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Chief Sheriff’s Pilot

  • Job Code: S2791
  • Pay Grade:SP
  • Pay Scale:$32.38-$41.75 Hourly; $70,717.92-$91,182.00 Annually
  • Exempt:No


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