure compliance with requirements of FAC-003-4 always

  • Work outside normal business hours in support of emergency restoration efforts is possible

Job Requirements

Education / Experience

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry or related field preferred

  • Must possess, or obtain within industry guidelines, ISA Certified Arborist certification

  • ISA Utility Specialist desired

  • Must possess, or obtain within industry guidelines, appropriate herbicide application license

  • Knowledge of distribution and transmission utility electrical systems desired

  • Familiarity with ANSI Z-133, A-300 standards desired

  • Knowledge of NERC Standard for vegetation management, FAC 003-4, preferred

  • Utility integrated vegetation management experience desired

  • Contractor management experience is a plus


  • Demonstrate commitment to personal safety and the safety of your team

  • Must be able to meet schedules and critical deadlines

  • Ability to learn basic business skills such as budgeting and finance

  • Able to value and interact with people with different perspectives and backgrounds

  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills highly desired

  • Must be self-motivated and demonstrate ability to work without direct supervision

  • Ability to work with commonly used applications including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Access and Excel. Also, experience with mobile applications and GIS / GPS applications is a plus.

  • Ability to communicate in English and Spanish is a plus

  • Early start and extended work hours will be routine.

  • Ability to perform emergency call-out response and storm restoration support is possible

  • State Registered Forester license a plus

  • Ability to identify the species of local vegetation and their growth characteristics

Behavioral Attributes

  • Safety focused

  • Demonstrate our values: Safety first, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment daily

  • Possesses a questioning attitude

  • Function independently while serving the needs of your team

This position has been identified as a role that will require the use of a Georgia Power fleet vehicle. The following will be required if you are selected for this position:

  • Must have at least one year of verifiable driving experience (Must hold a valid driver’s license for the class vehicle to be operated. Driving permits are not typically considered a valid driver’s license).

  • Must have no revocation of driving privileges within the 36 months prior to application, no convictions of major traffic violations (DUI, hit and run, reckless driving, etc.) within the 12 months prior to application, or any pending charges for a major traffic violation at the time of application.

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeogiaPower.com and connect with the Company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 5017

Job Category: Environmental & Forestry

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Georgia Power