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Senior Public Safety Specialist (Multiple Locations)

Requisition ID # 17070 

Job Category : Environmental Management / Safety 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location : Mariposa; Napa; Oakhurst; Paradise; Paso Robles; Redding; San Francisco; San Luis Obispo; Santa Cruz; Santa Rosa




Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. And we deliver some of the nation's cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, Together, Building a Better California is not just a slogan. It's the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services. They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.


Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.


Department Overview

The Public Safety Specialist team is part of the Wildfire Safety Operations the overall Wildfire Resiliency and Emergency Management Organization. The Wildfire Safety Operations Center (WSOC) is a new 24/7 facility that monitors and detects wildfires, coordinates PG&E’s response to support first responders during wildfires, manages the Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) process and coordinates and supports field and EOC staff during an emergency.


The WSOC is staffed with 19 full-time staff whose primary responsibility is to monitor and detect wildfires in real-time. In addition to the WSOC staff there are 8 fulltime field based Public Safety Specialists who report to a PSS Supervisor, the PSS primary responsibility is to interface with first responders in the field during wildfires. 


Position Summary

Serves as the primary contact for public safety information in relation to specialized electric or gas emergency response training and exercise support for external stakeholders and other specialized groups within PG&E's service territory. The PSS team is field based and are geographically located in/near the areas they are assigned.

Primary activities during fire season, and year-round as needed, include; monitoring wildfires and reporting on conditions to the WSOC; deploy to wildfires when PG&E infrastructure is threatened and/or the Incident Command Post (ICP) IC requires a PG&E agency representative; provide internal wildfire training; and external First Responder training. Provides rotational on-call response for serious incidents across the service territory to support to regions, divisions and headquarters during emergency event. Provides incident information and threat analysis to PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Operations Center. Incorporates feedback into process and program improvement recommendations presented to Manager. 


The position requires frequent overnight travel and work is often performed during nights, weekends, and holidays as needed.   Coordinates public safety activities and follow-up items with other lines of business including corporate communications, governmental relations, energy solutions and sales, and gas and electric operations. PSS contribute to the department goal by supporting mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery of our communities from emergencies and catastrophic incidents.


There are 5 positions located throughout the PG&E Service Territory. Candidate will need to be familiar with, and live in or near one of these areas.


  • Paradise/Redding
  • Santa Rosa/Napa
  • Santa Cruz/Santa Clara
  • Mariposa/Oakhurst
  • San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles


Job Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with agencies on post event/incident response debrief. Works on proactive development of joint emergency response plans and includes those plans in training exercises.
  • The PSS team responds to wildfires at the wildfire Incident Command Post and will serve as a PG&E agency representative to the Fire Incident Commander
  • Coordinates public safety activities and follow-up items with other lines of business including corporate communications, governmental relations, energy solutions and sales, and gas and electric operations.
  • Facilitates exercise development and execution with the public safety agencies with a focus on providing training and improving knowledge and fostering a robust response relationship
  • Identifies and provides input to and/or develops strategies to mitigate public safety issues, such as evacuations, vegetation management, etc. Collaborates with and influences public agency actions during emergencies to ensure our assets/equipment in the field are protected.
  • Provides public safety communication, education training and/ or materials that enhance public safety, civic and emergency agencies/organizations, contractors, and other utilities. Solicits feedback from public agencies regarding PG&E emergency response time, quality, etc. Incorporates feedback into process and program improvement recommendations presented to Manager.
  • Provides support to regions, divisions and headquarters during emergencies.
  • Serves as an agency representative to public safety agencies during emergencies and provide the PG&E Incident Commander with advice and guidance as needed during response. Helps coordinate PG&E emergency response in the affected area.





  • High School or GED-General Educational Development-GED Diploma
  • Job-related experience, 6 years
  • Experience in training, public speaking, and strong communication skills
  • Computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office software is required.  pa
  • ICS-Incident Command System certification



  • Bachelors Degree in job-related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience as Training Officer, public safety organization
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working for a public safety agency at the Chief Officer or equivalent level.  Type 1 level certification in an ICS Command or General Staff position and previous experience on a Type 1 incident management team is highly desirable. 
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) as well as the incident planning process and have demonstrated experience in applying ICS through the development and execution of Incident Action Plans.  Knowledge and understanding of Cal OSHA health and safety regulations (Title 8).
  •  FEMA-Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Responder certification


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