Chief Sheriff’s Pilot
- Job Code: S2791
- Pay Grade:SP
- Pay Scale:$32.38-$41.75 Hourly; $70,717.92-$91,182.00 Annually
Perform helicopter or fixed-wing pilot/copilot/tactical flight officer duties that include the supervision of assigned staff as a law enforcement officer in support of operational mission requirements.
Duties & Responsibilities
Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
- Perform helicopter or fixed-wing pilot/copilot/tactical flight officer duties as a law enforcement officer in support of operational mission requirements that include reconnaissance, surveillance, traffic control, search and rescue, and passenger transport.
- Supervise the work of assigned officers by scheduling, assigning, and reviewing work; provide training, and counseling; and evaluate performance.
- Develop flight plans in accordance with flight manual; operational requirements; and federal, state, and county procedures and regulations.
- Perform preflight and post flight inspections to determine the aircraft's airworthiness including the visual inspection of flight controls, engine, propellers, night vision, and rotor systems.
- Secure aircraft after mission completion; record flight time, damages, and malfunctions in flight logs and maintenance records; prepare reports; and coordinate required maintenance with ground support personnel.
- Maintain aircrew proficiency and certification in accordance with FAA rules and regulations.
- Perform law enforcement deputy duties.
- Administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid as required.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Considerable knowledge of FAA, state, and county laws, rules, and ordinances and operating procedures governing flight operations and aircraft maintenance including air traffic control rules and procedures.
- Considerable knowledge of aircraft operational control including instrumentation, weather, emergency procedures, radio communications, and navigation.
- Working knowledge of the functions, services, procedures, and regulations of assigned unit or department.
- Working knowledge of supervisory functions.
- Working knowledge of federal, state, and county laws and ordinances pertinent to law enforcement.
- Working knowledge of law enforcement guidelines and criminal investigation methods and techniques.
- Skill in the operation of helicopters and single engine fixed wing aircraft in congested and remote areas and at low altitude ground levels.
- Skill in the use of aircraft computer operated systems to include gyro stabilized infra-red camera systems, microwave downlink, moving map, and airborne recording systems.
- Skill in the use of Aviation Night Vision Systems.
- Skill in the use and care of firearms and other law enforcement related equipment.
- Ability to use aircraft crash survival equipment and techniques.
- Ability to administer CPR and First Aid.
- Ability to read maps, flight manuals, and navigational charts.
- Ability to identify and implement in-flight and ground emergency procedures.
- Ability to prepare and maintain flight logs, records, and reports.
- Ability to handle confidential information.
- Ability to follow established procedures.
- Ability to work effectively with others.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to act quickly and correctly in emergencies.
- Ability to pay close attention to detail.
- Ability to enforce the law courteously, tactfully, firmly, and impartially.
- Ability to climb, bend, balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch at ground level.
- Ability to work non-standard duty hours and rotating shifts that include nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds short distances over rough and/or uneven terrain.
- Ability to swim and tread water wearing a flight suit, boots, and 20 pounds of equipment.
- Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
- Ability to work in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
- Ability to use a computer and related software.
Minimum Education & Experience
- An associate's degree from an accredited institution of higher education or 60 semester hours/90 quarter hours towards a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Possession of a FAA Commercial Rotorcraft Pilot's License and Class II Flight Medical Certificate.
- Possession of instructor level certification through the FAA.
- Possession of a State of Florida Law Enforcement Officer Certification or ability to take Equivalency of Training (EOT) Course and certification exam.
- Five years of experience as a state, county, or city law enforcement officer.
- Two years of experience instructing law enforcement pilots.
Additionally, the following is required:
- Live within Hillsborough County or within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment/employment.
Preferred Education & Experience
- A minimum of 1000 hours of turbine helicopter time, 500 hours of fixed wing time, and 200 hours of night vision goggle time.
Additional Job Requirements
- Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
- Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
- No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
- No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
- No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
- No felony convictions within lifetime.
- No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
- No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
- Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.
General Benefit Information
Benefits include but are not limited to:
- Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
- Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
- Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
- Employee Assistance Program
- Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
- Tuition reimbursement
- Paid training