Location: Olympia, Washington, United States
Job Type: Government
Minimum Pay: $20.40 (Hourly)
Maximum Pay: $26.74 (Hourly)
Flight Time Requirements Snapshot
- Total Flight Time: 1500
- Pilot In Command: 1500
- Turbine PIC: N/A
- Multi Engine: N/A
- Actual Instrument: N/A
Pilot-in-Command responding to wildfires throughout the State. This includes transporting fire crews, equipment and supplies, conducting aerial reconnaissance and dropping water. Hiring and training begin in April and fire season generally lasts through October. Pilots may continue to be part-time, on-call throughout the year.
•Applicants must have 1,500 hours of Pilot-in-Command (PIC) time in helicopters, including initial and extended attack wildfire suppression. Experience must include solo flight and Vertical Reference flight (VTR) operations (as noted below) “Make and Model” flight hour requirements may be reduced by 50% if the pilot submits evidence of satisfactory completion of the manufacturer’s approved pilot ground and flight procedures training in the applicable make and model.
•At least 100 hours flight experience, within the preceding 12 months as PIC in helicopters or the ability to pass a proficiency check flight with the DNR’s Chief Pilot who certifies approval to conduct rotary wing operations for the OAS/USFS Cooperators Letter. Evaluations include external load VTR (water bucket) operations, passenger transport, reconnaissance and vertical reference operations-all must be satisfactorily completed to retain qualifications.
•Minimum of 200 hours helicopter mountain flying, as identified in 14 CFR Sub part B-Designated Mountainous Terrain, including maneuvering and numerous takeoffs and landings to ridge lines, pinnacles and confined areas.
•Long line/Vertical Reference Experience. Written evidence of a minimum of 10 hours VTR is required. DNR accepts 50 foot long line experience as the minimum qualification for candidate pilots, but all qualification check flights are conducted with 75 foot long-lines, which is a condition of fire suppression operations.
•A current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Rotorcraft rating and 1,500 hours PIC time.
•Current first class or second class medical certificate (current at the time of initial hiring and effective through December).