Helicopter Flight Instructor

$94,373 - $122,683 yearly
  • US Coast Guard
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Nov 18, 2022
Full time Flight Instruction/CFI/CFII Government (Federal) Helicopter Pilot Multicrew NVG Search and Rescue

Job Description


In this challenging role, you will: provide in-flight, in-simulator and ground school instruction as a designated rotary-wing aviator; develop and execute training plans to effectively and efficiently qualify new members and maintain currency of existing members; assess program effectiveness and serves as a subject matter expert in advising and providing input to curriculum designers on the efficiency of training processes; plan and present comprehensive courses of instruction in both ground and flight training for members to achieve and maintain mission-ready status.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.

Typical work assignments include:

  • Maintains an airframe Designation and Flight Examiner/Instructor Pilot qualification in accordance with established Coast Guard policy in a multi-engine rotary wing aircraft and associated flight simulator(s)
  • Regularly flies multi-engine rotary wing aircraft under varying conditions, both day and night, on and off airways, to both familiar and unfamiliar locations
  • Serves as ATC representative for testing new pilot-related equipment for the air frame
  • Instructs and evaluates academic topics in accordance with CIM3710.1 (series) or current, equivalent publication(s), current Coast Guard and Aviation doctrine, and other special topics selected by the command
  • Performs comprehensive administrative tasks such as maintaining files and records, completing and maintaining Daily Progress Reports (DPRs) and folders on students in accordance with prescribed procedures


Conditions of Employment

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Applicant is required to meet the physical requirements of the position.
  • A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • This position requires a Secret clearance.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. This includes Time-In-Grade requirements for current status employees applying through merit promotion procedures. Status applicants applying for a promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade.



Minimum Qualification Requirements for GS-13:

Minimum eligibility requirements for positions in this occupation are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the positions.

Certificates and Ratings: 

Applicants must possess a current FAA Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating; an FAA Flight Instructor Certificate or the military equivalent.  Documentation must be attached to your online application.

Medical Requirements

At the time of initial appointment, candidates for all pilot positions must possess a current second-class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations.


Flight Experience: Candidates must demonstrate possession of the knowledge and skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements, including recency of flight experience. The categories in which candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency relate to (1) the general knowledge and skills to pilot the aircraft, and (2) the specific knowledge and skills related to the particular position being filled. Only that flight experience that is directly related to the work of the position is required for purposes of establishing minimum eligibility.

Minimum Flight Hour Requirements

The following flight hour requirements apply to all applicants:

  1. TOTAL FLIGHT TIME - 2000 Hours - Flight time as a pilot in command or copilot in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirement.
  2. PILOT-IN-COMMAND TIME - 750 Hours - Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.
  3. NIGHT FLYING TIME - 300 Hours.
  5. US COAST GUARD MH-60T TIME - 1000 Hours
  6. INSTRUMENT TIME - 200 Hours - At least 50 of the required hours must have been logged in actual instrument weather. The balance may have been acquired in a flight simulator or as other types of instrument flight time, e.g., hood instrument.
  7. INSTRUCTOR TIME – 200 Hours - Must be related to helicopters.

In order to verify your flight hours, applicants MUST provide FAA Form 3330-47-3, or military flight logs. Click here to obtain a copy of the required form. 

Note: Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable, e.g., an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

Additional Qualifications for GS-13:

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal sector.   Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.  Examples include:  One year of specialized experience which includes: piloting or co-piloting rotary wing aircraft; ground and flight instruction; in-flight evaluation; planning, analyzing, or administering agency aviation programs, where the work requires primarily the application of helicopter pilot knowledge and skills. 


A selective placement factor (SPF) is a knowledge, skill or ability (KSA) or competency essential to perform the duties of a position. Candidates who do not possess the SPF are rated ineligible/ not qualified and will not receive further consideration for the position.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF): To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, applicants must possess a FAA Pilot certificate, or military equivalent; FAA Flight Instructor certificate, or military equivalent.  Documentation must be provided with your application.



