Principal Forester

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Date: Oct 3, 2023

Location(s): Irving, TX, US, 75062

Company: NextEra Energy

Requisition ID:  72444 


NextEra Energy Resources is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and a world leader in battery storage. We provide energy-related products and services that grow our economy, protect the environment, support our communities and help customers meet their energy needs. We are leading the decarbonization of the U.S. economy with our goal to reach Real Zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2045 while improving customer affordability and reliability. Are you interested in creating a cleaner environment for future generations? Join our world-class, innovative team today.


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Job Overview

Employees in this position oversee the implementation of Transmission and Substation vegetation management across 47 states and 4 provinces in Canada. This position also requires the performance of due diligence for ongoing merger and acquisition activities and ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  The individual will develop action plans to improve performance and quality of inspections and work, responsible for the Vegetation Management Inspector role, vegetation management activities for substations, clearing rights-of-way for new construction, and/or communications role with public and regulatory entities.  Since the activities are accomplished primarily using contract resources, a significant part of this position’s responsibility involves contractor management and oversight.  This position is responsible for implementing program activities to ensure some or all the following: Utilities Commission compliance, state/local/ordinance regulatory compliance, franchise agreement compliance, and system reliability during regular weather and natural disasters.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Regularly audits inspections to ensure federal and state regulatory compliance and directly oversees line clearing activities for the regulated Florida utility as well as all NEER and NEET assets in 47 states and 4 provinces in Canada
  • Responsible for designing, scheduling, approving and supervising the work scope of Transmission and Substation vegetation management across 47 states and 4 provinces in Canada
  • Contract Management Support and participate in contract development/award process; monitor performance of contract resources to assure safe work practices, vegetation management procedures/standards adherence, and productivity consistent with NextEra Energy expectations
  • Responsible for working with and coordinating with local electeds and community/county leadership to advocate for legislation and the Right Tree Right Place program which enables customers to not plant trees directly underneath power lines or Rights of Ways (ROWs)
  • Required to support all reactive work including regularly occurring outages, higher impact outage events, major storm restoration events, out of area/state travel as necessary
  • Work with the ROW Manager to address any discrepancies between contractor performance and NEE policies/procedures and expectations
  • Position requires a general understanding of electrical grid engineering standards and coordination with engineering teams to ensure proper clearances and vegetation clearing techniques during pre-construction activities of major work
  • Promotes safety consciousness and adherence to OSHA and company safety requirements in all work activities to achieve an injury-free work environment and motivates and develops employees to ensure an effective and efficient workforce
  • Coordinate activities with Control Center and leaders to ensure proper restoration procedures are followed.  
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Equivalent Experience
  • Experience: 6+ years
  • Valid Driver's License (NON CDL)
  • ISA Certified Arborist

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Experience: 7+ years
  • ISA Certif Arborist Utility Specialist
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certified


Employee Group:  Exempt
Employee Type:  Full Time
Job Category:  Environmental/Chemistry/Rad Protection
Organization:  NextEra Project Mgmt 
Relocation Provided:  No


NextEra Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.


NextEra Energy provides reasonable accommodation in its application and selection process for qualified individuals, including accommodations related to compliance with conditional job offer requirements, consistent with federal, state, and local laws. Supporting medical or religious documentation will be required where applicable and permitted by applicable law. To request a reasonable accommodation, please send an e-mail to, providing your name, telephone number and the best time for us to reach you. Alternatively, you may call 1-844-694-4748. Please do not use this line to inquire about your application status.


NextEra Energy will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


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Nearest Major Market: Irving
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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