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Firefighter Rotorcraft Pilot – Florida


Date: Jun 6, 2017

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32310

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Requisition No: 8629

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services


Position Number: 42002628

Salary:  $38,659.92 - $49,098.14

Posting Closing Date: 06/12/2017








Brian McKee at (850) 681-5986


Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Commercial Pilot (or better) with Rotorcraft/Helicopter and Instrument-Helicopter ratings. Hold a current FAA Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate.

Requires possession of a valid Class “E” driver license.

In accordance with Florida Statute 633, any person employed in this class must:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent, as the term may be determined by the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services, and at least 18 years of age.
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor relating to the certification or to perjury or false statements, or a felony or a crime punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more under the law of the United States or any state thereof or under the law of any other country, or dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.  “Convicted” means a finding of guilt or the acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in any federal or state court or a court in any other country, without regard to whether a judgment of conviction has been entered by the court having jurisdiction of the case.
  • Submit a fingerprint card to the division with a current processing fee.  The fingerprint card will be forwarded to the Department of Law Enforcement and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by investigation under procedure established by the division.
  • Be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination as prescribed by the division.  Such examination may include, but need not be limited to, provisions of the National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet 1582.
  • Be a non-user of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application, as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile. Work history, hours worked and education are required to qualify for this position.  Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.  Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information***


The incumbent must live within thirty (30) miles of the headquarters which is located at 3266 Capital Circle SW, Tallahassee, Florida by the first day of appointment.

Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed.

Have logged one thousand (1,000) hours of helicopter flight time, including five hundred (500) hours in turbine helicopters.

Florida Statute 633 requires that any person employed in this class obtain a Certificate of Compliance which includes, in addition to the above requirements, satisfactory completion of a fire fighter training program approved by the Division.  No employee shall obtain permanent status unless the Certificate is received.

Applicants who receive a job offer must pass:

  1. Pre-employment comprehensive medical examination
  2. Pre-employment physical fitness test

Post employment – incumbents must pass:

  1. Annual medical examination (pulmonary function and blood pressure)
  2. Annual physical fitness test


Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.


This is a highly skilled position requiring the ability to safely suppress fire and conduct prescribed burns as pilot in command of single engine turbine helicopters.

Pilot helicopters performing aerial suppression of wildfires in initial and reinforced attack by transporting water with helicopter, flying over and releasing water onto fire. Provide aerial intelligence on fire behavior and tactical effectiveness during fire operations. Perform aerial ignition missions utilizing helicopters and machines that drop ignition devices to set fires and reduce fuels for wildfires. Make predictions of fire behavior based on weather and other indicators during aerial suppression or prescribed burning missions. Act as pilot in command in transporting firefighting personnel to wildfire locations and transporting aerial observers on both fire and resource management missions.

Perform preflight inspection, check weather forecasts and file flight plans as appropriate; perform post-flight duties, prepare discrepancy lists, fuel aircraft, ensure security of aircraft and close flight plan; prepare flight logs and process as necessary.

Attend internal training sessions and complete training from outside instructors to maintain currency and proficiency in Federal Aviation Administration ratings and instrument and visual flight rules. Maintain currency as required by agency and insurance policy. Successfully complete required proficiency and physical examinations. Conduct training for other personnel on how to safely and effectively use aircraft to accomplish assigned mission.

Maintain aircraft in a clean, neat and orderly condition. Assist aircraft maintenance personnel with daily inspections and other maintenance as required. Operate aircraft for maintenance operations requiring a pilot. Conduct maintenance operational checks.

Perform other duties as required.


  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • 104 Hours of Paid Annual Leave annually
  • 104 Hours of Paid Sick Leave annually
  • Health Insurance – State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for Individuals and Family coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available.
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction
  • Uniforms provided at no cost


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.


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