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Job Title:Aviation Safety Compliance Specialist, GS-1801-12/13

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Job Announcement Number:OS-EG-13-MM812064 (DEU)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $106,309.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 04, 2013 to Friday, April 5, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Boise, ID United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Islanders. 

This position is located in the Office of Aviation Services (OAS), Western Regional Office in Boise, ID. The Regional Office provides safety oversight for all DOI fleet and contractor aircraft operations for a large geographical area through aircraft and equipment inspection. The incumbent is responsible for administering flight checks in fixed and/or rotary wing aircraft for the purpose of issuing/withdrawing authorization cards for mission specific applications, providing safety evaluations of aircraft and equipment used in missions, pilots aircraft, and provides evaluations of facilities performing maintenance on DOI aircraft. 

This vacancy is also announced as OS-EG-13-MM815920 (MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.

CUT-OFF DATES: Applications received by the first cutoff date of February 4, 2013 will be referred to the selecting official.  Subsequent cutoff dates are: March 6, 2013 and April 5, 2013 (closing date).  Qualified applicant resumes received by each cutoff date will be referred to the selecting official.




  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses WILL be authorized.
  • Travel of 11 or more nights per month may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


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At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

• Serves as a pilot-in-command (PIC) of rotary wing aircraft for point-to-point transportation, testing, and evaluating aircraft, and assessing pilot qualifications.
• Evaluates the capabilities of private contractors to perform special use flight activities such as aerial photo, fire suppression, water landing (float or hull), rappel operations, short haul, long-line, water bucket, aerial ignition, animal capture, tagging and eradication, offshore platform/vessel landing, over water and extended over water, search and rescue and precision low-level reconnaissance flights associated with a wide variety of natural resources missions. Issues initial qualification cards for mission-specific applications, periodically reevaluates pilot’s qualifications for performance through flight checks, determines pilots continued ability to perform mission requirements to issue or withdraw the qualification card, and provides follow-up flight checks.
• Provides technical aviation assistance with Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureaus/Offices for evolving or changing programs that require aircraft support and determines mission aviation requirements, types, and numbers of equipment needed to support the program.
• Maintains a program of recurring visits involving personal contacts with Bureau personnel supervising operations and aviation operators providing contractual services.
• Leads or conducts surveillance and inspections of diverse types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft, pilots, and ancillary equipment to ensure maintenance and safety compliance with contract requirements and DOI, AMD, Federal Aviation Regulations and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and other Federal regulations.
• Identifies and resolves technical problems related to safety and adequacy of operations, qualifications, and proficiency of pilots, training deficiencies, suitability of aircraft for missions performed, and efficient utilization of equipment.
• Maintains a program of recurring visits involving personal contacts with Bureau personnel supervising operations and aviation operators providing contractual services.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:

Specialized Experience Requirement

GS-12: To qualify for the GS-12 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (­­­GS-11).  Specialized experience is defined as: experience piloting rotary wing aircraft, conducting pilot check flights, and performing compliance inspections on associated ground equipment.


GS-13: To qualify for the GS-13 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (­­­GS-12).  Specialized experience is defined as: experience piloting rotary wing aircraft, utilizing aviation resources related to natural resource missions such as mountain flying, low-level flying, wild-land fire activities, and/or external loads to conduct pilot check flights and perform compliance inspections on a variety of ancillary ground equipment.

In addition to the OPM qualifications above, you must meet the Department of the Interior, Department Manual, Aviation Management, part 351 qualification standards below.

Certification/ Licensing

You must possess current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates and Ratings as follows: **You are required to submit proof of the certificates and ratings with your initial application. Failure to provide documentation will result in disqualification from consideration for this position.

1. You must possess current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with rotocraft-helicopter ratings;

2.   FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) or Military Equivalent- Must possess a CFI at time of employment or qualified and willing to obtain CFI within 6 months of entry of employment. Note: CFI must be obtained within 6 months of employment or candidate will be found ineligible for position and terminated.

