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    These positions are located in the Eastern Region, Region 9, Superior National Forest, as part of the Fire, Aviation Management Staff in Ely, Minnesota. Primary duty of the position is to perform as pilot in command of light single engine aircraft DHC-2 Beaver configured for land or sea equipment performing wildfire suppression which includes but is not limited to low level air tanker drops on fires, air attack group supervisor over on-going fires, providing airborne fire intelligence and ground crew direction.  The work also involves operating light single engine aircraft configured with land, sea, or ski equipment under visual and instrument weather conditions, to perform secondary duties such as wildfire detection, transportation of fire crews, to and from fires, aerial seeding, wildlife surveys, fish stocking, aerial photography, insect and disease surveys, providing air support for law enforcement, medical and injured person evacuation, transportation of work crews and management personnel, maintaining currency, and being cognizant of aviation industry practices and methods.  The Eastern Region has a well-established and growing aviation program with a goal of providing safe and efficient aviation services to meet a wide variety of US Forest Service fire and conservation mission needs within the Eastern region.

    For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Nick Hough at 414-297-3165 or e-mail at georgenhough@fs.fed.us

    These positions are being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 18-FIRE-R9-405520G-PRC. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

    The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

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    Serves as pilot-in-command in a DHC-2 single engine land/water, in unfavorable terrain such as austere and back country forests, during daytime, involving water and frozen lake landings.  The purpose for these operations may cover but are not limited to, air transport of agency personnel and cargo, aerial supervision, aerial fire suppression and conservation work.

    Performs preflight checks of aircraft and related equipment, plans extended flights by evaluating weather conditions at the point of departure, at points along the route, and at the destination.

    Serves as a technical advisor to the Regional Aviation Officer, Regional Aviation Safety Officer and DHC-2 Supervisory Pilot.  As a subject matter expert of DHC-2 operations the coordination would involve single light fixed-wing aircraft activities (WCF and contract) used by the agency for project and fire management work.

    Maintains currency and proficiency in assigned aircraft in order to perform missions as assigned.

    Maintains current and valid qualifications as a FAA Certified Flight Instructor in airplanes.

    Services aircraft with fuel and oil maintains aircraft and maintains accurate flight and aircraft logs.

    Maintains pilot training documentation.

    Gathers information, identifies and analyzes issues, and develops recommendations to resolve complex aviation organizational problems. Coordinates and instructs a variety of aviation awareness and training programs, under classroom conditions, at the forest and regional level.

    Provides technical advice regarding airplane contracts and contract pilots; serves as a technical leader, participates in aviation contract development.

    Schedules and performs standard functional tests on DHC-2 aircraft to determine whether aircraft systems are operating correctly.

    Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned.

    Duties listed are at the full performance level.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    2181 Aircraft Operation

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