The Building People
Requisition Number: 2018-066
Job Title: Utility Herbicide Applicator Specialist
City: Phoenix
State: AZ

Company Description

The Building People is a recognized leader in real estate facilities services. Our global organization delivers total lifecycle solutions for clients that integrate technology, buildings, and people to solve today's complex challenges for building owners, occupiers and stakeholders. We empower our clients to maximize the workplace experience and reduce costs without sacrificing quality and reliability. Our strategy leads clients towards the future of facilities through a connected real estate model that propagates new norms to deliver organizational efficiency, sustainability, and savings.

Utility Herbicide Applicator Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

The Building People has a need for a full-time Utility Specialist I (Transmission Utility Herbicide Applicator) supporting the Transmission Lines and Substation Maintenance Division for the Western Area Power Administration, Desert Southwest Regional Office. The employee will provide technical support services and perform the following for field vegetation weed removal at Substations, transmission line rights-of-way (ROW) and Communication sites duties and tasks:
  • TUHA must have all required state licenses/certifications in California, Nevada, and Arizona in order to apply herbicide across WAPA’s Desert Southwest Region, must have a valid driver’s licenses, CPR/first aid, and other related training. Each TUHA will also be required to complete WAPA required training in Cyber Security and DSW Substation and Communication Access.
  • Perform the vegetation removal and treatment activities to assure full compliance with plans, specifications, safety and other contract requirements, including operating safely and within the guidelines of the Minimum Approach Distances per DSW standards.
  • Adhere to all federal, state, and safety best management practices when it comes to vegetation management adjacent to energized facilities including inside a substation or along a ROW.
  • Transport, mix, and apply prescribed herbicide mix(es) in accordance with each product’s label within substations, ROW’s, and access as directed, including adding a visible dye to track product application.
  • To not apply product any higher than one foot off the ground on any buildings, hardware, or other associated features within a substation.
  • Use a weed trimmer or shovel to reduce and remove all taller vegetation within substations and remove material to outside of the fence (All excess vegetation shall be removed, above ground, in its entirety. Grasses under 4” tall may be chemically treated. Taller grasses shall be mowed and treated.).
  • Prepares and submits recommendations to the Technical Representative for the COR concerning any delays and providing documentation and recommendations for potential contract modifications to the tree removal contract.
Knowledge and Experience
  • Minimum one-year experience of working around high voltage electrical power system utility in the maintenance and operations industry to include transmission lines, energized substations, and communication sites.
  • Minimum two years’ experience in herbicide applications and vegetation removal.
  • Knowledge of safety requirements associated with herbicide application within a substation, communication sites and ROWs.
  • Ability to identify various biological communities within the DSW service territory.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations regarding chemical applications and demonstrates experience in transmission utility industry to include knowledge of applicable OSHA vegetation safety standards, FAC-003 requirements, FERC/NERC Standards and requirements.
  • Knowledge of safety requirements associated with working on high voltage equipment and vegetation removal practices.
  • Current pesticide applicator’s licenses issued by Arizona, Nevada, and California, or the ability to acquire them before actual product application.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing. Experience in preparing correspondence, and maintaining official records using the following computer software Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, and Adobe Acrobat.

Required Education

High School Graduate or Equivalent


Work Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, WAPA Desert South West Regional Office. There are some instances when a position may be dispatched to other locations for site visits or longer periods as deemed necessary.

The job requires travel within the servicing Desert Southwest Region and the vehicle is your mobile office. Contractor must be able to communicate in the field with reliability and access to emails, documents, and project information.

Overnight travel is required up to 99% of time, and overtime will in some cases be mandatory based on the required support needed at job sites

Competitive benefits include: 

  • Medical & Rx
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance/AD&D
  • Long Term Disability
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holiday Pay

All positions require a background check after acceptance of our offer. The selected candidate will be eligible to begin employment before the background check has been finalized.  However, continued employment will be contingent upon the results of your reference/background check from The Building People, LLC.  Your position may require special credentialing, clearance, and access as a condition of employment.  In the event the government or client does not sponsor or approve your clearance, it may result in termination of your employment. 

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