Aviation Safety Inspector Job at US Department of the Interior – 4.1 in Anchorage, AK
The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders.
Note: The travel requirement is generally higher from May through September and may require 15 or more nights per month. Travel is significantly less October through February.
This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of Aviation Services (OAS), Alaska Region, in Anchorage, Alaska. The incumbent will lead or conduct surveillance and inspection of diverse types of rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft and ancillary equipment to ensure maintenance and safety compliance with departmental and federal regulations.
At the Supervisor’s discretion, and if qualified, the incumbent may perform the duties of Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations) and/or Aviation Safety Inspector, Equipment Specialist (Avionics and Fuel Service Units).
The Organizational title for this position is Aviation Safety Inspector, Equipment.
At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Independently conducts periodic scheduled and unscheduled inspections to determine the contractor’s continued compliance with the requirements of the contract. The employee may unilaterally withdraw authorization cards for any aircraft or ancillary equipment if in their professional judgment the contract requirements are not met or safety deficiencies are found. Prepares a written report of findings and recommendations. Independently follows-up to assure that all deficiencies are properly corrected before reissuing authorization cards that are withdrawn.
Serves as a member of the Aviation Safety Compliance Team assisting in, planning, supervising and coordinating a team of inspectors to evaluate the DOI fleet aircraft, contractor aircraft and cooperating federal, state, and local agency aviation operations, in an assigned geographical area for use on DOI missions. Prior to inspection, coordinates review of in-house records and reports of pilots, aircraft and ancillary equipment and facilities scheduled to be reviewed.
Leads or conducts surveillance and inspections of diverse types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and ancillary equipment to ensure maintenance and safety compliance with contract requirements and OAS, Federal Aviation Regulations and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs) and other Federal regulations.
Evaluates new and existing procedures/operations for safety and cost effectiveness that relate to the selection, maintenance and use of aircraft based on the operations in which the aircraft will be used.
Provides OAS management and our customers with expert technical guidance and advice in the development, implementation and resolution of a wide range of aviation maintenance management issues related to safety, operational practices, potential contractor capability, contract modifications, policy and procedure development, and special use operations for both DOI fleet and contracted fixed-wing or helicopter aircraft.
Provides expert guidance and advisory services in the development and technical evaluation of proposed modifications to aircraft to assure compliance with safety standards and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification requirements.
Conducts in-house aircraft maintenance and equipment technical training for the purpose of standardizing procedures to DOI aviation employees and inspectors when adequate training sources are unavailable either from the manufacturer or other sources.
Note: A recruitment and/or relocation incentive may be offered at the discretion of the selecting official.
OS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
- Note: The telework referred to above is considered “occasional” and is allowed only with prior supervisor approval. This is not a remote position; the selectee will be required to report to and work from the Anchorage, AK duty location.
Salary Range Information: First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.
GS-12: $86,657 – $112,659
GS-13: $103,046 – $133,961
This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.
50% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
1825 Aviation Safety
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.
Travel – 50% or less, on average annually
Position is subject to medical requirements and incumbent must maintain medical requirements.
This position is subject to pre-employment and future drug testing.
Valid State driver’s license
At least a high school diploma or equivalent.
Minimum Qualification Requirements: To qualify for this position you must meet the General Requirements, Medical Requirements, General Aviation Requirements, Specialized Experience and the Selective Placement Factor for the grade to which you are applying.
Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal Aviation Regulations violations in the last 5 years;
Valid State driver’s license;
Fluency in the English language;
No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; and
At least a high school diploma or equivalent.
Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the Aviation Safety Inspector position in a safe and efficient manner, and must meet all of the following requirements:
Have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read printed materials the size of typewritten characters (glasses and contact lenses permitted) without strain;
Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted);
Not have any physical condition that would cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others or that would interfere with their ability to fly as passengers in a variety of aircraft.
General Aviation Maintenance Requirements: In addition to the above, applicants must also possess the general aviation maintenance minimum qualification requirements:
Experience performing the inspection, maintenance and repair of airframes, powerplants and aircraft systems with responsibility of certifying airworthiness.
Maintenance experience with aircraft 12,500 pounds or less maximum certificated takeoff weight.
General aviation aircraft maintenance work experience in a FAA certified repair station within the last 3 years.
FAA Mechanic Certificate with Airframe and Power Plant Ratings (A&P).
Must either currently possess an FAA Inspection Authorization (IA); or, possess the qualifications per 14 CFR 65.91 to obtain an FAA IA. Documentation of valid FAA Inspection Authorization must be provided by Entry on Duty date or within 30 days of job offer, whichever comes first.