3.    Current Class I or II Medical Certificate.

Flight Experience

You must demonstrate possession of the knowledge and skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements including recency of flight experience. The categories in which you are required to demonstrate proficiency related to the particular position being filled are (1) the general knowledge and skills to pilot aircraft , and (2) the specific knowledge and skills required of the position to be filled. **Your application and/or resume must contain the mandatory flight requirements listed below. Failure to include the information will result in an ineligible rating. Flight hours will be verified through log books upon interview.


1.   1500 hours Pilot in Command in rotor wing aircraft

2.   100 flight hours turbine powered rotor wing aircraft

3.    100 flight hours as Pilot in Command in rotary aircraft in last 60 months

4.    75 flight hours night flying in rotor wing aircraft

5.    24 hours Pilot in Command flight hours in rotor wing aircraft within the last 12 months

6.    200 hours as Pilot in command flying single pilot vertical reference long line conducting Natural Resources or fire suppression missions for a federal/state/tribal natural resource or fire protection entity (must be substantiated in resume).

NOTE: During the interview process, the candidates will be expected to produce a Pilot Logbook to substantiate the minimum qualification requirements and flight experience. The aeronautical experience entries shall be organized in a manner acceptable to the FAA Administrator as indicated in 14 CFR 61.51 (b).

Conditions of Employment

Driver's License: You will be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid U.S. driver’s license. **You are required to submit proof of the driver’s license with your initial application. Failure to provide documentation will result in disqualification from consideration for this position.

Physical Demands: The work requires moderate physical activity of short duration such as associated with flying in adverse weather conditions and when evaluating advance pilot skills in special use or low level reconnaissance missions. Inspection work requires considerable standing, bending, stooping; and reaching in confined spaces.

Working Conditions: The work is performed in an office setting, aircraft hangers, aircraft cockpits and out-of-doors. When pilot check flights are performed and actual emergency conditions are simulated, the employee may be subject to considerable stress and extreme heat or cold weather conditions.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website:

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

This position is subject to pre-employment drug testing and is subject to future drug testing.

Pre-employment Physical is required.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire  Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. 


Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.


There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement


Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.


Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (Online Questionnaire) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.  Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Aviation Maintenance Inspection – Conducts aircraft and aviation ground support equipment maintenance inspections in support of natural resource or special use missions.

Rotor-Wing Pilot Evaluations Inspection – Performs evaluations of rotary-wing pilots ability to perform a variety of natural resource/ special use flights and issues qualification card for mission specific applications.

Aviation Regulations – Interpret and apply federal aviation regulations (FAR) and organizational specifications to evaluate pilot proficiency and aircraft maintenance.

Leadership – Inspires, motivates, guides others toward goals; coaches, mentors, challenges staff; adapts leadership styles to various situations; models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for individuals by applying these values daily.

Analytical Thinking – Able to breakdown raw information and undefined problems into specific, workable components that, in turn clearly identify the issued at hand. Makes logical conclusions, anticipates obstacles, and considers different approaches that are relevant to the decision making process.

Oral Communication – Express information (e.g., ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; attends nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Technology Management – Integrates technology into the workplace; develops strategies using new technology to manage and improve program effectiveness; understands the impact of technological changes on the organization.


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at .


Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 


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To Apply Online
• Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register.
• Answer the Questionnaire in its entirety and click on SUBMIT my answers.
• UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents.
• To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at .
• Click on Application Status.
• Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue.


We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.
To Apply by Fax:
• Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX found here.
• Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

• When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.


Combination Online/Fax:
• Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register.
• ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers.
• Print the official FAX coversheet found here 
• Clearly include the Vacancy Identification Number MM(812064), SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application.

• FAX the official fax coversheet and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.


All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by (Friday, April 05, 2013).


Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at .\

Your application package must include:

• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.

• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.

• College transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.

• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)

• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)

o If claiming 5 point preference:

• DD-214 (member 4 copy or copy that shows nature of service)

• If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.


o Other Official Documentation (e.g. copy of military orders, campaign documents such as: expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under HONORABLE conditions and that your service meets the OPM criteria for veterans preference to be awarded.
        o If claiming 10-point preference:
     • A completed Standard Form (SF)-15 (available at and the proof required by the SF-15 checklist based on type of preference claimed. 

NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans preference.


HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Agency Information:
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Herndon, VA


If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.

If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates or qualifying under a special appointing authority, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.)

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