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Vegetation Management Manager - MN Job

Location(s): MN - St Paul; MN - Edina; MN - Mankato; MN - Maple Grove; MN - Minneapolis; MN - Newport; MN - St Cloud; MN - White Bear Lake


Are you ready to take your leadership potential to the next level with a growing Fortune 500 company?  Xcel Energy is at the leading edge of an industry that is changing quickly. We’re seeking dynamic, proven leaders to help guide us into this exciting energy future. If you’re looking to lead at a company that is committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship, with plenty of room to grow, consider a position at Xcel Energy.  We also invest in our leaders.  From specific programs for new and aspiring leaders to just-in-time resources to support the seasoned manager, we provide development for any stage of their career.



Position Summary

Responsible for long-term strategy and tactical plans to recommend and implement Vegetation Management (VM) initiatives. Directs staff and contractor resources with emphasis on safety, customer satisfaction, quality improvement, and regulatory compliance according to established policies and procedures. Ensures compliance with federal, state and local requirements. Leads strategic leadership with internal and external stakeholders to support VM goals. This position can be filled at one of the following locations: MN, St Paul - MN - Edina, MN - Mankato, MN - Maple Grove, MN - Minneapolis, MN - Newport, MN - St Cloud, MN - White Bear Lake

During COVID-19 Pandemic this position may require the ability to temporarily work remote within the company service territory until company protocol dictates return to the office criteria has been met.

Essential Responsibilities


  • Planning & Strategy: Oversees the development of the long-term strategy and alignment of VM for the assigned geographic area. Negotiates annual performance targets with VM management, OpCo leadership, and VM contractors and ensures synchronization with Project Managers. Lead VM staff in developing, testing, and implementing new technologies for VM program.
  • Compliance & Regulatory: Responsible for compliance with Company standards, NERC and federal, PSC/PUC and state, local and DOT regulations. Addresses environmental issues as they relate to VM activities. Oversees annual contractor training (e.g. NERC/FERC Compliance, process map review, avian protection, etc.). Ensure annual staff training is completed.
  • Contract Administration: Directs contract administration strategy. Promotes, conducts and ensures completion of field checks/audits of VM contractor work. Approves various invoicing and time reporting. Validates monthly scorecards and productivity reports. Work with VM management and Sourcing on multiyear VM supplier contracts. Maintain requirements of Contractor Safety program and Security screening process.
  • Operations Management: Manage O&M budgets. Leads VM tactical operations for facilities while driving the achievement of all established targets and performance measures. Leads emergency storm work response efforts as needed on a 24/7 basis. Facilitates and provides technical expertise related to fieldwork.
  • Team Development: Attracts, recruits, manages and retains staff. Establishes and communicates clear performance expectations and manages employee performance. Remove obstacles, resolves variances and works closely with supervisor and contractor management to identify "best-value" crew complement and special maintenance requirements.
  • Relationships/Communications: Develops working relationships and communicates with appropriate internal and external stakeholders regarding maintenance plans, customer complaints, refusals, inquiries and damage claims. Leads daily management and problem-solving initiatives to ensure adherence to standardized process and identification of gaps in procedures.

Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Arboriculture, Business or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience in utility vegetation management operation or similar field, is also preferred.
  • At least 5 years of management experience required.
  • Knowledge of electric system construction, operations and maintenance, a strong business acumen and technical skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of PC and mainframe computer applications and analytical software (VMS) is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple activities and develop effective working relationships with diverse work groups.
  • International Society of Arboriculture Arborists Certification and Certified Applicator pesticide license or equivalent is preferred.



This position requires a behavioral assessment prior to being considered for an interview.




As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  MN - St Paul || MN - St Paul; MN - Edina; MN - Mankato; MN - Maple Grove; MN - Minneapolis; MN - Newport; MN - St Cloud; MN - White Bear Lake || United States (US) || Operations || 61585:Veg Mgmt & Pole Integrity || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $82,700 to $117,566 per year

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Requisition Number: 34907

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