Fixed-Wing Line Pilot

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Salary: $5,756.00 - $7,739.00 Monthly
Deadline May 30, 2024

Fixed-Wing Line Pilot, Aircraft Pilot 2
Recruitment #2024-5-A281
Part-time, Permanent, Represented position
Anticipated employment is 8 months, 40 hours per week
Location: Olympia, WA
Salary: $5,756.00 - $7,739.00 Monthly 


Aerial Firefighting Assignment/Air Attack

  • Functions as Pilot-in-Command of a DNR assigned Kodiak 100 supporting initial and extended attack wildfire suppression operations including: 1.) Air Attack / ATGS support and; 2.) Coordination of Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) and Fire Traffic Area (FTA) airspace before, during, and after an incident. Coordinates airborne firefighting activities with multiple agency aircraft until supervision is passed to the Incident Commander or relieved by another Air Tactical Group Supervisor.
  • Provides reconnaissance and admin flight support when assigned. Duties include planning and executing flights both VFR and IFR within Washington State and bordering states as required. Transporting personnel/parts/equipment to/from improved and unimproved airports, internal cargo transport (including hazardous materials), and reconnaissance flights in mountainous terrain and over active wildfires.
  • Maintains the assigned airplane in a rapid response status to support initial attack suppression actions including daily aircraft inspections, oversight of aircraft fuel levels, and aircraft cleanliness. Maintains aircraft flight reports and logs. Periodically inventories and inspects assigned equipment. Ensures security of aircraft and installed equipment.
  • Prepares reports of fire activities and other work performed as required.
  • Flies/operates assigned aircraft within all limitations specified by WA DNR manuals, as well as in accordance with the Kodiak 100 series FAA-approved Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) / Flight Manual.

Training and Evaluations

  • Participates in recurrent proficiency flights and evaluations to demonstrate skills needed for this assignment. Performs assessments of flight-related documents for the Chief Pilot.

Pilot Maintenance Actions

  • Performs field-level preventative maintenance on airplanes and related equipment. Performs troubleshooting steps for sensors and related extraneous equipment. Under the direction of the Maintenance Supervisor, assists aircraft mechanics during field inspections and repairs as needed. Performs run-ups or flights as needed for maintenance troubleshooting as well as Maintenance Operational Checks (MOC) not requiring a Maintenance Test Pilot (MTP).

Airplane Crew Interaction

  • Assists with training observers, ATGS, and support crew members in 1) the safe employment of airplane support equipment, 2) fuel trucks and aircraft fueling, 3) visual and voice communications, 4) map utilization and navigation, 5) daily aircraft maintenance, 6) proper techniques for cleaning aircraft and 7) sensor operations.

Pre and Post-season duties

  • Prepare airplanes for scheduled maintenance and inspections,
  • Clean airplanes at the end of the fire season,
  • Assist mechanics with certain maintenance actions,
  • Perform sensor inspections/cleaning and readies for long-term storage,
  • Duties as Assigned.

Required Qualifications: 

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent.
  • Basic Computer Skills.
  • 1,500 Flight Hours total time - Airplane.
  • 1,200 Flight Hours Pilot-in-Command - Airplane.
  • 200 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command in category and class to be flown.
  • 100 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command within the preceding 12 months.
  • 500 Flight Hours - Airplane Pilot-in-Command Cross Country.
  • 200 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command in a Mountainous area as defined by 14 CFR 95 Subpart B – Designated Mountainous Areas.
  • 100 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Night flight.
  • 50 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Instrument - in flight.
  • 75 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Instrument – actual/simulated.
  • 25 Flight Hours – Airplane Pilot-in-Command Make and Model (Daher, Kodiak 100), or the ability to receive 50 hours within the first 3 months of hire.
  • FAA Current Flight Review IAW 14 CFR 61.56 or an FAA Pilot Proficiency Check 14 CFR Part 135.
  • Successfully pass annual DNR flight and oral evaluation given by the DNR Chief Pilot or designated Pilot Trainer to the WA DNR Aviation Training Manual Standards.
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills.
  • Ability to function collaboratively with peers in a fast-paced, stressful environment.
  • Ability to consistently make sound decisions with little direct supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

View a complete position description with full application instructions at careers.wa.gov

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Category Forestry
Tags Wildland Firefighter