Airplane Pilot

Hiring POC

Heather Yates
+1 907-822-7245

Website National Park Service

About the job

This position is located in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve.

This announcement is also being announced to all US Citizens in announcement # AK-1537-WRST-11828725-DE.


As a GS 2181-12 Pilot you will:
Serve as pilot-in-command of single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft equipped with wheels and floats. Aircraft operations involve flights over remote terrain, and are conducted from gravel bars, beaches, unimproved tundra strips, ridge tops, lakes, and swift flowing rivers. Flights may be conducted in adverse weather, turbulence, and at low altitudes.
Perform pre-mission planning, prepares, and files flight plans using flight planning publications and maps, schedules flights for the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve pilot and two Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve owned airplanes, maintains the fixed wing portion of the park aviation calendar, obtains and evaluates aviation weather reports and briefings. Perform preflight maintenance and operational checks on aircraft to determine air-worthiness. Check loading of aircraft to ensure that weight and balance limitations are not exceeded.
Provide staff and aviation support for activities such as the following: park familiarization, transport of people and cargo; establishment and resupply of remote field camps, hunting and subsistence activities monitoring, wildlife and natural resource data collection, search and rescue missions, law enforcement patrols, and other related aviation activities as directed.
During non-flying hours, the position will be assigned other duties. For example, the incumbent may coordinate or assist in emergency operations, including search and rescue, wildfire management, law enforcement and emergency medical operations; provide support to field rangers for criminal investigations.

This is a permanent, career -seasonal, career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service.

Career-Seasonal appointments are permanent positions and include the same benefits as Career appointments, but do not provide work on a year-round basis. You will work from approximately mid-March-mid-November and you will be in a non-pay status for the remainder of the year (mid-November-Mid March).

For more information about the duties of this position, contact Heather Yates at or (907) 822-7245


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship required.
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal civilian employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
Pre-employment and periodic physical examinations required.
You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver’s license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver’s licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 10 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-02/21/2023-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 for each federal position listed as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of qualifying experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either “full-time” (or “40 hours a week”) or “part-time” with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. Failure to adequately provide information needed to determine number of hours worked in each position may result in that time not being credited when evaluating qualifying experience.

For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.

SELECTIVE FACTORS: This position performs duties as an Airplane Pilot (including serving as a pilot in command). Candidates must meet ALL of the following requirements by close of this announcement or they will receive no further consideration for this position. You must provide documentation in your resume or provide certificates for each selective factor by the closing date of this announcement or you will be rated ineligible.
Must possess and maintain a current FAA Commercial Pilot-Airplane or Airline Transport Pilot-Airplane with Single Engine Land and Instrument Rating –or– military equivalent.
Must possess and maintain a FAA Medical Certificate First or Second Class –or– a current military flight physical.
Must have flown a minimum of 1,500 hours total flight time, of which at least 1,200 hours will have been as pilot-in-command (PIC) with 500 hours PIC airplane.
Must have flown 100 hours in the last twelve months
Must have 75 hours of night flying time.
Recent Flight Experience in accordance with 14 CFR 61.57 – Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors.
AND – In addition to the Selective Factors above, to qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualification by close of the announcement: EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: serving as pilot-in-command of a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft; performing pre-mission planning to include filing flight plans; obtaining and evaluating weather. You must include months and hours worked per week on your resume.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level of this announcement.

Additional information

A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected. The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay.

A Recruitment Incentive May Be Authorized for a newly selected employee when appointed to a permanent, temporary, or term position. A Federal employee who is transferring to the National Park Service from another component, bureau or Federal agency and who does not meet the conditions under 5 CFR
575.102 is not eligible for a recruitment incentive.

A Relocation Incentive May Be Authorized for a Federal employee when the employee must move, as directed by the National Park Service (NPS) either through a management directed reassignment or selection for employment, to a different location at least 50 miles away from the one where his/her position of record held at time of selection is currently located, due to a need of the NPS. A relocation incentive is not the same as a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move and, as such, may be granted in conjunction with one another.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations.

Temporary government housing may be available for up to one year.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Physical Demands: The work occasionally requires strenuous physical exertion. As pilot, the incumbent will be required to stay airborne for several hours at a time. Incumbent is required to maintain a valid second class FAA Flight Medical Certificate.

Working Conditions: Work environment will vary from an office, to an aircraft cockpit, to the outdoors. Work may involve exposure to adverse weather, the discomfort of manual work, and the unpredictable hazards involved in law enforcement and wildlife work. Incumbent will be responsible for the unloading and loading of equipment and supplies in and out of aircraft, typically in remote locations. While working on the ground or in the air, the incumbent will be exposed to the extreme conditions of the arctic environment, including temperatures ranging from -40F to +95F, high winds, blizzards, snow, ice, rain, dust, insects and bears. In cases of emergency, help is not readily available, and special safety and survival precautions must be taken.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for situational telework only.

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Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve

P O Box 439

Copper Center, AK 99573


Hiring POC: Heather Yates
Hiring POC Phone: +1 907-822-7245
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