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Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot

Company: East Bay Regional Park District
Location: Castro Valley
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Position

Under general supervision, serves as a peace officer/pilot in the Air Support Unit to perform a wide variety of police services and public assistance; and performs related duties as assigned.

Vacancy Situation:The Police Department is seeking to hireas many as two (2) qualified applicants which may be at the recruit, or lateral level. Hiring pools established as a result of each selection process will be in effect for one year and will be used to fill vacancies that may occur within the life of the hiring pools. Applicants not selected during the life of the hiring pool may reapply in accordance with the application instructions.

  • Police Officer Recruitpay while attending academy: $35.63 hourly
  • Police Officer starting pay while under instruction of Field Training Officer (FTO): $43.34 hourly
  • Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot starting pay upon assignmentto the Air Support Unit: $59.32 hourly

What You'll Be Doing as Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot:For applicants not holding Peace Officer status in the State of Calfornia you will start as a Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot Recruit. This is an entry level classification and a non-sworn position which has no police officer powers. As a Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot Recruit, you will attend a Peace Officer Basic Training Academy approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) in order to successfully complete the course of study necessary to gain Peace Officer status in the State of California. Your academic progress and physical achievements will be closely monitored during this training period. Upon successful completion of the Post Basic Training Academy, you will be considered for appointment as a sworn Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot for the East Bay Regional Park District. Upon successfully completing the Police Department Police/Officer Field Training Program and demonstrating appropriate policing skill sets and good judgement in the field, the recruit (or Lateral) will then transfer to the Air Support Unit for further training in the public safety aviation missions tasked to the unit. This includes aircraft factory training and operating unit aircraft and systems as both a Tactical Flight Officer and Pilot-in-Commandduring law enforcement, fire suppression, medical, and rescue wildlife and field survey flights, in both day and night conditions (NVG). After successfully completion of this training phase you will be assigned as Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot, Pilot-in-Command.

We're Looking For Someone Who:

  • Enjoys being challenged andis self-motivated;
  • Enjoys and understands the importance of public service;
  • Appreciates the value of publicly accessibleopen spaceand wishes to work with like-minded folks to preservesuch opportunities for future generations;
  • Wants to be an integral part of a well-respected and recognizedpublic safety departmentthat impacts the communities it serves.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job:

  • Meaningful and valued work connected to our organizational mission;
  • Daily challenges as part of an excellent team;
  • Great benefits including medical, dental, tuition reimbursement, and a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS);
  • Sponsorship in a POST Basic Training Academy.
  • 3% wage increase scheduled for the pay period that includes October 1, 2020.

Our Values:

  • Respect:We honor each other, the park users we serve, and the land we steward.
  • Resilience: We creatively adapt to change.We address challenges with empathy, perspective, and determination.
  • Relationships:Our greatest strength lies in the trust, accountability, and teamwork we cultivate with our colleagues, partners, and the public we serve.
  • Responsiveness: We communicate openly, honestly and reliably.
  • Transparency:We hold the public's trust through meaningful stakeholder engagement and unfettered access to timely and reliable information on decisions and performance.

Essential Functions

The essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves in the Air Support Unit as a pilot for the primary purpose of flying the Public Safety Division's helicopters to provide for the safety and welfare of park users and employees within the Park District;
  • Operates a helicopter into and out of sparsely populated terrain and parkland under often severe weather conditions; may perform one or more of the following:
  • Provides information to the public regarding park lands and facilities;
  • Assists distressed park visitors; aids other park employees with any public safety problems;
  • Contacts members of the public and employees regarding any matter concerning public safety and welfare;
  • Answers radio calls for all types of police services and investigate traffic accidents, and takes injury reports;
  • Investigates criminal offenses and issues citations or makes arrests for violations of all laws and ordinances when necessary;
  • Conducts covert airborne surveillance while in pursuit of fleeing suspects or when searching for persons of interest; conducts night vision goggle operations as needed law enforcement patrol;
  • Writes detailed and accurate reports covering public safety incidents; prepares cases for court and testifies as necessary;
  • Performs rescue work and administers first aid when needed;

Provides fire suppression with water bucket, and/or long line external load operations;Reports on wildfire conditions and assists with traffic and crowd control; provides aerial observation, support, and coordination for police and fire units; performs a variety of flying assignments;Documents and logs the activities of the aviation unit; assists in ensuring the safety of flight operations and equipment with maintenance staff;Provides uniformed patrol of parks by automobile, motorcycle, boat, horseback, or on foot as needed;Works days, nights, or holidays, and in adverse weather conditions;Performs any other duties necessary and required for the safety and protection of park users and employees within the Park District and other assigned patrol areas;Performs related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications

Education: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by successful completion of 24 semester or 36 quarter units of college level courses. For purposes of this requirement, credit will be given for units recognized by POST in the completion of a Basic POST training course through an accredited institution or agency. Additionally, credit will be given for two years of Active Military Service.


