Website Department of Natural Resources
Fixed Wing – Line Pilot
Part-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA
Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Washington State, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for a Fixed Wing Line Pilot to join the Air Operations Team in the Wildland Fire Management Division. This position will fly the DNR’s first organic multi-mission fixed wing aircraft (MMA), using 2 Kodiak 100’s.
Aerial Firefighting Assignment / Air Attack
Functions as Pilot-in-Command of a DNR assigned Kodiak 100 supporting initial and extended attack wildfire suppression operations including: 1.) Air Attack / ATGS support and; 2.) Coordination of Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) and Fire Traffic Area (FTA) airspace before, during and after an incident. Coordinates airborne firefighting activities with multiple agency aircraft until supervision is passed to the Incident Commander or relieved by another Air Tactical Group Supervisor.
Provides reconnaissance and admin flight support when assigned. Duties include planning and executing flights both VFR and IFR within Washington State and bordering states as required. Transporting personnel/parts/equipment to/from improved and unimproved airports, internal cargo transport (including hazardous materials), and reconnaissance flights in mountainous terrain and over active wildfires.
Maintains the assigned airplane in a rapid response status to support initial attack suppression actions including daily aircraft inspections, oversight of aircraft fuel levels and aircraft cleanliness. Maintains aircraft flight reports and logs. Periodically inventories and inspects assigned equipment. Ensures security of aircraft and installed equipment.
Prepares reports of fire activities and other work performed as required.
Flies/operates assigned aircraft within all limitations specified by WA DNR manuals, as well as in accordance with the Kodiak 100 series FAA approved Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) / Flight Manual.
Training and Evaluations:
Participates in recurrent proficiency flights and evaluations to demonstrate skills needed for this assignment. Performs assessments of flight related documents for the Chief Pilot.
Pilot Maintenance Actions:
Performs field level preventative maintenance on airplanes and related equipment. Performs troubleshooting step for sensors and related extraneous equipment. Under the direction of the Maintenance Supervisor, assists aircraft mechanics during field inspections and repairs as needed. Performs run-ups or flights as needed for maintenance troubleshooting as well as Maintenance Operational Checks (MOC) not requiring a Maintenance Test Pilot (MTP).
Airplane Crew Interaction:
Assists with training observers, ATGS, and support crew members in:
The safe employment of airplane support equipment,
Fuel trucks and aircraft fueling
Visual and voice communications
Map utilization and navigation
Daily aircraft maintenance
Proper techniques for cleaning aircraft
Pre and Post-season duties:
Prepare airplanes for scheduled maintenance and inspections,
Clean airplanes at end of the fire season,
Assist mechanics with certain maintenance actions,
Assist with inventory of state and FEPP assets,
Perform sensor inspections/cleaning and ready’s for long term storage,
Pre-Season base preparation and resourcing,
Duties as Assigned.
High school diploma or equivalent
Basic computer skills
1,500 Flight Hours total time – Airplane
1,200 Flight Hours Pilot-in-Command – Airplane
200 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command in category and class to be flown
100 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command within the preceding 12 months
500 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Cross Country
200 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command in a Mountainous area as defined by 14 CFR 95 Subpart B – Designated Mountainous Areas
100 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Night flight
50 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Instrument – in flight
75 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Instrument – actual/simulated
25 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Make and Model (Daher, Kodiak 100), or the ability to receive 50 hours within the first 3 months of hire.
FAA Current Flight Review IAW 14 CFR 61.56 or a FAA Pilot Proficiency Check 14 CFR Part 135
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
Strong Interpersonal Skills
Ability to function collaboratively with peers in a fast paced, stressful environment
Ability to consistently make sound decisions with little direct supervision
Excellent communication skills both verbally and written
DNR Core Competencies: Personal Accountability
Commitment to Excellence
Conditions of Employment:
A valid driver’s license and 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.
Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
Ability to lift packages, boxes, parts, or equipment of up to 45 pounds into and out of the aircraft for transport.
Ability to work long hours (up to 12 days straight, of 14 hours straight and 8 hours of flight), particularly during the summer months, with frequent overtime related to fire suppression emergencies.
Considerable travel is required 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 flight and oral evaluation Interagency Practical Test standards within 3 months of hire then at a minimum triennially thereafter as directed by OAS/USFS in accordance with NASF Cooperators Aviation Standards for Interagency Fire.
Possess a valid and current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) – Airplane or Commercial Pilot license – Airplane with Instrument Rating.
Possess a valid Class 1 or 2 FAA Medical Certificate which is valid through November of the current or upcoming fire season and then renewed annually thereafter.
Must successfully complete IAT online courses A-100, A-200, SEAT 1/2/3, MTN FLY, MH-1, MH-2, MH-3, and A-110 within 30 days of hire and then every 36 months thereafter.
Must successfully complete WA DNR Agency required classes within 30 days of employment.
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.
100 Flight Hours Airplane Pilot-in-Command in Daher, Kodiak 100
14 CFR Part 133/135/137 Pilot-in-Command experience
FAA Certified Flight Instructor, US Military Instructor Pilot, and/or Instrument Flight Examiner Qualification
FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
Qualified (carded) as an Interagency fixed wing pilot with mission approval for:
2. Mountainous Terrain
3. Low Level
4. Air Tactical
5. Back Country Airstrip
Incident Command System Qualifications
Kodiak/Daher Pilot Factory Training Course in the last 24 months
Safety Management System (SMS) Familiarity
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
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.
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.
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.
A copy of your current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight certificates (front and back).
Airline Transport Pilot or Commercial Pilot License – Airplane with Instrument.
Flight Instructor Certificate
A copy of your current valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Class 1 or 2 medical certificate.
A copy of the last two complete pages of your pilot logbook or official company flight record.
A copy of your current flight review, FAA pilot proficiency check or Military APART.
A copy of your current state driver’s license or US Passport.
A copy of FAA Verification of Certificate Privileges within the last 30 days.
Complete all supplemental questions.
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)
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 DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov. 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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