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Job Title:Helicopter Pilot (Aviation Manager)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Western Area Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:WAPA-13-DE-355

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$103,771.00 to $134,899.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 05, 2013 to Monday, September 16, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Lakewood, CO, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens


Western Area Power Administration - Serving the West with Federal Hydropower. We offer career opportunities in a fast-paced, dynamic electric utility industry. We market federally produced hydropower from more than 50 powerplants across the central and western United States and operate and maintain over 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The Western Area Power Administration is one of four power marketing administrations within the Department of Energy .

(See Frequently Asked Questions for more information).
Where would I be working?
Western Area Power Administration, Corporate Services Office, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Technical Services, Aviation (A7810).
12155 West Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80228
Find out more about living conditions at this duty station.


  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • Relocation expenses may be paid according to budget
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements


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This aviation manager position requires an expert level of experience and skill gained operating rotary-wing aircraft in order to act as pilot in command (PIC) of agency owned single-engine turbine-powered helicopter (Bell Model 407) operating under 14 CFR Parts 91 and 133 programs.  As a back-up pilot, applicant will effectively and efficiently fly and work in a crew environment while maintaining pilot and mission crew coordination, communications and situational awareness, to safely operate in a wire environment which may pose substantial hazards. PIC duties will include conducting flight missions at low above ground level altitudes in a wire environment for the purposes of transmission line patrols. Other mission flight requests may include transportation of Western personnel for the purposes of Microwave facility maintenance, aerial infrared or digital video requirements, facility inspections, or urgent flight requests due to power outages as a result of severe weather and/or equipment failure. Flight conditions will include operations at high density altitudes, mountainous terrain, or extreme cold winter flight conditions. The PIC will make sole determination during flight regarding deviation of route for efficient and safe operations, including interpreting weather reports from the National Weather Service (or other official weather sources) to determine altitude and flight route for VFR flight operations.  As the aviation manager and chief pilot, this position requires an expert level of experience and skill in leading and managing an aviation program, including administration and oversight of: safety, training, aircraft maintenance, staffing, employee performance management, budgeting, financial monitoring and reporting, customer relations, and maintaining positive working relationships with upper management and other agency personnel and programs.


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You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
PILOT QUALIFICATIONS (Total hours must be documented through log books or in resume)
3,000 flight hours as Pilot in Command (PIC) in Rotorcraft-helicopter (single pilot operations).
1,500 flight hours as PIC in Single-Engine Turbine-powered helicopters (single pilot operations).
1,000 flight hours as PIC Mountain Flying experience (above 5,000 ft. Density Altitude and single pilot operations).
1.000 flight hours as PIC Low Level experience (below 500 ft. AGL and single pilot operations).
75 flight hours Instrument or Night Flight as PIC experience (single pilot operations).
10 flight hours as PIC in previous 90 days.
500 flight hours PIC Vertical Reference Long-line external load experience. 
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (If the following documents are not received your application will be incomplete and marked as ineligible for the position)
1.  FAA issued Airline Transport or Commercial certificate with appropriate category and class ratings (commercial privileges, rotorcraft-helicopter).
2.  First or Second Class FAA issued Medical Certificate issued in the past 12 months (must be current at time of application).
3.  FAA issued Flight Instructor certificate with appropriate ratings (rotorcraft-helicopter).
4.  FAA approved Part 133 Pilot Certification to conduct Class A, B and /or C rotorcraft load combinations (either currently hold or previously held).
5.  At a minimum; most recent 2 years of company issued Form 8410 (or equivalent) Airman Competency/Proficiency Check - Part 135.
6.  Copies of Pilot Log Book or company documentation indicating helicopter external load flight hours.
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
Helicopter flight operations –
This helicopter pilot position requires an expert level of knowledge and skill to safely operate a single-engine turbine-powered helicopter as pilot in command (PIC) at minimum safe airspeeds while at low above ground level altitudes involving flight operations within the transmission wire environment. Experience must include the ability to safely hover and land on unfavorable terrain and to position the helicopter in relation to transmission lines, trees and other obstacles. Experience must include the ability to safely hover out of ground effect (OGE) and land at high altitude remote locations where the density altitude (DA) may exceed 10,000 feet. Experience must include the ability to act as PIC in flight conditions that may include, but are not limited to, operations during extreme hot or cold temperatures, take-off and landings to or from high DA locations, and flight operations into mountainous terrain requiring take-off and landings into and out of confined areas or mountain pinnacles during high DA conditions, or during winter in deep snow conditions.
Experience must include an expert level of knowledge and skill required as PIC to conduct precision “Vertical Reference” (Class B & C) long line external load operations in mountainous terrain and high DA conditions.
Helicopter pilot training –
Experience must include an expert level of knowledge and skill as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), conducting all aspects of annual re-currency helicopter pilot flight and ground training in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations CFR 14 Parts 91, 135 and 133 (Class B & C “Vertical Reference” long-line, external load flight operations).
Flight operations planning –
Experience must include a mastery level of knowledge of safety, specifically related to helicopter flight operations in order to ensure the safety of passengers, qualified non-crewmembers, pilot and mission. Specific knowledge required includes;
-Helicopter preflight inspection and determination of airworthiness,
-Briefing of passengers or qualified non-crewmembers related to helicopter safety,
-Develop and communicate all aspects of a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) or Aviation Safety Document (ASD) to appropriate Western personnel,
-Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations,
-All sections of specific Rotorcraft Flight Manual on board each of Western’s helicopters,
-Resources available to obtain, interpret, and accurately apply current and forecasted weather to planned flight route or flight activity to determine whether a particular flight shall be continued or terminated.
-Plan/schedule quarterly or annual transmission patrols and adjust schedule for other reasons such as; mission flight requests, scheduled training, annual leave or illness, cancellations for various reasons, incorporate required aircraft maintenance and in many cases unscheduled maintenance.
-Maintain situational awareness and utilize crew resource management.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do NOT provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.

  1. Ability to manage, plan, direct, organize, control, budgeting, and staffing for all aviation operations and related activities.
  2. Skill in evaluating aircraft charter operations, maintenance, and training programs, including PIC qualifications for Offices to ensure their compliance with Western’s ACSM, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Negotiates with management officials on violations, deficiencies, and other items of concern.
  3. Ability to serves as a backup pilot for all of Western’s field offices, maintaining proficiency and credentials to fly rotary-wing aircraft.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.



Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and above.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits.  You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs

For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page.


Some positions may require completion of a probationary period.
If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position may require overnight travel of 10 days per month. 
If selected, you may be required to complete a one-year supervisory probation period.
The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a recruitment or relocation incentive. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.
This position requires completion of an annual medical examination at Federal expense.
If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination.
You must test negative for illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result.
The employee is expected to be in an on-call status on a rotational basis. While in an on-call status, the employee is required to carry an electronic paging device and will remain within one-half hour travel time of their primary place of residence and will sustain themselves in an able- to- respond- and- perform- work condition.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish the application. Our application system displays a deadline timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder (click the link for more information).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the Apply Now button.
  4. You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to): transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents as listed under Qualifications in the announcement.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process--YOU ARE NOT DONE YET! You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
Your USAJOBS status page may show a complete application even if you have not fully completed the final step of the application process.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form 50 (SF). To verify eligibility, your SF-50 must list series, grade, and position type occupied.
  • Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
  • Veterans: Disabled Veterans, VRA (GS-11 or below), or VEOA eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veteran eligibility program.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


Erika Brau
Phone: 720-962-7109
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-269-9877
Agency Information:
Western Area Power Administration
12155 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO
Fax: 000-000-0000


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