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Aviation Officer II (Flight Operations)

Incumbents at this level develop and implement standard flight operational procedures; train and evaluate pilots, and ensure that pilots perform their duties in accordance with Federal, State, and departmental rules, regulations, procedures, and directives. Incumbents are also involved in assigned study projects; prepare recommendations on the use of specialized aircraft, modifications of aircraft, and development of methods and procedures for air operations; perform qualification and flight standardization checks for pilots; develop and monitor aviation training programs; evaluate effectiveness of air operations; as needed, act as relief and primary pilot of State-owned and contracted aircraft in the performance of fire suppression and vegetation management projects; ensure that the department’s Aviation Management Program is conducted in a safe manner and in compliance with applicable mandates; monitor and assure contractor compliance with provisions of various agreements with the department; will participate in or provide technical support for aviation accident investigations; and do other related work.

Minimum Qualifications
Possession of the following certificates:

A valid and current second-class Airman’s Medical Certificate issued by an FAA authorized examiner. And

  1. A valid FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine land airplane and instrument ratings. Or


  1. A valid FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with multi-engine land airplane ratings and instrument ratings. Or
  1. A valid FAA Commercial Airman Certificate with a helicopter-rotorcraft class rating. Or


  1. A valid ATP Certificate with helicopter-rotorcraft class rating.


1,000 hours in command of aircraft (fixed-or rotary-wing). And


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Aviation Officer I (Maintenance). (Applicants who have completed six months of service performing the duties of an Aviation Officer I (Maintenance) will be admitted to the examination, but they must satisfactorily complete one year of this experience before they can be eligible for appointment.)


One year of experience in government service performing watershed and fire protection duties which have included a full-time assignment as a base manager or an air attack coordinator during the declared fire season.


Five hundred additional hours in command of either fixed-or rotary-wing aircraft performing low-level missions (e.g., wildland fire control, external loads, medi-vac operations, search and rescue, aerial surveys, etc.).


The applicant must have knowledge of the practical application of aircraft operations practices and procedures; and FAA and other regulations governing aircraft operation and maintenance.


The applicant must be able to operate aircraft to commercial standards; and operate a computer



Applicant must have the ability to research and apply technical data; plan, organize, and direct the work of others; schedule pilots for flight operations, and provide technical guidance to pilots and other cooperative agencies to ensure safe operation of aircraft; and communicate effectively in English to apply FAA regulations.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.



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