Helicopter Aerial Wildland Firefighter Pilot
State of Washington
 Tumwater, WA


Helicopter Aerial Wildland Firefighter Pilot

Wildfire Division – Tumwater

Recruitment #2019-10-7694

This is a represented, permanent, year round position with a full-time schedule during fire season (April- November; approximately 7 months) and then part-time schedule during the off season (November-April; 5 months).

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

Looking for a fast-paced, exciting, and rewarding career in Wildfire? The Wildfire Division - Aviation Section has an opening for an Aerial Wildland Firefighter Helicopter Pilot. DNR Aviation utilizes 9 highly modified Bell UH-1H Huey helicopters 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 / Belly Tank Water Drops, Cargo Delivery, 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 objective. 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.

What will we trust you with?

  • Critical decision making
  • Autonomy
  • Leadership
  • Effective communication

Why work for DNR?

At DNR, we value public service, innovation and creative problem solving, safety and well-being, and leadership and teamwork. At DNR you'll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state's natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you'll work with the public's interest in mind as we manage more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. But managing lands is only half of our story. We house the Washington Geological Survey, a dynamic program that is the primary source of geological products and services in support of decision making in Washington. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

We are nearly 1,500 employees strong and dedicated to making DNR a great place to work. Our mission is to serve Washington's lands and communities; build strong and healthy rural communities; enhance forest health and wildfire management; strengthen the health and resilience of our lands and waters; and increase public engagement and commitment to our public lands and resources. In partnership with citizens and governments, we provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally, economically and socially for current and future generations.

The Location

One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Tumwater.

What makes DNR a great place to work?

  • Transitioning to a modern work environment
  • Mobile work
  • Infants at work program
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Work/life balance
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Educational aid and career development stipends
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • Opportunities to stretch your professional skills
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days.

Why do people choose to work for DNR?

“I enjoy the clients I support and there are a ton of smart, fun, passionate people in this agency that I have the privilege of interacting with and learning from. DNR is a great place because of the people who are here. They are passionate, hard-working, loyal, intelligent, kind, and FUN! The aspects of the agency that speak to me are how diverse the work is that we do; from forests to grass lands, from mountain tops to under water, the composition of the agency made up by various different responsibilities makes it so interesting.“

“I am committed to this agency's purpose, the Washington Geological Survey is an amazing place full of innovative, creative, and open-minded people, and I get great satisfaction from serving Washington's residents. I love it here because this place loves me. I like how I am made to feel valued, appreciated, and I feel that my skills are constantly being broadened. I am generally my only limitation.“

“The idea of managing the resources in perpetuity really speaks to me. I like that the work DNR does tries to strike a balance between business and conservation and that I don't have to compromise one for the other because I am expected to do both. We are expected to be good stewards of the resources and the decisions we make mean something...in perpetuity.“

Who are we looking for?

Required Qualifications:

The right candidate has:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Basic 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.
  • 100 Flight Hours - Helicopter Pilot in Command in Type II/III helicopter.
  • 25 Flight Hours Pilot in Command or the ability to receive 50 hours within the first 3 months of hire in a Type II UH-1H helicopter or equivalent (B205, B212, B412).
  • 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, or a current Military APART Flight Evaluation.
  • 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 peer in a fast paced, stressful environment.
  • Ability to consistently make sound decisions with little direct supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
  • 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.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel heavily within the state during fire season.
  • Successfully meet all requirements for annual pilot agency qualification and OAS/USFS longline flight and oral evaluation (Including 75/150 ft. longlines buckets/cargo) to interagency Practical Test standards within 3 months of hire then at a minimum triennially thereafter as directed by OAS/USFS in accordance with NASF Cooperators Aviation Standards for interagency Fire.
  • Possess a valid Federal Aviation Administration Airline Transport Pilot - Helicopter or Commercial Pilot license - Helicopter.
  • Possess a valid Class 1 or 2 FAA Medical Certificate which is valid through November of the current or upcoming fire season.
  • Must successfully complete IAT online courses MH-1, MH-2, MH-3, and A-110 within 30 days of hire and then every 36 months thereafter.
  • Must successfully complete DNR Agency required classes within 30 days of employment.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have three years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements. 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 three years.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • 100 Flight Hours Helicopter Pilot in Command in UH-1 Huey Helicopters.
  • 10 Hours LonglineVertical Reference Pilot in Command Solo Flight Time.
  • 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.
  • Qualified as a Washington DNR Aerial Wildland Firefighter Pilot Basic/Advanced/Trainer.
  • Incident Command System Qualifications.
  • Safety Management System (SMS) Familiarly.


To be considered you must apply online at www.careers.wa.gov (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.

  • You must attach the following:
  • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.
  • A resume including the names of three to five professional references
  • A copy of your current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight certificates. (Airline Transport Pilot or Commercial Pilot License – Helicopter)
  • A copy of your current valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Class 1 or 2 medical certificate.
  • The last two complete pages of your pilot logbook or official company flight record.
  • A copy of current flight review or FAA pilot proficiency check.
  • A copy of your current state driver's license.

Optional attachments:

  • Part 133/135/137 Qualifications
  • ICS Qualifications
  • USFS/OAS Pilot Cards
  • FAA or Military Instructor Certifications

Carefully review your application materials before submitting. If you fail to submit the required documents or complete the entire online application, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.

Application Status – once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly.

Questions? Please contact Todd Peterson at 360-902-2109, todd.peterson@dnr.wa.gov or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, pregnancy/parental status, genetic information, military status, political affiliation, criminal history or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained service animal by a person with a disability. Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.