Airplane Pilot

Hiring POC

Scott Sample

Website U.S. Department of the Interior

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As an airplane pilot for Western Arctic National Parklands you will:

Serve as pilot-in-command of single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft equipped with wheels, skis, 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, obtains, and evaluates aviation weather reports and briefings. Performs preflight maintenance and operational checks on aircraft to determine airworthiness. Checks loading of aircraft to ensure that weight and balance limitations are not exceeded. Job requires an in-depth working knowledge of safety regulations and procedures. Performs after maintenance run-up and flight checks to ensure correctness of repairs.

Provide staff and aviation support for activities such as the following: 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; plao and corrdinate logistical arrangements for field camps; perform resource management projects including wildlife capture and tracking, population counts, vegetation studies, and erosion monitoring; etc.

Physical Demands: Aviation work frequently requires stressful activities and/or occasionally strenuous physical exertion. This work also requires some manual dexterity and other physical activities (e.g., listening, kneeling, standing, sitting, stooping, talking; walking, loading and unloading personnel and equipment, etc.) in all types of terrain with regard to the normal aviation environment, i.e., airstrips, hangars, tarmacs, lakes, rivers, ponds, and other areas where an airplane may be parked such that an inspection or maintenance of the airplane is likely to be performed. The incumbent must be emotionally, mentally, and physically sound. As pilot, the incumbent may be required to stay airborne for several hours at a time. Incumbent is required to maintain a valid second class FAA Flight Medical Certificate, and to meet minimal physical fitness requirements for emergency services. The temperatures at which NPS aircraft operations, depending on location, can vary from well over 100 degrees to minus 40 Fahrenheit. Aircraft interior temperatures can be significantly hotter. The nature of park missions may expose the incumbent to these temperatures for significant periods of time. Excellent physical conditioning is necessary and self-monitoring for signs of fatigue, hyperthermia and/or hypothermia is essential. Pilot duties require excellent coordination and dexterity to operate aircraft

Working Conditions: The aviation work environment varies from office, to an airplane cockpit, to the outdoors. Work will involve exposure to adverse weather, the discomfort of manual work, and some unpredictable hazards involved in the operation of an airplane or the various mission profiles.

While working on the ground or in the airplane the incumbent will be exposed to the extreme conditions of the artic environment, including temperatures ranging from -40F to +95F, high winds, blizzards, snow, ice, rain, dust, insects, and wildlife. While operating aircraft, incumbent is subject to hazardous conditions. Low altitude flights, various weather conditions, poor communications and flying from/to improved and unimproved airstrips, sandbars, water or now. Terrain is mountainous and unpopulated. Weather can be severe and unpredictable, with weather forecasts not readily available or reliable. In cases of emergency, help may not be readily available and special safety and survival precautions must be taken. Sometimes severe safety and logistical problems will occur requiring prompt and sound judgment. Activities, especially airplane maintenance, may cause exposure to chemicals, fluids, materials, or other solvents utilized when around airplanes that may be hazardous or pose safety concerns.

For more information about the duties of this position, contact Scott Sample at

Requirements 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.

This position is subject to drug testing based on the collateral duty requiring firearms in the back-country or other locations for non-law enforcement reasons such as protection from animals.

Current driver’s license required.

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 20 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.

Pre-employment flight evaluation as described in 351 DM 3.5 to be given byan OAS inspector pilot or bureau certified flight instructor.

Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Pre-employment and periodic physical and respirator fit test.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-01/04/2023-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 submit copy, front and back.
Must possess and maintain a FAA Medical Certificate First or Second Class –or– a current military flight physical. Must submit copy.
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 .

Although not required, a document listing the flight time requirements would be helpful in determining your qualifications for this position.


To Qualify For This Position At The GS-12 Grade Level, You Must Possess The Following Minimum Qualifications 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 hours per week worked in 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(s) 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.

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.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the additional assessments required for this position. A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated ‘ineligible’, ‘not qualified’, or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.

Under Category Rating, Candidates Will Be Rated And Ranked Into One Of Three Categories

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran’s preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
Best Qualified – applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
Well Qualified – applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
Qualified – applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
Planning and Evaluating
Technical Competence
Technical Competence

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires successful completion of additional assessments, including a panel resume review. These assessments measure the critical competencies listed above that are required to successfully perform the job.

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