Vegetation Management Inspector- TRAQ

ACRT Pacific

Placerville, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $37.85 to 40.19 an hour plus additional in lieu of benefits
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

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Company:  ACRT Pacific, LLC.


Enjoy working outdoors? Would you like to gain some experience in Forestry? ACRT Pacific is currently seeking energetic entry-level professionals who enjoy working outdoors. This is a full-time opportunity for individuals who are looking to gain some Forestry experience. Our Vegetation Management Inspectors-TRAQ are ideal for professionals with an educational background in forestry, horticulture, arboriculture, biology, environmental studies, conservation, or related disciplines and who would like to gain experience in these fields and line of work.

Contingent at the approval of our clients, our Vegetation Management Inspectors patrol for hazard trees, perform identification, inspection, and evaluation of trees and brush along utility lines. They also assist in the submitting inspection results to clients with recommendations; Plan, direct, and coordinate the activities of assigned tree clearance crews; Discuss and negotiate line-clearance crew access issues; Serve as a liaison between clients, tree crews, and client customers.

This position is eligible for a sign-on bonus after 90 days of employment!

Note: This position is designated as a safety-sensitive role.

*Active TRAQ Certification required*

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The VMI (TRAQ) must perform circuit patrols in accordance with the annual VM plan, VM patrol standards and processes.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall identify required tree work along the existing PG&E rights-of- way; prescribing tree work to be performed; document inspection.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall understand the associated scope and ensure their inspection is meeting the appliable standard.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) will notify property owners/agencies when tree work will occur and will obtain any necessary authorizations from the property owners/agencies to perform the tree work.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) may act as the VM contact for new business and re-construction work requested by the energy delivery organization.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) may perform work verification inspections, verifying applicable inspection and tree work completion and quality.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) may perform investigation and documentation of tree-related outages and attend outage meetings as requested.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) may be assigned a variety of VM tags. When assigned perform tracking, field checking, prescribing of work, and notifying of customers associated with non-routine locations. These locations may come from Electric Corrective
  • (EC/LC) notifications, Gas OCW notifications, Customer Care & Billing (CC&B) cases, or as assigned. The VMI (TRAQ) will need to assist in close out CC&B cases in the field after fielding the case.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) may support emergency response such as directed by OEC, or level one operations, such as dispatching tree crews, field checking sites, first responder and-by agreements.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall independently complete tasks assigned by the supervisor.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall support oversight of vegetation projects, including field operations such as tree assessment, tree trimming, and other work as required.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall participate in Contractor safety and tailboard meetings.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall act as a customer relations representative on behalf of PG&E.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall provide support and coordination between contractors, communities, agencies, first responders, and all other PG&E workgroups and stakeholders that may be involved in the successful completion of the vegetation project.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall ensure compliance with all applicable regulations which may include, but are not limited to: Annual permits, Encroachment permits, Traffic Control Plans, railroad permits, Caltrans permits, and environmental protection measures as documented on Environmental Release to Construction.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall be proficient in electronic devices and documentation proficiency. As assigned, completes electronic and paper- based documentation and reporting.

Basic Responsibility:

  • Patrolling distribution or transmission circuits and prescribe work to be performed by PG&E’s tree contractor, ensuring that the clearances prescribed will maintain compliance for a minimum of one calendar year.
  • Determining when the next trim is required and whether a trim or removal is necessary, assessing all trees with the potential to strike PG&E facilities for failure likelihood and hazards.
  • Patrolling, identifying, and prescribing required tree pruning and tree/brush removal work needed to facilitate completion of electric compliance tags such as 540 tags to meet all regulatory requirements and/or to PG&E Vegetation Management standards and procedures. Notifying property owners of tree pruning and tree/brush removal work to be performed relating to this specification, mapping circuits using PG&E continuity list.
  • Managing EC notifications and cases, performing outage investigations and, when necessary, obtaining permits from public agencies, and documenting work in the VMDSR (or other PG&E assigned databases) using a hand-held computer or an iOS compatible mobile device.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall be required to use computers and associated software, enter data into and process data from hand-held devices, as required.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall perform all necessary duties for emergency response in accordance with all safety requirements, laws and regulations, and applicable labor agreements or an iOS compatible mobile device as directed by the supervisor.
  • The VMI (TRAQ) shall maintain direct contact with PG&E division personnel, public agencies, and customers as directed by the PG&E representative.
  • Knows and exemplifies ACRT’s Guiding Principles.
  • Other duties as required