Specialized Experience GS-12:Note: At the GS-12 level you may not substitute education for experience.
To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level or higher in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as (must meet all): (1) performing the inspection, maintenance and repair of airframes, powerplants and aircraft systems with responsibility of certifying airworthiness; (2) lead or provide oversight of maintenance inspections of diverse types of rotary wing and/or fixed wing aircraft and ancillary equipment to ensure quality of maintenance and safety compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.
Specialized Experience GS-13:Note: At the GS-13 level you may not substitute education for experience.
To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as (must meet all): (1) performing the inspection, maintenance and repair of airframes, powerplants and aircraft systems with responsibility of certifying airworthiness; (2) lead or provide oversight of maintenance inspections of diverse types of rotary wing and/or fixed wing aircraft and ancillary equipment to ensure quality of maintenance and safety compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations; and (3) at least 3 seasons experience maintaining and inspecting aircraft in a field environment (Field environment is defined as: On-site aircraft maintenance conducted away from main base of operations in terrain such as mountainous, desert, forest, rural, remote or other unimproved areas, in support of resource aircraft operations).
Selective Placement FactorAll applicants must currently hold, or possess the qualifications to hold, a position of Director of Maintenance as defined in 14 CFR 119.71 (e) (1&2) (three years of experience within the last 6 years maintaining aircraft as a certificated mechanic OR, have 3 years of experience within the last 6 years repairing aircraft in a certificated airframe repair station including 1 year in the capacity of approving aircraft for return to service.)-OR- Documented experience serving as an authorized aircraft inspector for a state or federal government agency responsible for issuing approval or disapproval documentation (carding) for FAA certificated small aircraft (12,500 lbs or below).
Note: You are required to provide documentation in your resume that you meet all of the requirements outlined above and experience claimed in your application. Failure to provide support in your resume that you meet the requirements outlined above and claimed experience may result in disqualification from consideration for this position.
Conditions of Employment
Driver’s License: You will be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
Physical Demands: The employee spends a significant amount of time in the field conducting aircraft and ancillary equipment maintenance inspections, performing spot investigations, and providing technical support in accident/ incident investigations, inspection work requires considerable standing, bending, stopping, and reaching into confined spaces. The employee must be physically capable of performing all aspects of the duties of the position to include climbing on, in, around and under aircraft and aviation support equipment, often utilizing ladders and work stands, for the purposes of conducting inspections.
Working Conditions: Position requires long periods of work confined to a desk with numerous contacts to be made by telephone, interpretative review of significant amounts of manually written technical data and constant scheduling and rescheduling of work activities. Position also requires performing field aircraft inspector reviews including actual inspections for intermediate periods of time on aircraft and facilities, sometimes in periods of darkness and/or in inclement weather. May be required to be outside for periods of time in extreme of heat, cold, and other weather phenomena. The overall work environment involves occasional periods of stress.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.
NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.
If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.
To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11005894
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at
Compliance Inspection – Knowledge of rotary wing and fixed wing maintenance and equipment inspection processes and procedures. Ability to perform inspections of rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft and support equipment to ensure compliance with DOI aviation contracts.
Requirements Analysis – Knowledge of current FAA Federal Regulations approved FAA maintenance practices and industry standards in order to provide the agency and its stakeholders timely and accurate aircraft maintenance and technical collaboration in the creation and implementation of policy and contract specifications.
Decision Making – Ablility to breakdown raw information and undefined problems into specific, workable components that, in turn clearly identify the issues at hand. Makes logical conclusions, anticipates obstacles, and considers different approaches that are relevant to the decision- making process.
Interpersonal Skills: Ability to meet and deal effectively with people of various backgrounds, occupations, government levels (federal, state, and local) to accomplish the overall mission of the organization.
Technology Application – Integrates technology into the workplace; develops strategies using new technology to manage and improve program effectiveness; understands the impact of technological changes on the organization.
Technical Competence – Skill in using aviation maintenance diagnostic techniques, principles and practices to evaluate aircraft airworthiness and the safe operation of ancillary equipment.
Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) SF-50’s showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50’s submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority; (7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.
You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/.
If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran’s preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
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This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.
Family of overseas employees
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Federal employees – Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees – Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Land & base management
Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Clarification from the agency
This is a Merit Promotion announcement for Government employees and those who are eligible under the hiring paths listed. For further clarification please click here: https://www.bsee.gov/what-we-do/administrative-services/human-resources/eligibility
About the Company
Company: US Department of the Interior – 4.1
Company Location: Anchorage, AK