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Xcel Energy

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: December 26, 2022
Reference Code: 53245-en_US

Location(s): MN - Newport; MN - Minneapolis; MN - St Paul

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you're looking for.

Position Summary

Responsible for managing the daily field operations and tactical aspects of the wood pole management programs for transmission and distribution (T&D) wood poles across the company's service territory.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provides day-to-day oversight of contractor activities and contract administration related to T&D wood pole assessment & treatment and reinforcement work. Schedules work, resolves operational issues, clarifies specifications and goals, resolves customer issues, and supports operating company personnel with informational presentations and data. Approves contractor activity reports and manages expenditures to budget targets, reviews monthly scorecards and productivity reports, and provides operational performance.
  • Administers the QC audits on completed work to verify compliance with quality requirements. Coordinates schedule for QC inspections, performs QC inspections, confirms the accuracy of the data delivered, prepares detailed and summary reports of the QC results, and leads review of the QC results.
  • Assists in the development of the asset management strategy and annual book of work for poles to be assessed and reinforced. Works with functional areas to determine poles to be assessed, reinforced, and replaced. Proposes and assists in negotiating annual performance targets with Vegetation Management and Pole Integrity, operating company leadership, and contractors. Works closely with contractor management/supervision to identify "best-value" work practices and to best complete special requirements/assignments.
  • Assists in validating the accuracy of the field data supplied by the contract crews. Makes field investigations to determine if field conditions match the corresponding data provided by the contractor, particularly in situations involving reject poles and the remediation of these poles.
  • Provides technical support and field experience to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the wood pole programs by using the collected data to make fact-based changes to the assessments and audits. Proposes changes to enhance the effectiveness of the current specifications and reduce costs.
  • Performs root-cause analysis for distribution wood pole failures and participates in the analysis for transmission wood pole failures.
  • Investigates and provides technical assistance to resolve pole procurement quality issues reported by company field personnel. Coordinates investigation and resolution efforts.

Minimum Requirements


  • Associate's degree in Forestry, Wood Science, or related field (3 years related experience may substitute for the degree)
  • 5 years of experience in utility contactor/crew management, wood pole assessment and treatment, utility design or operations (or related experience providing equivalent knowledge)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated leadership effectiveness.
  • Ability to walk and/or drive for extended periods of time through various terrains and work in all types of weather conditions.
  • Ability to use hand tools, including but not limited to shovels and drills, to properly inspect poles.




  • Bachelor's degree in Wood Science or Forestry is strongly preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge of wood pole assessment techniques.
  • Experience scheduling and managing contractor work activities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using work management applications, databases, and GIS/mapping tools.


Xcel Energy is committed to the safety of its employees and customers, and promotes a Safety Always culture. Because of this, we strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; however, vaccination is not mandatory. After being hired, you will asked to report your vaccination status and dates of vaccination. This information will be maintained confidentially and disclosed only on a need-to-know basis. If you are not fully vaccinated or choose not to disclose your vaccination status you will be required to follow any health-and-safety rules applicable to unvaccinated employees.

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 - Newport || MN - Newport; MN - Minneapolis; MN - St Paul || United States (US) || Operations and Generation || 59369:Pole Integrity Program || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $68,000 to $96,666 per year

This position may also be eligible for the following benefits and/or pay components: Pay - Annual Incentive Program, Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, Health Care Reimbursement Account, Health Savings Account (HSA) (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Limited-Purpose FSA (if enrolled in eligible health plan and HSA), Transportation Reimbursement Account, Short-term disability (STD), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Transit programs, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO) (full-time employees only), Parental Leave

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Requisition Number: 53245
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com


About this Employer

As a leading electric and natural gas energy company, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers across our eight states: Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

Our workforce of more than 12,000 is rising to the challenge of a dynamic, constantly-changing utility industry. One that requires us to be even more customer focused, forward thinking and productive while remaining committed to meeting our customers’ fundamental need for safe, reliable, affordable energy.

With nearly 50% of our workforce eligible to retire in the next five years, there’s never been a better time to come on board. Do you have a passion for renewable energy, like wind or solar? Or care about giving back to the community? You’ll be in a position to directly impact our energy future.

At Xcel Energy, you’ll be challenged, respected and rewarded. You’ll find an ethical team committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship. A dynamic company where you’ll have meaningful work that makes a difference.