Transmission Vegetation Coordinator

BC Hydro

July 18, 2022



Job Type

Must have relevant experience

Salary Type
To Be Determined

College Diploma or Certificate, Bachelor's Degree


British Columbia


Source:             BC Hydro
Job Title:           Transmission Vegetation Coordinator – Terrace
Job Number:     BCH-R-9876-220711E2

Job Location:    Terrace, British Columbia, Canada

We’re BC Hydro and we have a big job to do.

Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential.

We’re investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We’re upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities. We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We’ve been recognized for excellence and been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

It’s our vision is to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.



* Develops annual and long-term transmission vegetation management work plans for review and approval by Integrated Planning. Responsible for site specific prescriptions based on patrol inventories, species, species diversification, growth rates, site classification, identification of target and non-target vegetation, prioritization of identified maintenance to maintain Mandatory Reliability Standards (MRS) and vegetation clearances, reduction and elimination of target densities and environmental sensitivities. Implements work plans and prescriptions to ensure compliance with various regulatory requirements (such as forestry, environmental and MRS) to prevent potential violation penalties. Monitors and provides explanations for work plan variances to Integrated Planning. Prepares business justification for work plan change requests for management and Integrated Planning approval.

* Supports operational planning requirements, including the preparation of transmission vegetation maintenance work packages for the BC Hydro transmission system. Plans and defines the type of work and work methods required. Reviews work to ensure completion as planned and signs off on work packages to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements to prevent potential violation penalties and/or the issuance of stop work orders for violations by regulatory bodies.

* Acts as a regional resource for vegetation mapping and inventory. Gathers and compiles evidence of ground patrols (such as measurements and photos) for MRS compliance evidence collection. Identifies vegetation risks (such as low conductor to ground clearance areas) and develops and implements mitigation plans. Submits compliance evidence and mitigation plans to meet MRS compliance reporting requirements.

* Supports vegetation encroachment risk response in accordance with standard operating procedures within a specified timeframe by: assessing and confirming risk to determine appropriate response based on risk level; reporting vegetation encroachment to applicable stakeholders for mitigation action; co-ordinating resources for the removal of vegetation; collecting and submitting vegetation measurement data in the field for compliance evidence reporting; and participating in violation investigation interviews as required.

* Performs quality assurance of transmission vegetation patrol data collection completed by contractors. Prepares quality assurance reports to identify areas of improvements of data collection within the patrol record and tracking completion quality reviews to facilitate the assessment of contractor performance.

* Performs some or all the duties of the Co-ordinator Vegetation Maintenance job.

* Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties which do not affect the rating of the job.


* Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Resource Management, Environmental Sciences or Biology: or Diploma in Forestry, Horticulture or Environmental studies from an Institute of Technology.

* Registered with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals (ABCFP); or must be eligible for registration and register with the ABCFP within two (2) months of hire and complete requirements within two (2) years of registration.

* Some positions may require registration with the International Society of Arboriculture as a Certified Arborist and as a Certified Utility Specialist. Some positions may be required to hold a valid pesticide applicator’s certificate.

* Four (4) years experience working in utility vegetation management or in the field of forestry vegetation management.

* Requires completion of a variety of in-house courses related to contract administration and environmental issues and specific applications/systems; or must be completed within three (3) months of starting in the job.

* Must hold a valid class five (5) driver’s license.


This position is affiliated with the Movement of United Professionals union (MoveUP/COPE).

* This is a re-bulletin

*Applicants who previously applied to the original posting, need not re-apply as their application will be considered.

* A condition of employment in this role is to maintain your Class 5 drivers license in good standing.

* This is a Group 10 MoveUP Full-Time Regular (FTR) opportunity with the team.

* This location is eligible for a Remote Incentive of 6%. Remote Incentives are paid bi-weekly to Full-Time Regular employees working in eligible remote locations.

* This location is eligible for Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit. The Extended Health Care Medical Travel Benefit is extended to Full-Time Regular, Part-Time Regular and Full-Time Temporary employees who are permanently working in eligible remote locations.

* Frequent exposure to field work. Up to 80% of time spent in the field in urban, rural and wilderness areas. Frequently exposed to all weather conditions, works in construction areas and regularly hikes with a lightly weighted backpack (up to 20 lbs) and walks over rough terrain in wilderness areas on a regular basis. Some exposure to wild animals and dogs. Occasional exposure to irate customers and to hazardous materials.

* May be required to spend up to 50 nights a year away from home.

* May use helicopters in inspection work. Drives a 4X4 on back roads and may use Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) as required.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Required:

* All the skills, knowledge and abilities of the Co-ordinator Vegetation Maintenance job.

* Excellent knowledge forest management, forestry, arboriculture and vegetation management principles and practices related to utility vegetation control.

* Excellent working knowledge of Integrated Vegetation Management and the ability to implement new or revised processes into operation.

* Excellent working knowledge of BC Hydro vegetation inventory procedures, measurement and


* Excellent working knowledge of hazard tree identification and assessment.

* Excellent analytical skills related to identify potential system safety or reliability concerns related to vegetation growth.

* Understanding of regulatory compliance standards, requirements and processes as it relates to transmission vegetation management.

* Good ability to identify and evaluate riparian areas.

* Excellent understanding of contract administration with the ability to oversee time and resources effectively.

* Good working knowledge of the safe handling, storage, transportation and application of pesticides.

* Excellent knowledge of related forestry and environmental practices and regulations.

* Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish strong working relationships with internal stakeholders, public, regulatory agencies and Indigenous communities.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills including technical report writing skills.

* Strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills.

* Ability to drive a motor vehicle.

* As part of the selection process, applicants may be required to take a written test during the interview.

* BC Hydro conducts pre-placement medical checks of applicants entering certain positions to help safeguard BC Hydro’s workplace. As part of the selection process, you may be required to demonstrate successful completion of a pre-placement medical check.

* Please be advised that this role has been assessed as safety sensitive and pre-qualification alcohol and drug testing will be required as a pre-condition to employment.



How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at  by July 25, 2022

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We’re always looking for exceptional people to bring new ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It’s an exciting time to be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

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Flexible work model role definitions


Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home

based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for

each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time

from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.

IBEW/Field – No option to work from home

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Hybrid – May be able to work from home up to 3 days per week.

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