Ability to: Safely operate aircraft; perform the duties of a helicopter Pilot-in-Command under the direction of the authorized representative;
safely and expeditiously perform aerial rescues utilizing precision vertical reference long line techniques with external loads;
safely operate the helicopter during hours of darkness, with and without the use of night vision goggles, including approaches to a landing and departures from off-airport locations; conduct water retardant bucket operations;
learn local geography; maintain accurate records; review records and assess aircraft needs;
learn and follow departmental practices and policies; work effectively and efficiently with departmental personnel and external contacts;
exercise good judgment in emergency and stressful situations;
communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing;
work in hazardous, and stressful conditions; continue to learn new techniques;
wear protective clothing and equipment; meet physical fitness requirements to maintain FAA license and perform the essential functions of the position;
meet and maintain pilot weight limitations not to exceed 230 pounds, or as directed by the Department, to ensure compliance with aircraft maximum weight restrictions;
work any shift including days, evening, nights, weekends, and holidays; be on stand-by during off-duty hours as assigned and report to duty within 30 minutes, or as directed by the Department;
refrain from activities which might impair the ability to perform assigned duties while on duty or on stand by.
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Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience that clearly demonstrates possession of the knowledge and abilities for the position.
Normally, this would include graduation from high school or an acceptable equivalent certificate, and 2,000 hours of turbine helicopter Pilot-in-Command time, which includes 300 hours of mountain flying, 100 hours of night flying, and 200 hours of precision vertical reference long line flying.
License and Certificate: Possession of a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Airman Certificate with rotorcraft-helicopter rating or a valid FAA Airline Transport Pilot's Certificate with a rotorcraft-helicopter rating;
possession of a valid and current Class II Airman's Medical Certificate issued by an FAA authorized medical examiner;
possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.
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