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Manage and direct the Right-of-Way department by creating and overseeing the Integrated Vegetation Management Program. Manage the personnel (Right-of-Way Coordinator) and activities of the Right-of-Way department. Direct and manage compliance with applicable vegetation policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. This position is also responsible for all financial aspects and operational deliverables for the WRVEC Right-of-Way program. Ensures the safe and reliable operation of the electric distribution system by providing annual IVM plans that meet reliability goals and budget objectives. Responsible for the coordination of Right-of-Way activity in support of capital projects and maintenance activities. Directs plans to executive staff, internal personnel, and contractor leadership and ensures plans are completed in a safe and timely manner. Responsible for selecting, coaching, and developing employees in the Right-of-Way department. 


Manage and supervise the Right-of-Way Coordinator, bid contractors, herbicide contractors, and the hourly Hot Spot crew engaged in the operation and maintenance of WRVEC Right-of-Ways. Provides leadership and direction in accomplishing goals and strategies for Right-of-Way operations. Responsible for the safe and reliable maintenance and operation of WRVEC’s Right-of-Way Program. Serve as the subject matter expert for the Right-of-Way Integrated Vegetation Management Program. 


The duties and responsibilities described below are the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be all inclusive for this position.

    • Establish the objectives, goals, and policy in the Right-of-Way Department  
    • Develop, estimate, maintain, implement, and provide oversight of a multi-million-dollar Right-of-Way budget 
    • Manage and supervise internal and external personnel  
    • Establish the yearly vegetation management work plan and goals 
    • Contract management/procurement (negotiate, analyze, and provide work scopes) of yearly vendor contracts. 
    • Evaluate, negotiate, and execute contracts for Right-of-Way operations 
    • Manage the performance of multiple Right-of-Way projects across the company. This includes oversight of all Right-of-Way contractors. 
    • Works in conjunction with WRVEC departments and business units for effective business needs, support, collaboration, and success. 
    • Provide expertise in the design, development and evaluation of line clearing VM techniques that meet local, state, and federal regulations. 
    • Keeps up to date on any new IVM programs, techniques, and industry practices (incl. herbicide products and applications). 
    • Serve as the subject matter Right-of-Way expert to direct reports, contractors, internal departments, and members.  
    • Participates in safety meetings and stays familiar with and up to date on CPR training. 
    • Must report any damage of the White River Valley Electric Cooperative system to the VP of Operations and Manager of Operations, and/or the area foreman where the damage is located.  
    • Maintains records for EPA, Dept. of Ag., FEMA, SEMA, and any required agencies. 
    • Maintains a safe working environment by adhering to policies, procedures, and regulations. 
    • Reviews outage data for indicators on lines plagued with vegetation related outages. 
    • Available for 24-hour on-call duty for storm restoration or other requirements. 
    • Perform other duties if needed in the operations department.  


    • Must be able to manage and supervise internal and external personnel. 
    • Must be able to manage the performance of multiple teams and project at various locations. 
    • Must be able to deliver clear, concise information regarding project goals, deadlines, and budget status to all levels of management 
    • Possesses an expert knowledge of ANSI Z133-2012 Safety Standard and ANSI A300 Pruning Standard for Vegetation Management. 
    • Good oral and written communications skills are required.  
    • Must be able to work with a variety of people under differing circumstances.  
    • A valid Missouri driver’s license is required. Class “A” license preferred.  
    • WRVEC requires a physical examination which includes both drug and alcohol testing. 


    • Education- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Preferred: an associate degree, or equivalent with emphasis in forestry; or a bachelor’s degree. Must have or the ability to obtain the Certified Arborist/Utility Specialist Certification. Must have or the ability to obtain a UAS Pilot’s (Drone) certification. Must have or the ability to obtain the Missouri Pesticide Applicators license.
    • Experience- At least five (5) years’ experience in utility operations with exposure to construction and maintenance practices, which should include all aspects of right-of-way clearing, maintenance and scheduling.
    • Job Knowledge- Must possess a thorough knowledge of industry right-of-way practices including the use of chemicals, spraying and right-of-way equipment. Must be familiar with distribution construction and maintenance practices.
    • Knowledge of the primary components and operation of an electric distribution system. 


    • Primarily field work. Some irregular hours, weekend, night work and holiday work may be required. 


    • Must be able to traverse uneven terrain on foot and navigate fences, hills, and steep terrain.  
    • Must be able to travel the entire service territory daily. 


    • Contacts normally involve the implementation of company policies and programs. Regular contacts with members in education and resolving problems. Additionally, may need to communicate with local governments, HOA’s, State and Federal Agencies.  

Note: This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities and requirements. Management retains the right to assign or reassign duties and/or responsibilities at any time.