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.
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.
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. drivers license. **You are required to submit proof of the drivers 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 OPMs website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
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: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.
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. http://www.sss.gov.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.
Aviation Maintenance Inspection Conducts aircraft and aviation ground support equipment maintenance inspections in support of natural resource or special use missions.
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:
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.