Note: Current salary levels and placement/movement in the appropriate salary range(s) (there may be more than the listed salary ranges for a given class) should be confirmed with the hiring department upon receiving a job offer. The salaries used in this bulletin are the latest available from the State Controller’s Office, but may not reflect the most recent salary adjustment.
This is an open examination. Applications will not be accepted on a promotional basis. Career credits do not apply.
Who Should Apply:
Persons who meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the Classification Description (specification)
Note:Accepted applicants are required to bring either a photo identification card or two forms of signed identification when required to appear for the examination.
Under general direction, throughout the State, to pilot a helicopter over all types of terrain; to assist in all aspects of fire prevention, suppression, and vegetation management; to perform required preventive maintenance on helicopters; and to do other related work.
Pilot a helicopter in single pilot operation over all types of terrain in aerial firefighting, hauling firefighters and inmates to and from fires, hauling cargo, both internal and external, and dropping water and retardant on fires from helicopter-carried water buckets or tanks; flying routine and emergency missions such as search and rescue, medivacs, reconnaissance, law enforcement, serial photography, and administrative flights; support prescribed burning projects by hauling various serial ignition devices to ignite prescribed fires; be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the helicopter; perform preventive maintenance plus limited inspections and maintenance on helicopters while under the direction of a licensed aircraft mechanic; act as air operations officer on occasions, which would include special projects, training, and inspecting rental aircraft pilots, plus other aviation management tasks; and perform other duties assigned.
Licenses: Possession of a valid Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) Commercial Airman Certificate with rotorcraft-helicopter rating or a valid FAA Airline Transport Pilot's Certificate with a rotorcraft- helicopter rating. and
Possession of a valid and current Class II Airman's Medical Certificate issued by an FAA authorized medical examiner. and
Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants who do not possess this license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment. and
Experience: Applicants must have logged at least 2,000 hours of pilot-in-command flying helicopters, which must include the following:
1. At least 500 hours of mountain pilot-in-command helicopter flight time, routinely making landings in mountainous terrain above 4,000 feet MSL.
2. At least 500 hours of turbine helicopter time as pilot-in- command.
3. Two hundred and fifty hours as pilot-in-command of helicopters performing low level missions in fire control, map survey, powerline patrol, search and rescue, and spray or seeding operations over mountain or forested or comparable military operations.
4. At least 100 hours as pilot-in-command in helicopters carrying sling loads.
5. At least 50 hours as pilot-in-command in helicopters in the past year.
Knowledge of: Safe helicopter operating procedures; State and Federal forest and fire laws; regulations of the Department of Transportation, FAA, and other regulations governing civil aircraft movements; terrain, weather, and flying conditions in California.
Ability to: Skillfully pilot a helicopter using all known devices and attachments associated with helicopter forestry firefighting while making correct and sound decisions on their use in practical applications; operate a helicopter under hazardous conditions.
Keenness of observation, mental alertness, tact, and good physical condition.
Forest-firefighting experience with helicopters is desirable.
Where to Apply:
EXAMINATION APPLICATIONS STD. 678 MUST BE FILED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
AND FIRE PROTECTION BY MAIL OR IN PERSON TO 710 RIVERPOINT COURT, WEST SACRAME
NTO, CA 95605, ATTENTION: EXAMINATION UNIT.
Unless otherwise specified in the class specification, qualifying experience may be combined on a proportionate basis if the requirements stated include more than one pattern, distinguished as "Either" I, "or" II, "or" III, etc. For example, candidates possessing qualifying experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern I, & additional experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern II, may be admitted to an examination as meeting 100% of the overall experience requirement.
This is a Qualification Appraisal Interview exam weighted - 100 percent.
In order to obtain a position on the eligible list, a minimum rating of 70% must be attained in each phase of the examination.
Eligible List Information:
Effective January 1, 2014, in accordance with Government Codes 18973.1 and 18973.5, Veterans’ Preference will be awarded as follows: 1) Any veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran, who achieves a passing score in an entrance examination, shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligibility list. Any veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released is not eligible for Veterans’ Preference. 2) An entrance examination is defined, under the law, as any open competitive examination. And 3) Veterans’ Preference is not granted once a person achieves permanent civil service status. Veteran status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Directions to apply for Veterans’ Preference are on the Veterans’ Preference Application (Std. Form 1093), which is available at http://jobs.ca.gov/Job/VeteransInformation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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CAL FIRE firefighters respond to daily emergencies including wildland fires, structure fires, accidents, heart attacks, lost hikers, spills, train wrecks, floods and earthquakes. They protect over 31 million acres of California’s wildlands and provide emergency services in 36 of the state's 58 counties. CAL FIRE’s dedicated and well-trained personnel face and overcome daily challenges.
CAL FIRE’s world-renowned aviation program responds to thousands of wildlands fires throughout California each year. CAL FIRE’s current aviation fleet includes Grumman S-2T airtanker, Bell UH-1H Super Huey Helicopters, Sikorsky S70i Helicopters, and North American OV-10A (& 1 D Model) Bronco Air Tactical Aircraft. These aircraft, highly skilled pilots, and aviation support staff are strategically located throughout California at our 14 air tanker bases, 10 CAL FIRE helitack bases and one CAL FIRE/San Diego County Sheriff helitack base. Aircraft can reach the most remote State Responsibility Area (SRA) fires in approximately 20 minutes, with the goal of keeping 95% of fires at 10 acres or less. CAL FIRE’s fleet of more than 60 fixed and rotary wing aircraft make it the largest civil aerial firefighting fleet in the world.