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U.S. Forest Service

Aviation Safety Inspector (Avionics)

The USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region, will soon be filling the Aviation Safety Inspector, GS-1825- 12, position located in the R4 Regional Office in Ogden, Utah. The incumbent will serve as a full time avionics maintenance technician and inspector for the Intermountain Region’s WCF aircraft as well as support of other Regional and Washington Office projects. The Aviation Safety Inspector provides technical assistance to a wide variety of Forests, individuals and organizations, regionally and at the national level. The individual participates in the inspection of contracted firefighting aircraft, training, field evaluations, safety evaluations and provides oral and written answers to various inquiries. They will assist in the planning and administration of Regional and National Aviation Maintenance Operations to ensure adequate support in accomplishing the agency's mission. The incumbent will also perform avionics maintenance on agency owned FAA certificated aircraft under a mechanic’s license or under the supervision of another. Travel in this position will be required but is considered to be occasional to frequent. The incumbent will spend 25% or less of their time in travel status. The primary responsibilities for the incumbent are inspection and approval of Forest Service owned, contractor and cooperator aircraft avionics. Performs Unit level avionics scheduling, planning, budgeting and maintenance for the aviation avionics program to include equipment, aircraft and operator inspections. Performs as an Aviation Safety Inspector, (Avionics) for the program scope of inspections, surveillance of air taxis, and repair facilities contracted to the U.S. Forest Service or cooperating agencies. The Inspector is responsible to assure compliance with Forest Service policy and applicable 14 CFR requirements in regards to aircraft avionics and their installation and repair. May participate as a team member of an Aviation Safety and Technical Assistance Team (ASTAT), panel member to evaluate solicitation proposals, air base audits or reviews and serve as subject matter experts on special projects. Perform as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) on solicitations regarding aviation avionics. Applicants for Aviation Avionics Safety Inspector (Avionics) positions must meet all of the following requirements: 1. Experience involving the maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of FAA civil certificated avionics systems of multi-engine aircraft maintained under an airworthiness maintenance, repair and inspection program. 2. Civil aircraft avionics maintenance, repair and troubleshooting experience in a repair station; air carrier or airline repair facility; military repair facility; or local, state, or Federal governmental agency. 3. Experience involving the maintenance, modification and repair of avionics installed in civil aircraft with responsibility for certifying airworthiness. 4. Aircraft avionics maintenance, repair and modification work experience within the last 3 years. 5. The incumbent for this position is required to hold a current and valid Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL). Candidates who possess an A&P or Airframe only license will be favorably considered. We are looking for individuals with a robust civil avionics maintenance background that will, on occasion, be performing avionics maintenance on agency owned, FAA certificated aircraft outside the umbrella of a repair station. The starting annual salary for this position is GS-12 step 1 ($76,721.00) and is eligible to advance to step 10 ($99,741.00) through the established process. This is an opportunity for a rewarding career as a permanent full time employee with benefits such as retirement eligibility, Thrift Savings Plan options that include matching government funds of up to the first 5% of salary contributions, eligible for government subsidized health insurance plus other non-tangible benefits. This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the USDA Drug Free Workplace Program. All applicants selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Incumbents of this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis on an ongoing random basis, after appointment as directed. Vacancy Announcement The vacancy announcement for this position is concurrently open under DEMO (announcement #20-R4SVJAN-0451-652935DP-MW ) and MERIT (announcement # 20-R4SVJAN- 0451-652935G-MW ) rules and is posted in USAJOBS until February 5, 2020. The U.S. Government's official website for employment opportunities is Outreach Response Interested applicants, or those desiring further information, should contact Kevin Bailey at email


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