This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here


Additional information


Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. VeteransPeace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-643-1512. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line self assessment questions that are based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

  • Mastery knowledge of the concepts and principles of aircraft pilot work to serve as an expert in the application of technical methods and procedures, management practices, agency policies and programs
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the methods and practices of the aviation discipline(s) critical to instruct or evaluate student pilots in advanced instrument flight technique; instruct rotary wing pilots in methods of instruction and evaluate their proficiency to engage in flight instruction; instruct and evaluate pilots and perform special projects involving a comparable responsibility.
  • Knowledge and skill in instructional techniques and procedures relating to flight and ground instruction and aircraft maintenance procedures, techniques, and record keeping requirements.
  • Mastery knowledge of the principles, methods, practices, and techniques of aircraft flight and aviation related human factors/cockpit resource management instruction and skill in applying this knowledge to student with varying experience.
  • Expert knowledge and ability to analyze and evaluate various flight and ground training methods that could be effectively, efficiently, and productively utilized by the department; and demonstrated performance in order to make appropriate decisions and recommendations regarding pilot flight and ground training and pilot flight status.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of air operations programs and procedures and of U.S. Military, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and other regulations and procedures relating to flight instruction, ground instruction, and pilot certification

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience; no points will be assigned.

You may preview questions for this vacancy.

Required Documents


1. All three of the following certification documents: FAA Pilot Certificate (or military equivalent), FAA Flight Instructor Certificate (or military equivalent), AND FAA Form 3330-47-3 (or flight log)

2. Resume

3. Completed online questionnaire

4. Current or former federal employees, submit a copy of most recent SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, which demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade increases, NOT performance awards.

5. If qualifying based on education, submit a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript from an accredited college/university. The transcript must reflect the college/university name and/or logo. Applicants are highly encouraged to proactively order a copy of their official transcripts to be delivered to their home address so transcripts will be readily available if selected. If selected, official transcripts are required prior to establishing your start date. Foreign education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that it is comparable to education received in U.S. accredited institutions. Provide proof with your application. Please see click here.

6. If claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility.

7. If you are claiming veterans’ preference, submit the following documents. Please see Feds Hire Vets for detail.

a. Veterans claiming 5 point veterans' preference must submit legible Member 4 Copy DD214(s) indicating Character of Service. 5-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted.

b. 30% Disabled Veterans must submit their Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

c. Other 10 point Preference Eligibles must submit applicable Member Copy 4 DD-214(s), which includes Character of Service, and provide documentation of 10 point preference described on the back of the SF-15. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.

d. If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD214 and is claiming eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating you will be discharged/released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days from the date you submit your certification as part of your application for this announcement. See the “How to Apply” section of this announcement for information on specific requirements for VOW certifications.

8. If requesting consideration under Executive Order 13473, you must submit proof. To confirm eligibility for appointment based on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019 (NDAA), submit a copy of the marriage certificate to the military member and a copy of your spouses’ active duty military orders (e.g., most recent military orders, PCS orders, etc.). Spouses of military members who are on retirement or separation PCS orders from active duty are not eligible to be appointed unless the member was injured with a 100% rating; or was released/discharged from active duty due to the member’s death while on active duty. Widows or widowers, who are not remarried, of military service members who were killed on active duty must submit a DD-1300.

9. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here.

All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system with fax number and instructions. Required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-123SE), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE, STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.


If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


How to Apply


Complete applications for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign in to USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire and submit the required documents to provide proof of qualifications. If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you will be required to submit proof. See Required Documents section for more detail regarding a complete application package.

High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.

If claiming eligibility under the VOW Act: The VOW Act requires Federal agencies to treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD214. In order to be considered under the VOW Act, the certification must specify that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application package for this job announcement. The certification must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, character of service, military rank, type of discharge, and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by direction of military members’ military personnel offices, unit commanders or higher headquarters. Agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


Next steps


Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking. The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Track this Application".

For more information on applying for federal employment click here.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.