Forest Service Jobs – Helicopter Inspector Pilot

Website U.S. Forest Service

Job Description:

THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. This type of announcement provides the Forest Service with a readily available source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the location and grade for which you applied. Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on theForest Service website.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates and determines the suitability and capability of contractor employed pilots for approval to perform special use skills to perform special use skills such as fire suppression.
  • Perform special use skills such as retardant delivery, external load/longline vertical reference, rappel operations.
  • Periodically reevaluates pilot qualifications for performance of various mission applications through the administration of flight checks.
  • Maintains a program of recurring visits involving personal contacts with USDA Forest Service and Interagency personnel supervising operations and aviation operators providing contractual services.
  • Evaluates safety of operations, training practices, suitability of aircraft, efficiency with which equipment is used, mechanical condition of equipment used, aircrew proficiency, adequacy of communications, development of equipment and standards.
  • Participates in or conducts surveillance and inspection of USDA Forest Service and contractor facilities to ensure compliance with department regulations, contract specifications, and quality control plans.
  • Serves as a team member for the aircraft contract compliance and renewal process for all contractor and cooperating federal, state and local agency aviation operations for the assigned geographical area.
  • Provides expert technical advice to the regional and national helicopter programs as a principle advisor in the development and implementation of policies, programs and standard practices for helicopter operations and specialized projects.
  • Provides oversight in the planning, development and performance of specialized missions for the Forest Service and cooperator units in the use of helicopters to perform high risk activities such as longline vertical reference operations.
  • Serves on the regional and national helicopter contract evaluation panel as a technical expert regarding aircraft performance and capability.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of regional helicopter programs. Continuously evaluates their effectiveness. Establishes and revises standards and procedures as needed.
  • Serves as pilot-in-command (PIC) of rotorcraft for the purpose of conducting missions to include point-to-point transportation of personnel and cargo, utilization of special use skills such as fire suppression, retardant delivery, external load.
  • Serves as pilot-in-command (PIC) of rotorcraft for the purpose of conducting missions to include rappel operations, aerial ignition, search and rescue, air tactical missions and precision high and low level reconnaissance activities.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
  • This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter. Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results.
  • Minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required.
  • Willing to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).
  • Some Fire positions may have Conditions of Employment such as: a valid state driver’s license; a commercial driver’s license (CDL); pre-appointment and random drug testing; or a physical or medical examination.
  • There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed here, however applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.

Job Details:

Company: U.S. Forest Service

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Functions: Other

Job Location: Sacramento, CA, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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