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Senior Ops Supervisor, Vegetation Management Distribution Apply Now

Job ID 14141 Location Worcester, Massachusetts Organization Electric Maintenance and Construction Department Dist Forestry
About us

National Grid is hiring a Senior Ops Supervisor for our Vegetation Distribution Department in Worcester, MA.

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

The Distribution Vegetation Management program at National Grid utilizes an internal management staff and an external contractor workforce to effectively deliver the annual program across New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Major program components include annual cycle pruning, hazard tree mitigation programs, customer/new business work and various system reliability projects. The Supervisor position will oversee the daily activities of the contractor workforce to ensure completion of the Annual Vegetation Management program in accordance with all NGRID requirements.

Key Accountabilities

Execution of a Vegetation Management sourcing model that utilizes external resources to deliver the annual workplan per the Asset management strategy. ·

Ensure that the Forestry workplan is delivered in accordance with the annual budget and schedule constraints, as outlined by the appropriate Jurisdiction ·

Execute comprehensive field audits to ensure contractor compliance with vegetation management line clearances and specifications ·

Evaluate Forestry contractor performance relative to NGRID safety, environmental, and regulatory requirements.

Execute Effective Safety Discussions (ESD) and Compliance Assessments (CA) per the agreed monthly targets. ·

Implementation of NGRID Forestry Storm/Emergency restoration policies and procedures.

Review and evaluate the effectiveness of the minor and major restoration efforts ·

Through inter-departmental coordination, provide professional, technical and legal input in support of other NGRID strategies and objectives ·

Through external public relations, deliver and encourage public Forestry education. ·

Respond to customer inquiries and concerns while fostering and maintaining an effective working relationship with local officials.

Attend various customer, community and municipal meetings as required. ·

Monitor contractor productivity to ensure timely assignment and completion of customer related work requests via the Work Management System.

Approve contractor timesheets and certify work as complete, prior to authorizing payments. ·

Provide off hour coverage on a regular basis for routine emergencies as well as significant storm events. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum of a two year degree in Arboriculture, Urban Forestry, Forestry or a related natural resources field from an accredited school or related Line Clearance field experience. ·

Arborist Certification from the International Society of Arboriculture. · Support significant storm events through extended workdays, overnight shift coverage, etc. Travel to alternate locations / jurisdictions as required to support these events · Ability to traverse rough terrain (foot patrols) in remote locations while performing field crew visits and supporting field storm response.

Highly preferred working knowledge of OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.269 Line Clearance Tree Trimming Operations, American National Standard A-300 & Z-133 National Electrical Safety Requirements for Arboricultural Operations ·

Must be self-motivated with strong public speaking skills · Must demonstrate effective decision making, leadership capabilities and fiscal management. · Must possess a valid driver’s license. · Desired work related experience in the following areas: utility line clearance, contractor management, fiscal accountability, managerial decision making, public speaking, and natural resource field experience.

More Information

This position is one of National Grid’s career path roles which provide for promotional opportunities within and across salary bands as you develop and evolve in the position by gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. 

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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