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Date: Aug 15, 2019

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32609

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Requisition No: 66529 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services


Position Number: 42003283 

Salary:  $35,213.36 - $38,734.80 

Posting Closing Date: 08/28/2019 






Pat Deren, 352-395-4936


Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration as a commercial pilot with an instrument rating for the appropriate aircraft and completion of seven-hundred and fifty hours of flight time.

In accordance with Florida Statute 633, any person employed in this class must:

  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent, as the term may be determined by the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services, and at least 18 years of age.
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor relating to the certification or to perjury or false statements, or a felony or a crime punishable by imprisonment of 1 year or more under the law of the United States or any state thereof or under the law of any other country, or dishonorably discharged from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.  “Convicted” means a finding of guilt or the acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, in any federal or state court or a court in any other country, without regard to whether a judgment of conviction has been entered by the court having jurisdiction of the case.
  • Submit a fingerprint card to the division with a current processing fee.  The fingerprint card will be forwarded to the Department of Law Enforcement and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by investigation under procedure established by the division.
  • Be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination as prescribed by the division.  Such examination may include, but need not be limited to, provisions of the National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet 1582.
  • Be a non-user of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application, as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant. 

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work
history, hours worked and formal education are required to be
considered in qualifying for this position.  Responses to
 Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate
Profile.  Resumes and other documentation can be
attached to provide additional information.***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
values and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. 
Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.

Current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Class 1 or Class 2 Medical Certificate.

Occasional to moderate travel required. Position may respond to emergencies, including natural disasters or other type incidents requiring travel, as needed.

The incumbent must live within thirty (30) miles of the assigned headquarters located at 5353 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, Florida, by the first day of appointment.

Florida Statute 633 requires that any person employed in this class obtain a Certificate of Compliance which includes, in addition to the above requirements, satisfactory completion of a fire fighter training program approved by the Florida Forest Service. No employee shall obtain permanent status unless the Certificate is received.

Applicants who receive a job offer must pass:

  1. Pre-employment comprehensive medical examination
  2. Pre-employment physical fitness test 

Post-employment – incumbents must pass:

  1. Annual medical examination (pulmonary function and blood pressure)
  2. Annual physical fitness test




Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.

Hours may vary due to fire emergency

The anticipated hiring salary for this position is $35,213.36 annually.


Aerial Detection and Suppression:  Provides fire intelligence and directions to fire crews engaged in fire suppression activities.  Recognizes those elements that affect fire and potential safety problems and advises ground crews.  Flies predetermined routes and areas for the purpose of sorting smokes, detecting fires, detecting insect and disease occurrences, checking best management practices on silvicultural activities, and other flights as assigned.  Coordinates with the Forestry Operations Administrator to establish fire detection routes and patterns to best cover assigned areas of responsibilities.  Participates in weekend duty rotation with pilots from adjoining districts. 

Maintains currency in assigned aircraft.  Acts as pilot-in-command flying personnel as required.  Performs preflight inspections, checks weather, flies flight plans as appropriate, performs post flight duties, such as prepares aircraft discrepancy list, fuel aircraft, ensures security of aircraft, closes flight plan, maintains pilot proficiency.  Coordinates district aircraft maintenance to include; washing and waxing aircraft, cleaning interior, changing oil, changing tires, replacing bulbs, lubricating hinges and bearings, exchanging radios (if advised to do so by Aircraft Mechanic Supervisor).

Maps and Records:  maintains current up-to-date inventory of unit maps including county, state, and aviation maps and charts; insures that dispatch maps are current with current section, township, and range; coordinates with Rangers and Duty Officers on use of latitude and longitude for fire detection and dispatching fire crews. 

Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance - State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for Individuals & Family coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction
  • Uniforms provided at no cost
  • Uniform maintenance allowance annually


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville