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Job Title:Airplane Pilot, GS-2181-12

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Hiring Organization:Western Arctic Parklands

Job Announcement Number:WEAR1035447DEKD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38.98 to $50.68 / Per Hour


Monday, February 03, 2014 to Tuesday, February 18, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Kotzebue, AK View Map


United States Citizens


Q - Sensitive




Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

Kotzebue, with a population of approximately 3,500, is one of the largest Eskimo villages in Alaska. Archeologists working in the parks have found evidence of 11,000 years of human habitation. The Inuit continue to utilize these lands for cultural subsistence practices and this continuity of indigenous people on this landscape is a national cultural treasure. The village is on a narrow peninsula and functions as the hub for 13 smaller villages in the Northwest Arctic Borough and contains modern schools, a community college, and a large medical clinic serving the borough and outlying villages. Off the road system and accessible only by air there are daily scheduled flights to Anchorage with regional service to towns and villages.  Grocery stores, a hotel, three restaurants, cable TV, Internet, and cellular phone service are available. Lying 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle the region spans the northern extents of the boreal forest and vast areas of tundra.  

Recreational opportunities abound in the arctic wilderness. Much of the regional population engages in a subsistence lifestyle and hunting, fishing, and foraging are major activities in the nearby park areas. The western Arctic caribou herd migrates through the region and there are thriving populations of Arctic and sub-Arctic plants, animals, and fish, and internationally significant nesting and breeding grounds for migratory birds. Lava flows, sand dunes, and maar lakes are examples of the diverse geological history of this land. Recreational opportunities abound in the arctic wilderness.  Recreational activities enjoyed within the parklands include flight seeing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, backpacking, camping, river floating, and dog mushing winter; sport hunting is permitted within the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Noatak National Preserve and in Selawik National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to caribou other common wildlife of the region include moose, brown and black bear, muskoxen, wolves, and waterfowl.

For more information on Western Arctic Parklands

Government housing may be available.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required.


  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized as described in the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


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Fly Wild Alaska! You will serve as the pilot-in-command operating single engine, fixed wing wheeled, float and ski equipped aircraft for the millions of acres protected by the four parks of the Western Arctic National Parklands and the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge. You will perform resource and visitor protection aerial patrols, low level surveillance, transportation of personnel and equipment into the park units, fire reconnaissance, search and rescue operations, emergency medical services, wildlife and other resource monitoring flights through mountainous and arctic/sub-arctic terrain. Flights are conducted from landing strips and/or lakes, beaches, rivers and gravel bars of restricted size located in isolated, wilderness areas. 

You will be responsible for aircraft airworthiness and safety of personnel and property as well as assuring compliance with the FAA, departmental and agency laws, regulations, and policies. You will plan for regular and routine maintenance of airplane and are responsible for maintaining aviation related personal protection equipment for the park and Fish and Wildlife Service in a ready state. You will develop and maintain positive relations with other federal, state, and local agencies with aviation programs and will actively participate on an interagency working group concerning shared aviation resources including planes, pilots, fuel tanks and hangar.  

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Frank Hays at (907) 442-8301.


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To qualify, you must meet the requirements listed below.

Commercial Pilot Certificate (screenout)

A. You must possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate with Single Engine Land and Sea and Instrument Rating(or other certificate which exceeds the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate, such as an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with Single Engine Land and Sea Rating). A copy of the certificate must be provided with your application package (provide a copy); OR
B. You must possess an appropriate military rating (Note: If you are establishing eligibility based on military flight experience, you must be prepared to provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing your status as a rated military pilot). You will be required to complete a military competency knowledge test with the FAA and be issued a commerical pilot certificate prior to final offer of employment.  provide a copy

Medical Certificate (screenout): You must possess a current FAA Medical Certificate First or Second Class in accordance with FAA regulations. provide a copy

Flight time experience (screenout minimum eligibility):

  • 1500 hours total pilot time
  • 1200 hours Pilot in Command (PIC) in the airplane category
  • 25 hours PIC in airplane single or multi-engine seaplane
  • 25 hours PIC in one of the following airplanes: Cessna C-180/185 or C-206/207,Piper PA-18, Cub Crafters CC-18, American Champion Scout, Aviat Aircraft-Husky, or Found-Bushhawk or similar aircraft grouping per Operations Procedure Memorandum (OPM) 13-23

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  •  25 hours of PIC night flying in Airplanes
  • 24 hours PIC in the last 12 months in Airplanes, including 6 hours in the last 6 months. 

Instrument rating (screen out): You must  hold a Commercial Pilot or Airline Transport license with Instrument Airplane Rating.

Specialized Experience: You must have specialized experience to qualify for the GS-12 grade level of this position. This qualifying experience can be met through the following:

This pilot position requires performing low level (within 500 feet AGL) flight activities termed “Special Use” and a separate qualifying DOI flight evaluation.  To qualify you must  have 200 hours PIC in Airplane Category in low level operations over typical terrain, or 10 hours in Airplane Category of low level flight instruction in previous five years with a satisfactory DOI flight evaluation or similar flight experience that can meet this requirement. (Applicant will be required to provide proof to hiring official prior to final offer of employment.)

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors specified in the announcement by the closing date, Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

Unless previously served, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position requires wearing the National Park Service uniform. All employees are required to wear the uniform in accordance with guidelines, maintain personal appearance standards, and ensure proper conduct while in uniform. A uniform allowance is provided.

You must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment drug test. 

An FAA Pilot Database and/or Military Flight Records check for accident/incident history and pilot logbook check for relevant experience will be conducted prior to an employment commitment.

A pre-employment flight evaluation will be conducted.

You will be required to show your pilot log book to show proof you meet the qualification listed in the announcement.



Your rating will be based on your application package and the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.  A panel may be used to review and rank your application. 

KSA-1 Ability to operate light, single-engine fixed wing aircraft from land or water.

KSA-2 Ability to perform pre-flight preparations and pre- and post-flight activities.

KSA-3 Knowledge or experience with aerial wildlife survey procedures, backcountry management, and archeology site monitoring.

KSA-4 Ability to communicate effectively/interpersonal skills.

The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers for a panel or subject specialist to score your application.

Basis for Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

    Best Qualified - experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

    Well Qualified - experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective   factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

    Qualified - experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans' Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.


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You can review our benefits at:

The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 7.18% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax.  

Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, sick and personal leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule.


Direct Deposit:  All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. This includes your salary and other federal payments.

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

Return Rights  (for NPS employees only)  The Return Rights policy as outlined in HR Bulletin Number 03-8 dated 10/28/03 is in effect for this position. This policy is designed to help attract a larger pool of highly qualified employees to remote areas. It applies to all current NPS career and career-conditional employees who transfer from a NPS unit within the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia to certain remote sites.   Under this policy, employees will be given the opportunity to return to the Region they were assigned to prior to transferring to the remote park within the Alaska Region. To be eligible for return rights, the employee must complete a minimum tour of three calendar years at the Alaska park, and may elect a possible two year extension. 

A permanent career-seasonal position includes all benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis. As a condition of employment and (depending on workload needs and/or funding), the employee is  guaranteed work for at least 6 months each service year.  When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status which will normally be for 6 months.  While in pay and duty status, the employee will work a full-time work schedule (40 hours per week).  Salary, vacation and sick leave earnings, which are normally based on year-round employment, will be prorated according to the number of weeks actually worked each year. The waiting period of within-rate increases (step increases) and career tenure may also be extended by a portion of the time spent in non-pay status.


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To begin the process: 

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following 

vacancy ID 1035447.  Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

If you have questions about this announcement call Kim M. Doty at (303)985-6806 or email 

KIM_DOTY@NPS.GOV prior to Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Please include the Vacancy ID number 1035447 when emailing or calling.


-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) Help with writing your resume click here. Want to understand how to use USA JOBS click here.


-Online Assessment Questionnaire


- Copy of your FAA pilot certificate or Military Rating


- Copy of your current first or second class Medical certificate


-Veterans' Preference Documentation- Copy of your DD214(s) that shows type of discharge (i.e. honorable) from service, (usually the member 4 copy); or Report of Separation from Activity Duty (if separation was prior to 1 July 1979). If you fail to supply the required documents(s) and type of discharge cannot be confirmed, veterans' preference will not be awarded. If claiming 10 points preference, you must also provide a completed SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15). If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have completed active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions, or provide other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.


-CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


The CTAP/ICTAP is a federal program that gives priority selection rights to federal employees in the local commuting area who have lost their positions, been given notice that they will be separated due to reductions in force, or who are unable to return to their position due to a job related injury.   Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection, and earn a final score on the job examination questions of 90.0 or higher. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.   This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8837(h) or 8456.


Kim M. Doty
Phone: (303)985-6806
Agency Information:
NPS Alaska Regional Office
240 W 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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