B206 Public Service Pilot – Utah

Helicopter Pilot

$23.19 – $36.17 Hourly
Salt Lake County, UT
Job Type
Part Time
570 Department of Agriculture and Food
Job Number
10/6/2020 11:59 PM Mountain
Christa Rowland, 801-538-4826
# of Openings
350 N Redwood Rd Salt Lake City, Utah
This position is not eligible for benefits.
Background Check
You must successfully pass a criminal history check.
Schedule Code
TL – Time Limited – At will: Employees in this position serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer in an at will status and may be terminated at any time without cause. This is not a career service position.
Driver License Requirements
Employees hired for this recruitment will be subject to the Driver Eligibility standards found at the following link: https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r027/r027-007.htm#T3

Job Title:  Airfraft Pilot

Job Description:
This position is that of a Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Pilot (helicopter).  The primary purpose of this position is concerned with the pilot duties and responsibilities in support of UDAF/WS operations to protect livestock and wildlife resources from predatory animal damage. Assignments involve flying aircraft over unfavorable terrain.  A very high degree of skill is required because of flight procedures, maneuvering and environmental factors.  The incumbent must be able to navigate visually to mission area in remote areas by use of terrain features rather than standard or typical navigations equipment.  The incumbent must have the ability to maintain visual contact with target animals while avoiding ground structures or terrain features.  The incumbent is required to fly very precise patterns, close to the surface and at slow air speeds.  Assignments or mission requirements may be further complicated by performance of a number of tasks requiring precise timing and execution.  Other situations typical of this position, such as firearm usage, may result from constant diversions or division of attention from flying the aircraft and require immediate response on the part of the pilot to take immediate corrective action to avert an incident.  Typical missions are flown during daylight hours under visual conditions with extreme variances of temperature, wind conditions, high density altitudes, and over unfavorable terrain, e.g., mountains, forest, or deserts with responsibility for operating from confined or isolated areas.

Major Duties:
The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pilots a helicopter aircraft with crew member or observer on board for the purpose of locating and/or shooting predatory animals and feral swine or aiding ground crews in providing such assistance in other situations requiring aerial surveys, census, etc.
  • Ensures scheduling and completion of routine and non-routine maintenance and airworthiness of aircraft placed under their responsibility in accordance with WS APHIS Aviation Operations manual.
  • Receives recurrent flight training and provides training and instruction to other WS personnel in the proper procedures and techniques of shooting from aircraft, safety aspects, and program policies regarding aircraft operations.
  • Conducts safety evaluations of personnel participating in aerial activities and on aircraft used in WS operations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the State Director/Commissioner of Agriculture.


  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel will be required

Minimum eligibility requirements for positions in this occupation are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the position.

Certificates and Ratings:  Candidates must possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating.  An Instrument Rating or the military equivalent rating is also required.  The pilot certificate must include the rating(s) appropriate to the work of the position to be filled.

Note: Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate.  Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable, e.g., an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

Flight Experience:  Candidates must demonstrate possession of the knowledge and skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements, including recent flight experience.  The categories in which candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency relate to (1) the general knowledge and skills to pilot the aircraft, and (2) the specific knowledge and skills related to the particular position being filled.  Only that flight experience that is directly related to the work of the position is required for purposes of establishing minimum eligibility.

MINIMUM FLIGHT HOUR OPM REQUIREMENTS (applies to all applicants)

  1. Total Flight Time – 1500 hours.  Flight time as pilot-in-command or copilot in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirement.
  2. Pilot-In Command – 250 hours.  Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.
  3. Night Flying – 75 hours.
  4. Flying Time Last 12 months – 100 hours.

The following requirements are used to determine whether an applicant fully qualifies for this position.  Therefore, it is MANDATORY that all applicants meet this requirement in order to receive further consideration for this job vacancy.  Applicants must demonstrate that they have the knowledge and experience of the SPF listed below.  Evidence of this experience must be documented in your resume.  Applicants who fail to meet this requirement and/or address the SPF may lose further consideration:

  • 100 hours PIC in appropriate class size helicopter (Bell 206 Jet Ranger or equivalent)
  • 100 hours in a helicopter equipped with a turbine engine
  • 200 hours PIC time in the preceding 12 months, including 50 hours in the preceding 6 months of low-level flight over hazardous or mountainous terrain, and operations conducted from unimproved helipads at high-density altitudes, in applicable operations
  • 250 hours experience as PIC for wildlife damage management operations; or
  • 250 hours experience as PIC for aerial live capture, darting, or tagging/marking operations in which the helicopter was consistently flown and maneuvered close to the surface: or
  • 500 hours experience in agriculture application operations or similar WS type flying experience.
  • Ability to fly in low level conditions
  • Land on unimproved and/or remote terrain
  • Ability to fly in adverse weather conditions

At the time of initial appointment, candidates for all pilot positions must possess a current first or second-class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations.

The Agency:
If you would like to read more about working for the Department of Agriculture and Food please click here.

Supplemental Information

  • Must obtain or have a valid U.S. driver’s license.  Operation of state government-owned or leased vehicles is required. (if this applies)
  • As a condition of employment, appropriate security clearance is required for this position.
  • Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.
  • After successfully passing the initial screening, the New Hire pilot enters the Aviation Training and operations Center (ATOC) WS New Hire/Contractor Pilot training program. The New Hire/Contractor Helicopter Pilot Training Program consists of a minimum 40 hours flight time, and 80 hours ground instruction specific to WS helicopter aerial operations. Helicopter training shall be conducted at the WS ATOC.
  • Required to fly very precise patterns close to the surface (ground level to 200 feet) at slow speeds (60 knots or less).
  • Typical missions are flown during daylight hours under visual conditions with extreme variances of temperature, wind conditions, high density altitudes, and over unfavorable terrain (e.g. mountains, forest or desserts).
  • Must have a knowledge of and be capable of using:
    • Working with the public and other cooperating agencies
    • Communication skills
    • Electronic equipment (GPS, Trimble, computer)
  • Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices, and equipment.
  • In order to perform the essential duties of this position, you must have the legal and physical ability to possess and discharge firearms. You must be able to pass a government background check and meet any additional requirements to carry and use firearms. A background check will include answering questions about where you’ve lived, worked, went to school, and any military history or police records. Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check).

Source: State of Utah Job Opportunities | WorkLife Elevated

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