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Airport Service Worker I/II – Department of Aviation Jobs in McKinleyville, CA at Humboldt County

Title: Airport Service Worker I/II – Department of Aviation

Company: Humboldt County

Location: McKinleyville, CA



Department of Aviation, California Redwood Coast Humboldt County Airport

The County of Humboldt Department of Aviation has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team! As a Department of Aviation employee, you will work in an environment with other motivated individuals who are passionate about their work.
What You’ll Do:

Maintain the airfield and report/correct problems to ensure safe operation of the airport.
Assist aircraft operators and work with and respond to tenants, contractors, and various public and private agencies.
Accept fuel deliveries and monitors fuel quality and inventory.
Conduct routine safety and security checks of airport grounds, facilities, and buildings.
Operate and maintain a variety of vehicles and equipment including trucks, power and hand tools.
Provide emergency response, including aircraft rescue and fire fighting.

Where You’ll Do It:

This position will be located in McKinleyville, California at the California Redwood Coast Humboldt County Airport (ACV). The County also manages five other airports throughout the County and employees will regularly use a county vehicle to travel to these airports to perform similar work. Current schedules include 10-hour day or night shifts and includes working on holidays and weekends. Schedules my change dependent upon the needs of the organization. There are several additional pay incentives for this classification including: an annual uniform allowance, on-call incentive pay, and shift differential incentive pay.

Supplemental Information:

This recruitment is open until filled. County Human Resources reserves the right to close this recruitment at any time.
Applications will be collected and forwarded to the department on a weekly basis until the position is filled.

Qualified candidates must be available to work shifts between 3:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight, seven days a week, including holidays.

Prior to appointment, successful candidates will be required to pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 10-year criminal history background investigation.

This recruitment will be used to establish an eligibility list for permanent and grant funded positions.


Under general supervision, performs routine and skilled work in the maintenance and repair of airport facilities, runways and equipment; maintains airport safety and security and provides emergency services as necessary; performs related work as assigned.


Airport Service Worker I is the entry level class in this series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn and perform a variety of duties in aviation services and airport operations. This class is alternately staffed with Airport Service Worker II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level class.

Airport Service Worker II is the skilled working level class in this series. Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of duties with minimal supervision. While this class contains some work elements found in maintenance classes, it is distinguished from these classes in that these duties relate specifically to aviation services and airport operations. This class is distinguished from Airport Operations Supervisor in that the latter has day-to-day supervisory responsibility for aviation services and airport operations.


Conducts routine safety and security checks of airport grounds, facilities and buildings; reports and/or corrects problems to ensure safe operation of the airport; maintains and ensures clearance of restricted areas.
Checks and secures airport terminal and other buildings at the end of the work day; periodically checks for trespassers, vandals and other unauthorized persons and vehicles; notifies proper authorities as necessary.
Assists aircraft operators in parking and tie down activities; services aircraft by adding fuel and engine oil and washing windshields; collects and records fuel and parking fees.
Accepts fuel deliveries and fills fuel truck; monitors fuel quality and inventory; checks fueling equipment.
Provides emergency services by operating fire fighting equipment and extinguishing aircraft fires; administers first aid; attends aircraft fire fighting and first aid training classes.
Maintains the airfield by changing and repairing runway and taxiway lights, sweeping runways and taxiways and resetting breakers.
Performs minor maintenance and repairs on airport buildings, facilities, equipment and vehicles; operates and maintains a variety of vehicles and equipment such as trucks, tractors, forklifts, pumps and power and hand tools.
Maintains records and maintains various files related to the work performed; uses a radio to receive and dispatch information.


Knowledge of:

Principles, practices and terminology of airport operations and services.
Tools, equipment and supplies used in the maintenance and repair of airport buildings, facilities and grounds.
Federal Aviation Administration and state rules and regulations governing airport operations and safety.
Airport security, safety and emergency plans.
Operation and maintenance of airport fire fighting equipment.
Safe work methods and safety practices related to the work.
Basic recordkeeping principles and practices.

Skill in:

Conducting safety and security checks to identify problem situations.
Fueling aircraft safely and efficiently.
Operating and maintaining a variety of vehicles, equipment and tools.
Responding quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
Operating fire fighting equipment, extinguishing fires and administering aid.
Maintaining and repairing airport buildings, facilities and equipment.
Making accurate arithmetic calculations and keeping basic records.
Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Other Requirements:

Must possess a valid California driver’s license. Must possess sufficient strength and stamina to maneuver equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Must obtain CPR and First Aid certification within six months of hire.

Desirable Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is:

Airport Service Worker I: Two years of experience in general building and facility maintenance work.

Airport Service Worker II: In addition to the above, one year of airport operations and maintenance experience at a level equivalent to the County’s class of Airport Service Worker I.


CalPERS Retirement

Tier I: Up to 12/31/2012: 3% @ 50
Tier II: Post 1/1/2013: 2.7% @ 57

Selection Procedure
The County’s Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job. Jobs are filled through competitive examinations.
A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts.
Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination, or an evaluation of education and experience.

Policy of Nondiscrimination
The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is wheelchair-accessible by entering the Courthouse from the ramp located on the east side of the building next to the marked handicapped parking. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at
(707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance.

The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.

How to Apply
A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for. Applications may only be submitted online through the County’s automated application system at no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer. All applications are screened by subject matter experts. The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing.

It is important that your application show all the relevant experience and education you possess.

Please read the job requirements section of the announcement. Be sure you meet these requirements since they will be carefully evaluated during the selection process. Your performance in this examination will be compared with the performance of others who take the test. All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores. The examination results will be emailed to you as quickly as possible. Scores will be provided in writing only.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: A pre-employment medical examination provided by the County may be required upon offer of employment.

OTHER EXAMINATIONS: Some positions also require psychological evaluation and/or extensive background investigation.

LICENSES: Some classifications require possession of valid professional and/or technical licenses. Some classifications may require the possession of a valid California driver’s license.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Persons appointed to regular County positions serve a probationary period. This is normally six months, but may be up to one year. All designated safety employees in the Sheriff’s Department serve a one year probationary period.

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: It is the County’s intention to hire only those workers who are authorized to work in the United States, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990. If you are offered employment you will be required to verify your eligibility to work in the United States. For law enforcement positions you will be required to verify your U.S. citizenship or legalized status.

All County of Humboldt employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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