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Job Specification 43029

FOREST FIRE PILOT

 

DEFINITION


 Under supervision of the Chief, Bureau of Forest Fire Management or
 other supervisory official in the Bureau of Forest Fire Management,
 Division of Parks and Forestry, Department of Environmental
 Protection, pilots either a fixed wing aircraft or helicopter, used in
 the prevention, pre-suppression, and/or suppression of forest fires;
 does related work as required.

 NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
 all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
 performed on the job may not be listed.

 
EXAMPLES OF WORK:


 Serves as a pilot of forest fire aircraft used to establish an
 airborne command center for fire suppression overhead personnel.

 Performs as a pilot of lead aircraft in directing the safe and
 efficient aerial application of chemicals used to control insects,
 disease, or other forestry related projects.

 Oversees the performance of intermittent forest fire pilots and/or
 other assigned pilots as may be required during emergency situations.

 Conducts aerial surveys of forest fuel types, pre-suppression lines,
 and hazardous fuel reduction programs.

 Performs as a forest fire suppression pilot for other states or
 agencies through mutual aid or cooperative agreements.

 Performs preflight and post flight inspections of aircraft in
 accordance with Federal Aviation Administration directives and/or
 regulations.

 In the absence of the Aviation Unit Supervisor, will oversee the field
 operations of the Department's airport(s).

 Prepares recommendations for long and short range air attack
 suppression plans.

 Prepares recommendations for the specifications of, and observes the
 implementation of, the forest fire suppression contract for air
 tankers.

 Establishes and maintains essential records, files, and logs.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
 office, or related units.

 REQUIREMENTS:

      EDUCATION:

            Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
 Bachelor's degree.

           EXPERIENCE:

      Four (4) years of experience in the field of forestry, natural
 resource or agricultural aviation.

      NOTE: Applicants must possess one thousand (1000) hours as a
 pilot in command of forest fire suppression, forest fire observation,
 or agricultural aircraft. Time can be in fixed wing aircraft,
 helicopter, or a combination of both, provided that at least 500 hours
 (500) are in the aircraft type being used by the position.

      NOTE: Applicants who do not possess the required education may
 substitute additional experience as indicated on a year-for- year
 basis.

      LICENSE:

           Appointees must possess a driver's license valid in New
 Jersey.

      CDL

        Appointees may also be required to possess a valid Commercial
 Driver's License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class and
 type of vehicle being operated.

      NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the
 required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and type
 of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.

      SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

      Applicants must possess a certification as a commercial pilot
 with Single-Engine aircraft with instrument rating, depending upon the
 position.

                                OR
       Applicants must possess a certification as a commercial pilot
 with Rotorcraft helicopter with instrument rating, depending upon the
 position.

            NOTE: Applicant must possess a Federal Aviation
 Administration second class medical certificate.

           SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

            Appointees will be required to obtain certification as a
 forest fire fighter with the Department of Environmental Protection.

             Appointees will be required to meet forest fire fighting
 qualifications in accordance with the Department of Environmental
 Protection guidelines on an annual basis.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation
 Administration regulations, policies, and directives.

 Knowledge of forest fire prevention, pre-suppression, and suppression
 programs.

 Knowledge of forest fire suppression tactics and terminology.

 Ability to perform as a forest fire pilot in either a fixed wing
 aircraft or a helicopter during adverse conditions surrounding a
 forest fire.

 Ability to conduct aerial surveys required to develop fuel reduction
 programs.

 Ability to prepare reports.

 Ability to establish and maintain records, logs, and files.

 Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
 recording and information systems used by thy agency, office, or
 related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English
 sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign
 Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
 communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
 they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable
 accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation
 cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
 such persons may not be eligible.

 CODES: 21/P21 - 43029           MCK            06/26/04