[Repost] Helicopter Chief Pilot – Washington

Chief Pilot



$89,753.52 – $126,826.44 Annually


Everett, WA

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Sheriff Special Operations

Opening Date


Closing Date

5/31/2023 at 12:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana


A resume must be submitted to be considered for this position. If you do not submit a resume your application will not be considered.

The primary duties of this position are in support of the County Sheriff’s Office helicopter unit and equipment. Responsibilities include coordinating, monitoring, and developing unit training programs, maintaining Sheriff’s Office aircraft in accordance with appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations.

Job Duties

1. Supervise all aspects of flight training for Sheriff’s Office pilots including conducting pilot proficiency and standardization flights and evaluating prospective pilot applicants; supervise Unit Pilots during the instructional process.
2. Monitor and determine flight status of Unit pilots and aircrew members
3. Maintain Unit training records on all pilot training; schedule biennial flight evaluations and develop monthly training schedules.
4. Supervise the Unit Aviation Safety Officer.
5. Determine airworthiness of the Sheriff’s Office helicopters in consult with maintenance contractor, as necessary; monitor the workmanship of maintenance contractors; assist in the preparation of specifications for additional aircraft equipment or replacement aircraft.
6. Serve as liaison with the contract maintenance facilities; evaluate and schedule maintenance inspections in accordance with manufacturer maintenance directives and Sheriff’s Office requirements; inspect contract work performed.
7. Responsible for aircraft logbook maintenance records, flight logs, and job tags, and performing other duties related to aircraft and equipment to ensure required standards are met.
8. Schedule and conduct maintenance flights, as required.
9. Monitor and manage the annual flight hour budget to include costs for fuel, maintenance, parts, supplies and equipment.
10. Prepare yearly cumulative activity statistics.

11. May serve as a Certified Flight Instructor (helicopter) rating.
12. May perform as PIC for both UH1H and MD500 aircraft.
13. May train and qualify personnel in Night Vision Goggle equipped flight operations

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid FAA commercial pilot’s certificate with a rotorcraft rating, AND possession of a current rotorcraft flight instructor certificate, AND possession of a current second-class FAA medical certificate.

Must have a minimum of 1500 rotary wing flight hours, including at least 1000 as Pilot in Command, 1000 hours turbine, and 150 instructor hours. Must have at least 2 years experience managing an aviation unit including supervision of training, maintenance, and personnel.

Must be a United States citizen; minimum 21 years of age, no maximum age.

In addition to the above minimum licensing requirement a valid Washington State Driver’s License, unrestricted except as to vision, is required at time of appointment.

Employee may be armed at times while on duty and must carry official office identification when armed. Must qualify with a firearm on a regular basis if certified to carry duty pistol. Work may involve strenuous physical tasks.

Desirable qualifications include:

  1. Possession of a helicopter instrument rating certificate
  2. Possession of Night Vision Goggle Instructor qualification
  3. Possession of an Aviation Safety Officer training certificate

Additional Information


Knowledge of:

  • FAA rules and regulations applicable to rotor wing operations and public use aircraft
  • Principles of law enforcement practices and procedures.
  • Federal, state, and county laws, ordinances and charter provisions related to law enforcement and the policies and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Geography of the county
  • Principles and practices of air operations supervision.

Ability to:

  • Analyze and resolve complex law enforcement problems and complex helicopter operations problems
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine proper course of action.
  • Coordinate, supervise and evaluate work of subordinate employees.
  • Develop program plans, implement policies/programs; evaluate work accomplishments.
  • Communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with people regardless of age, sex, social, cultural, or ethnic background.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Sheriff’s Office personnel, personnel of other agencies, and the general public.
  • Assess skills and potential of employees; lead, motivate, and manage unit to ensure staff is organized, responsible and effective.

Positions in this class typically require managing helicopter flight operations; standing for prolonged periods; work outdoors, often in inclement weather; operate a motor vehicle on public roads for travel throughout the county; piloting helicopters for long periods of time throughout the County and adjacent areas in hazardous situations and adverse weather conditions, exposure to hazardous materials, diseases, and airborne/blood borne pathogens; daily wearing protective gear and equipment; precise control of fingers and hand movements; daily strenuous physical tasks; and lifting, moving and carrying objects over 20 pounds.

Shift, holiday, and weekend work is required. Overtime and call back may be required.

Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.
EEO policy and ADA notice

Agency Snohomish County Phone (425) 388-3411
Website http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/2553
Address 3000 Rockefeller Ave M/S 503

Everett, Washington, 98201

Source: Governmentjobs