Transmission Forestry System Arborist (On-site)

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Military service members and veterans with ranks from E5-E9, W1-CW5, or O3-O6, plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined below will be considered for this opportunity. 

At this time, Dominion Energy cannot transfer nor sponsor a work visa for this position.



Job Summary

The Transmission Forestry System Arborist has responsibility for the following areas: 

Herbicide Program:  Assumes full responsibility for the coordination, administration, financial tracking, and quality monitoring of the Electric Transmission Herbicide Program. Works with Transmission Forestry Supervisor and Supply Chain to conduct bid process, providing scope of work and specifications and evaluating vendors for contract awards based on their ability to perform.  Coordinates work scheduling between awarded vendors and Regional Transmission Foresters to execute work.  Coordinates and conducts inspections of all initial and follow-up herbicide applications.


Bare Ground Program: Assumes full responsibility for the coordination, administration, financial tracking, and quality monitoring of the substation bare ground vegetation control program for transmission and distribution substations system wide. Independently works with Supply Chain to conduct the bid process, providing scope of work and specifications and evaluating vendors for contract awards based on their ability to perform. Coordinates scheduling between contract forces and substation personnel to arrange for escorts for herbicide applicators working inside substations, tracks completed work and approves final payment.


Capital Project Support: Supports Project Managers and Permitting Specialists on capital projects by creating landscape plans or reviewing landscape plans created by outside sources which are required before the permitting and construction process can proceed. Provides scope of work and specifications for landscape installation contracts and independently implements installation of landscape plans for permitted projects while negotiating through the execution of plans and related functions with stakeholders, including governmental regulators and property owners. Attends public open house workshops and meetings in the early stages of the permitting process to discuss visual and vegetation-related impacts of upcoming capital projects.


Transmission Vegetation Maintenance Support: Supports Transmission Forestry Coordinators by providing ornamental alternatives to undesirable vegetation removed from landscapes on private and public properties, often negotiating landscape replacement alternatives with the property owner or government entity to resolve complaints and claims. Administers Transmission Forestry Fee Owned Mowing Contracts. Is available for major storm restoration work and required to spend extended periods of long hours escorting and directing tree crews during those efforts.


Facilities Maintenance Support: Supports Facility Services and Substation Supervisors with landscape maintenance concerns at Substations and Company Facilities and coordinates specialized vegetation management at critical substation locations.


Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

The knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience required for entry into this job include the following:

  • 6+ years of directly related experience (Utility Arboriculture).
  • Advanced knowledge of arboriculture, urban horticulture, ornamental plant installation, landscape design, dendrology, landscape maintenance principals, tree trimming techniques, and herbicide application.
  • Advanced knowledge of the identification of trees and growth habits, use of herbicides, rehabilitation, right of way management.
  • Experience creating landscape plans, utilizing related design software.
  • Strong knowledge of electric principles and transmission circuitry.
  • Strong knowledge of accounting and contract administration.
  • Skills: Strong written and oral communications, strong customer service, effective organizational and project management
  • Abilities: Demonstrated problem-solving and quick decision-making, setting priorities, working independently, public relations, interpersonal and leadership.
  • Physical attributes required to perform essentials of the job: Driving long distances (up to 3000 miles per month), walking, climbing, stooping, bending, and hearing

Education Requirements

Degree or an equivalent combination of education and demonstrated related experience may be accepted in lieu of preferred level of education:


Preferred Disciplines: Horticulture, Forestry

Other disciplines may be substituted for the preferred disciplines(s) listed above.

Licenses, Certifications, or Quals Description

Required: Retains current Arborist Certification from the International Society of Arboriculture


The following certifications must be obtained within the first year of employment:  

  • Erosion and Sediment Control Inspector Certification from the Department of Environmental Quality
  • Commercial Applicator (Pesticide) Certification from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Certified Horticulturalist from the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association and current Certified Designer from the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers.

Working Conditions

Travel 76- 100%
Office Work Environment Up to 25%
Outdoors 76-100%

Other Working Conditions

Test Description

No Testing Required


Export Control

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Other Information

We offer excellent plans and programs for employees. Employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which may include: health benefits with coverage for families and domestic partners, vacation, retirement plans, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and much more.   To learn more about our benefits, click here

Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.  

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About Dominion Energy

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