Zoe Jacobson is a jill-of-all-trades for Southern California Edison’s utility vegetation management (UVM) team. Calling her role as assistant supervisor a “catch-all,” Zoe handles everything in terms of customer relations--including organization, management of special projects, analysis pending work reports, handling customer requests, responding to safety actions, and submitting driver qualifications.
Zoe’s father is a third-generation tree trimming business owner. Growing up around trees and nature, Zoe followed her father’s footsteps and spent time working for several landscaping businesses in various capacities, from a gardener to an office manager to an account manager. After becoming an ISA certified arborist in 2019, Zoe started to look for new opportunities and found Davey and UVM. “I thought it was exciting and an unknown part of the horticulture world that was a new learning opportunity,” she says.
When she entered the landscape industry, Zoe felt intimidated by breaking into a male-dominated field. As time went on and she built strong relationships with her colleagues, she became more confident about the strength and value she brings to her role.
Zoe encourages other women interested in the utility field to find that same confidence. “Be fearless, be unapologetic in your self-advocacy,” she says. “Befriend mentors and soak up as much of their wisdom as you can. If this industry speaks to you, there’s absolutely a place for you in it.”