Equipment, Environmental and Safety Requirements:

  • Driving cars, trucks, forklifts, and other equipment
  • Walking on uneven ground
  • Exposure to excessive noise
  • Exposure to extremes in temperature, humidity, or wetness
  • Operation of foot controls or repetitive foot movement
  • Exposure to dust, gas, fumes, and chemicals
  • Prolong periods of time sitting (driving/meetings/trainings)
  • Various forestry-related equipment, including but not limited to clinometer, range finder, logger’s tape, DBH tape and other safety-related equipment such as hard hat, safety vest, safety glasses, etc.


Must meet the general requirements below:

  • High school diploma or GED AND
  • Required to maintain a Class C driver’s license AND must meet one of the experience levels below:
  • *Active TRAQ Certification required*

Experience / Education Requirements (must meet one):

  • One (1) year of related arboricultural experience, OR
  • ISA Certified Arborist, OR
  • 2-year or 4-year college degree in a related field AND
  • Approval by PG&E Representative

Candidates must be located within a 50-mile radius of Placerville, CA. For candidates who do not live within this radius and are unable to relocate, hotel costs will be covered by ACRT. Flights for out-of-state candidates will be covered by ACRT. Relocation/moving costs will be considered if candidate is willing to relocate.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to identify local trees and knowledge of growth rates.
  • Ability to learn and use company- or job-specific software systems.
  • Ability to work in rugged terrain and inclement weather.
  • Ability to read and follow maps.
  • Accountability: accepts personal responsibility for quality and timeliness of work.
  • Accuracy and work quality, performs work completely, correctly, and in a professional manner.
  • Adaptability and flexibility: meets the changing conditions and situations in work responsibilities.
  • Communications: possesses strong verbal and written communication skills and can present ideas in formal and informal situations.
  • Creativity: possesses ability to develop and present new ideas and better ways of doing things.
  • Dependability: is reliable and has the ability to do required jobs.
  • Drive and achievement orientation sets challenging goals for self and willingly puts in extra time and effort in crisis situations.
  • Independence: possesses the ability to work independently.
  • Interpersonal skills: builds constructive and effective relationships.
  • Job knowledge: possesses sufficient skill and knowledge to perform all aspects of the job.
  • Positive attitude: displays optimism about the work to be done and demonstrates a positive attitude towards customers, peers, and the company.
  • Quantity of work generates adequate amounts of work based on the job requirements.
  • Work comparability: performs work that is comparable to other employees with the same length of service in the same position.

The tasks undertaken in this role are contingent upon the contractual agreement between ACRT Pacific and the Customer. Given the contractual nature of the role, it's important to note that it may not entail a permanent arrangement and could potentially conclude in response to an RFP or RFQ.

Salary Range Disclaimer

The base salary range represents the low and high end of the ACRT Pacific salary range for this position. Actual salaries will vary depending on factors including but not limited to customer contact terms, location,  experience, and performance. Other rewards may include Paid Time Off, 401(k) retirement savings plan with company match, ESOP contributions, medical, dental, and vision insurance, and other region-specific benefits as eligible. 

Salary Range Transparency

For applicants residing in California the salary range for this role including the lieu of benefits amount is from $47.31 per hour to $50.24 per hour.

In addition to your hourly wage, Union Members receive $50.00 in subsistence - as taxable income - for each day worked in excess of 4-hours.

Compensation Disclaimer: This position is eligible for a sign-on bonus. The incentive will be earned and paid after 90 days of employment.

Position Title: Vegetation Management Inspector-TRAQ

Alternate Title: VMI

Position Reports to: Operations Manager

Division: Operations

Department: Operations

Base Compensation: $37.85-$40.19 an hour DOE plus additional lieu of benefits amount

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Bargaining Role: Yes

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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)


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Category Forestry
Tags Environmental Consulting