The County is seeking qualified individuals or organizations interested in being the Tree Mortality Operations Manager and the RFQ is now open. The Manager will perform management duties related to the mitigation of tree mortality hazards including the coordination of resources, collaboration with partner agencies, strategic identification and prioritization of tasks, recommendation of sub-contractors to perform work on behalf of the County, securing and maximizing available funding and ensuring completed work is done in accordance with established criteria, and public relations and education.
Full criteria can be found in the RFQ which can be found here.
Please note that the deadline is October 28th, 2016.
Q: Do you have a list of defined projects or cost estimates?
A: It is anticipated that tree mortality mitigation efforts will take place within the high hazard zones developed by CAL FIRE. Prospective bidders are encouraged to view CAL FIRE’s Tree Mortality Viewer at http://egis.fire.ca.gov/TreeMortalityViewer/ for location information. Earlier this year, the County received an estimate indicating there were more than 500,000 dead trees in the identified high hazard zones with an estimated mitigation cost around $10 million. The scope and cost of total mitigation has likely risen, but County resources will likely limit the response to areas determined to have the greatest need. The successful applicant will be expected to work with the County and other agencies to identify the highest priority areas within the high hazard zones, identify and define the projects that move forward, and review and adapt the work plan as conditions and priorities change.
Q: My company typically works with some areas of the RFQ, but there are gaps like CDAA reimbursements that are not our specialty. Should we even take the time to create a proposal?
A: It is generally understood that an applicant is not likely to be able to cover the full scope of this RFQ on their own or within a single company. The County’s first interest is to find an operations manager that can oversee and direct the entire project while subcontracting areas that are not their expertise.
Q: Does the county have a preference for either an individual or a company?
A: The County does not have a stated preference but does expect that the successful candidate will coordinate a team of relevant experts. This could be an individual with an expansive professional network or an organization with internal or subcontracted expertise or some combination of the two.
Q: Am I correct in assuming that the successful candidate will report to Public Works and will confine his/her activities solely to roads and other public infrastructure?
A: The successful candidate will find it necessary to coordinate with several County departments including Public Works, Planning and Fire, but they will report to and work closely with the deputy county administrator. Work will be concentrated around county roads and public infrastructure.