Rotorwing Aerial Wildland Firefighter Pilot, Aircraft Pilot 2

$29.52 - $39.70 hourly
  • Washington State Department Of Natural Resources
  • WA, USA
  • Nov 08, 2022
Part time, Temporary Firefighting Government (State) Helicopter Pilot NVG Single Pilot Utility VFR

Job Description

Rotorwing Aerial Wildland Firefighter Pilot, Aircraft Pilot 2 B206L4
Recruitment #2022-10-6734

This is a Part-time, Permanent, Represented position.

Anticipated 7 month appointment.
Location: Statewide, Washington 

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Wildland Fire Management Division.  Looking for a fast-paced, exciting, and rewarding career in Wildfire? The Wildland Fire Management Division - Aviation Section has an opening for an Aerial Wildland Firefighter Helicopter Pilot. DNR Aviation utilizes 1 Bell B206L4 helicopter to aid in fire suppression across the state of Washington. You will be responsible for safely piloting the aircraft at low-altitudes, and in mountainous terrain. The mission profile of our helicopters includes Bambi Bucket Water Drops and internal/external Cargo Delivery.  Additionally you will perform fire reconnaissance, detection, photography and Helitack Crew Insertion/Transport.

This position requires a motivated individual that works effectively in a team environment, but also possesses the ability to operate and make split-second decisions independently. You will be required to communicate effectively with aircrew, ground resources, and other aerial resources in order to accomplish your objectives. The ability to multitask is paramount, as you will be monitoring and communicating on multiple radio frequencies both enroute, and while actively engaged in Wildfire Suppression.




  • Critical decision making
  • Autonomy
  • Leadership
  • Effective communication
  • Public Safety and emergency response
  • Aircrew/aircraft deployment, safety, and supervision



Required Qualifications: 

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent.
  • Intermediate Automation Computer Skills.
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills.
  • 1,500 Flight Hours Pilot in Command - Helicopter.
  • 100 Flight Hours - Helicopter Pilot in Command within the preceding 12 months or as approved by Appointing Authority/USFS/DOI.
  • 25 Flight Hours Pilot in Command in a Type Ill B206L4 or equivalent (B206B1-3, B206L1-4).
  • 200 Flight Hours Helicopter Pilot in Command in a Mountainous area as defined by 14 CFR 95 Subpart B - Designated Mountainous Areas.
  • 500 Flight Hours Helicopter Pilot in Command in Helicopter Turbine Aircraft.
  • 10 Flight Hours Helicopter Pilot in Command external load, Vertical Reference/Longline operations.
  • FAA Current Flight Review IAW 14 CFR 61.56 or a 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.
  • 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 verbally and written.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
Conditions of Employment:
  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past two years.
  • Ability to work long hours (up to 12 days straight, of 14 hours straight and 8 hours of flight), particularly during the summer months, with frequent overtime related to fire suppression emergencies.
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel heavily within the state during fire season.
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.
Desired Qualifications:
  • 100 Flight Hours as Pilot in Command in a B206L4 Helicopter.
  • 10 Hours Longline/Vertical Reference Pilot in Command Solo Flight Time.
  • Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Qualified with 25 NVG hours as Pilot in Command.
  • FAA Helicopter Instrument Rating with a minimum of 50 hours of Helicopter Pilot in Command Instrument flight time logged.
  • 14 CFR Part 133/135/137 Pilot in Command Helicopter experience.
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor, US Military Instructor Pilot, and/or Instrument Flight Examiner Qualification.
  • FAA Helicopter Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).
  • Qualified as an Washington DNR Aerial Wildland Firefighter Pilot. Basic/Advanced/Trainer.
  • Incident Command System Qualifications.
  • Safety Management System (SMS) Familiarity.


Supplemental Information

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:

  • Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.
DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.
Application Requirements: 
  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application and all supplemental questions to be considered for the position.
  • Complete all supplemental questions. 
Required Attachments: 
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements. 
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.,
  • A copy of your current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight certificates (front and back). (Airline Transport Pilot or Commercial Pilot License - Helicopter with Instrument Rating)
  • A copy of your current valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Class 1 or 2 medical certificate valid through October 2023.
  • A copy of the last two complete pages of your pilot logbook or official company flight record.
  • A copy of your current flight review or FAA pilot proficiency check.
  • A copy of your current state driver's license or US Passport.
  • A copy of FAA Verification of Certificate Privileges within the last 30 days.
Optional Attachments:
  • Longline/vertical reference certificate/endorsement. (if applicable)
  • Any applicable factory training certificates.
  • Any applicable military training courses.
  • Any Letters of Reference/Recommendation.
  • OAS/USFS Pilot Card or a completed FS Form 5700-20A (if applicable)
Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.  We thank you and are grateful for your service!
The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. 

Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or
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Questions?  Please contact Chief Pilot Rich Knoth at 360-764-6494, or e-mail us at

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