Vegetation Mgmt Intern (Sophomore, Junior or Senior)

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy

St Paul, MN, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

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.

This position will not start until May 2024!!!

Xcel Energy Vegetation Management is responsible for maintaining the vegetation surrounding 72,000 miles of overhead powerlines. This requires a unique blend of understanding tree biology, electrical infrastructure, environmental laws and regulations, human psychology, and much more.

Work as an entry level utility forester to support department staff in performing a variety of tasks including, but not limited to field work quality assurance / control (QA/QC) audits, answering questions from Xcel Energy customers, contractor crew observations, and performing data integrity checks and data entry in a geospatial work management system. It is likely over half of your time will be outside of the office in the field in collaboration with a department member or on individual assignments.

Participate in various departmental meetings or teams, as well as learning more of the Utility Vegetation Management industry through ride-alongs and shadowing department staff and contractor personnel in a variety of roles. Through practical operations experience and mentoring, a successful candidate will gain significant professional confidence and people skills.

This will be a summer opportunity with the potential to extend into a school semester. The candidate should be able to work up to full-time during the summer and 10-20 hrs./wk. during a school semester.


  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and pursuing a degree in Forestry, Arboriculture, Biology, or related field.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and have computer experience and working knowledge of Microsoft business suite programs.
  • Ideal candidate will be willing to work full-time hours during summer months.
  • Will require a valid driver's licenses and personal vehicle to travel within the Twin Cities between local sites- mileage reimbursement available.

    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.

    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.

    Non-BargainingThe anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $18.40 per hourThis position may also be eligible for the following benefits: Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Personal holidays

    Pay and benefit packages may vary based on position. Some employees are under collective bargaining agreements, which determine the benefits they will receive. If the information conflicts with the terms of the written plan documents governing the plan, the plan document will control. Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

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