UH-1 VRLL Fire Pilot – Washington

Aircraft Pilot 2, Rotary Wing Aerial Firefighter

Department of Natural Resources •

Olympia, Washington, USA

Position Type:

Department of Natural Resources

Job Description:

Aircraft Pilot 2, Rotorywing Aerial Firefighter
Recruitment #2022-12-3748
Part-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Olympia, WA

Review of applications is ongoing. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 12/22/22. It is in the applicant’s best interest to apply as soon as possible.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Looking for a fast-paced, exciting, and rewarding career in Wildfire? The Wildland Fire Management Division – Aviation Section has an opening for an Aerial Wildland Firefighter Helicopter Pilot. DNR Aviation utilizes 10 modified Bell UH-1H helicopters to aid in fire suppression across the state of Washington. You will be responsible for safely piloting the aircraft at low-altitudes, and in mountainous terrain. The mission profile of our helicopters includes Bambi Bucket, Belly Tank, and internal/external Cargo Delivery. Additionally, you will perform fire reconnaissance, detection, photography and Helitack Crew Insertion/Transport.

This position requires a motivated individual that works effectively in a team environment, but also possesses the ability to operate and make split-second decisions independently. You will be required to communicate effectively with aircrew, ground personnel, and other aerial resources in order to accomplish your objective. The ability to multitask is paramount, as you will be monitoring and communicating on multiple radio frequencies both enroute, and while actively engaged in Wildfire Suppression.


  • Critical decision making
  • Autonomy
  • Leadership
  • Effective communication
  • Public Safety and emergency response
  • Aircrew/aircraft deployment, safety, and supervision

Job Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent.
  • Basic Computer Skills.
  • 1,500 Flight Hours Pilot in Command – Helicopter.
  • 250 Flight Hours Helicopter Pilot in Command in Helicopter Turbine Aircraft.
  • 200 Flight Hours Helicopter Pilot in Command in a Mountainous area as defined by 14 CFR 95 Subpart B – Designated Mountainous Areas.
  • 100 Flight Hours – Helicopter Pilot in Command within the preceding 12 months or as approved by Appointing Authority/USFS/DOI.
  • 100 Flight Hours – Helicopter Pilot in Command in Type II/III helicopter (<12,500 lbs).
  • 25 Flight Hours Pilot in Command or the ability to receive 50 hours within the first 3 months of hire in a Type II UH-1H helicopter or equivalent (B205, B212, B412).
  • 10 Flight Hours Helicopter Pilot in Command external load/Vertical Reference/Longline operations.
  • FAA Current Flight Review IAW 14 CFR 61.56 or a FAA Pilot Proficiency Check 14 CFR Part 135 or Current Military APART.
  • Successfully pass annual DNR flight and oral evaluation given by the DNR Chief Pilot or designated Pilot Trainer to the WA DNR Aviation Training Manual Standards.
  • Ability to function collaboratively with peers in a fast paced, stressful environment.
  • Ability to consistently make sound decisions with little to no direct supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence

Working Conditions:

  • This position performs work principally under field conditions. Work schedules can be changed by agency supervisors with minimal notice. Weekend and evening work is routine and includes extensive travel. Considerable travel is required.
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to conduct pre-flight inspections including: climbing in and on aircraft, climb ladders, climb under aircraft.
  • Ability to lift packages, boxes, parts, or equipment of up to 45 pounds for transport in aircraft.
  • Ability to work long hours (up to 12 days straight, of 14 hours each day and 8 hours of flight), particularly during the summer months, with frequent overtime related to fire suppression emergencies.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel heavily within the state and sometimes in bordering states during fire season.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Successfully meet all requirements for annual pilot agency qualification and OAS/USFS longline flight and oral evaluation (Including 75/150 ft. longlines, buckets/cargo, belly tank, snorkel & mirror) to Interagency Practical Test standards within 3 months of hire then at a minimum triennially thereafter as directed by OAS/USFS in accordance with NWCG Standards for Interagency Cooperator Type 2 and 3 Helicopters (PMS 525-1)
  • Possess a current and valid Federal Aviation Administration Airline Transport Pilot – Helicopter or Commercial Pilot license – Helicopter.
  • Possess a current and valid Class 1 or 2 FAA Medical Certificate which is valid for the entire fire season (March thru November of the current or upcoming fire season).
  • Must successfully complete IAT online courses MH-1, MH-2, MH-3, and A-110 within 30 days of hire and then every 36 months thereafter.
  • Must successfully complete DNR Agency required classes within 30 days of employment.
  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to complete their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (be fully vaccinated against COVID-19) or be approved for a medical or religious exemption and accommodation as a condition of employment. Please note, any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status or having an approved medical or religious exemption and accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved exemption and accommodation. “Fully vaccinated” means the following: An employee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen) authorized for emergency use, licensed, or otherwise approved by the FDA or listed for emergency use, or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 100 Flight Hours Helicopter Pilot in Command in UH-1 Huey Helicopters.
  • 10 Hours Longline/Vertical Reference Pilot in Command Solo Flight Time.
  • FAA Helicopter Instrument Rating with 50 hours of Helicopter Pilot in Command, Instrument flight time logged.
  • 14 CFR Part 133/135/137 Pilot in Command Helicopter experience.
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor, US Military Instructor Pilot, and/or Instrument Flight Examiner Qualification.
  • FAA Helicopter Airline Transport Pilot.
  • Qualified (carded) as an Interagency Helicopter pilot with mission approval for:
    • Mountainous Terrain
    • Low-Level & Reconnaissance
    • Ext Load >50’ Longline VTR
    • Snorkel / Mirror
    • Water / Retardant Bucket
  • Qualified as a Washington DNR Aerial Wildland Firefighter Pilot Basic/Advanced/Trainer.
  • Incident Command System Qualifications.
  • Safety Management System (SMS) Familiarly.

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:

  • Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:

  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html for more information.

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov. You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • Complete all supplemental questions.

Required Attachments:

  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • FAA Certification of Airmen Privileges within last 30 days
  • FAA Pilot Certificate (Front & Back)
  • FAA Class I or II Medical certificate (Within last 12 months)
  • Bi-Annual Flight Review, Part 135 PIC Check or US Military APART record within the last 12 months
  • Last 2 complete pages of flight logbook
  • Copy of Driver License and/or US Passport

Optional Attachments:

  • Longline/vertical reference certificate/endorsement. (if applicable)
  • Any applicable factory training certificates.
  • Any applicable military training courses.
  • Any Letters of Reference/Recommendation.
  • OAS/USFS Pilot Card or a completed FS Form 5700-20A (if applicable)FAA ASEL/MEL Certificate
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor Certificate (Front & Back)

Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.

Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service!

The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at [email protected] Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

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Questions? Please contact Chief Pilot Rich Knoth at [email protected], (360) 764-6494 or e-mail us at [email protected]

Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email [email protected]

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Department of Natural Resources
1111 Washington St SE
Olympia, Washington 98504-7033 USA

At DNR you’ll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state’s natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you’ll work with the public’s interest in mind as we manage more…

A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit http://careers.wa.gov/benefits.html for more information.

Supported Manufacturers:

Supported Models:
B205, UH-1H, B212, B412

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