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System Forester

Date: Jun 9, 2021

Location: Clare, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.




This position is within the Forestry Operation department managing forestry clearing activities of LVD, HVD, and gas pipelines across the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. This includes all O&M and capital expenditures associated with this activity utilizing a contract workforce in excess of 300 crews.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provides council to the Department Manager for setting targets, objectives, goals, and in developing policy, procedures and specifications
  • Provides input in the development of contracts utilized to complete forestry work and in the hiring of exempt and non-exempt employees in their geographic area or adjacent areas
  • Is capable of representing the Company’s policy, procedures, and specifications for line clearing activities to the public and government officials with the assistance of Community Services or Government Affairs employees
  • Oversees all the revenue generation work in their defined geographic area and develops bids for large projects and cultures relationships with clients


This position will be located at: Clare, Midland, or West Branch


Essential Functions


  • Formulates long and short-range plans to meet objectives of maximizing the protection of the electric distribution system and the natural forest resources
  • Prepares annual and monthly budgets and administers budgetary controls for area assigned
  • Participates in analyzing and recommending changes in existing forestry contractors, the forestry organization and in formulating new organizational patterns and roles needed to meet current and future objectives
  • Reviews and coordinates activities among service foresters and staff to maximize effective use of personnel, funds, and equipment; gives direction in setting and attaining company objectives
  • Reviews and evaluates subordinate employees' work performance
  • Advises and assists management in design and development of systems to evaluate programs
  • Analyzes feedback received from evaluation systems and directs modification of programs
  • Inspects various phases of Forestry programs on a periodic basis
  • Utilizes GPS, GIS, computers, and computer programs to produce desired maps, charts, tables, and reports
  • Is responsible for completing forestry work plans (miles targets) within budget guidelines, addressing work needed to ensure reliability, addressing customer requests for work and addressing customer concerns for work being performed
  • Oversees 80-100 contract clearing crews and approving completed work that meets specifications
  • Supervises employees and must work as a team with Engineering and Community Services employees to accomplish reliability and communication goals
  • Responsible for managing revenue generating work activities in a geographic area including bidding jobs and managing work to ensure positive returns
  • Typically manages a budget of approximately $10-15 million dollars and oversees the contract workforce used to complete this work.


Requirements/ Qualifications


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Forestry OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5-7 years of exempt work experience in Forestry Operations


Preferred Qualifications


  • Safety Leadership
  • Operational Leadership (Scheduling, setting clear expectations, contractor management, QA validation)
  • Ability to interact with internal and external clients to identify, research and analyze situations to resolve highly advanced problems
  • Ability to solve complex problems; taking new perspectives using existing solutions
  • Communications skills (Customer and Internal)
  • Conflict Management
  • Forestry Technical and Specification Knowledge
  • Ability to effectively supervise and develop lower level employees
  • Emergency Restoration Knowledge and Leadership Commitment


Hours and Travel


This position requires the individual work 40 hours per week with 90% of time spent in specific field locations.


Must possess a valid driver’s license.  Maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned worksite.  Meet travel requirements of the position.  Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.


Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.
  • Frequently is required to navigate rough terrain, step over logs, duck under brush and follow game trails.
  • The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to twenty-five pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The noise level on the field site is often loud.
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Nearest Major Market: Saginaw

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