Experience: 1,500 logged hours of Rotorcraft/Helicopter Pilot in Command Time (500 hours PIC must be in a turbine powered helicopter). Airbus H125 Series experience desirable.


A Lateral applicant must possess a valid State of California Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) Basic Certificate or is currently working as a police officer in a California POST agency or has worked in the job classification within one year of application. Applicant must be able to show proof of successful completion of the California POST agency-specific field training program.

License or Certificate:Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record is a condition of initial and continued employment.


Possession of an F.A.A. Class II Medical Certificate.


Possession of an F.A.A. Commercial Pilot Certificate with a Rotorcraft/Helicopter rating.

Additional Information

Knowledge of:

  • Helicopter flight control systems and equipment;
  • Interagency Helicopter Operations Guidelines;
  • Federal Aviation Regulations and the Aeronautical Information Manual;
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:

  • Operate helicopters in mountainous terrain;
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a focus on quality service to internal staff and external customers and park users.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship within 3 years from date of employment.
  • Applicant must be 21 years of age (entry-level applicants must be 20.5 years of age) at time of appointment.
  • Must meet current peace officer selection standards as set by the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST); must be of good character and reputation and not have been convicted of a felony crime or serious misdemeanor offense and must be able to pass a rigorous background investigation; must possess the physical and mental capacity to work under various weather conditions and to perform the duties as required by their assigned position; must be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might interfere with the ability to perform the essential functions of Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot duties, as determined by the Park District's physician/psychologist; must be able to
  • meet the medical standards for an F.A.A. Class II Medical Certificate; must be willing to work evenings, weekends, and holiday shifts as needed.
  • The probationary period is eighteen months. Laterals may be hired above the start step. In conformance with POST regulations, Lateral or Academy Graduate applicants separated from active law enforcement or Academy Training more than 3 years must repeat the State Basic Training Standards and will not be considered for appointment on a Lateral or Academy Graduate basis.

Union Affiliation:The Park District's Police Association (PA) represents this classification. Wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment are covered in an agreement between the Park District and the PA.

Application materials for this position consist ofthree (3) required parts:

  • A completed East Bay Regional Park District NeoGov Application;and
  • A copy of your college transcripts (official or unofficial); and
  • Completed supplemental questions

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at leastone (1)hour to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. If you have previously applied to a recruitment on, please take care to update your existing profile.Applications are accepted online only. Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have any problems while applying online, please contact theNeoGovHelp Desk toll-free at (855) 524-5627.

Notification:All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application via email, generally within two to three weeks after the closing date. You may also sign into your account to view your current application status and notifications.

Selection Process:The application materials for all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by a screening panel to select the best qualified for testing and/or interview. The Park District reserves the right to set up a written test, performance test, and/or other assessment proceduresbefore or after the interview process.Possession of minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or invitation to test. Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Reform Act of 1986, all applicants who are hired will be required to provide proof of identity and appropriate work authorization documents prior to commencement of employment.

The selection process will include the following:

  • Physical Ability Test:Those applicants who pass will proceed to the oral board interviews
  • Oral Board Interview:Applicants who are successful at passing the physical ability test will be invited to an interview with the Chief.
  • Background Investigation:A thorough investigation of a personal history, including but not limited to work history, education, military, arrest record, etc., will be conducted on candidates certified to the Police Department. A polygraph is a part of the background examination.
  • Medical/Psychological Evaluation:After receiving a conditional offer of employment, candidates must successfully complete a required medical/psychological examination prior to appointment.

Optional:Out of State candidates will be provided the opportunity to take POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB).

Special Testing Arrangements:If you require special arrangements due to a verified disability or medical condition, please contact the Human Resources Department at 510-544-2154.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The East Bay Regional Park District, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Keywords: East Bay Regional Park District, Castro Valley , Police Officer/Helicopter Pilot, Other , Castro Valley, California

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