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Aviation Specialist Position Descriptor

One whose primary purpose is to provide leadership and coordinationin all facets of the aviation management program, including policy compliance, fiscal management, and adherence to established safety policy and procedures.

I. Program Management


This element requires a thorough knowledge of aviation management, agency policy and regulation, and management skills to direct a safe, efficient complex aviation program.


1. Develop, implement and evaluate program goals and objectives in support of mission accomplishment.
2. Develop, implement and evaluate fiscal activities.
3. Supervision and development of employees.
4. Agency and interagency relations development and maintenance.
5. Program monitoring, evaluation, implmentation of corrective actions.
6. Identify research needs and apply new technologies.
7. Aircraft capabilities.
8. Pilot management.
9. Policy and regulations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of natural resource management concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the full range of duties associated with fire aviation management.

Knowledge of fire suppression/prescribed fire tools and equipment.

Knowledge of agency and interagency fire business management practices and procedures.

Knowledge of agency financial management system, contracting, procurement, and payroll.

Ability to develop, implement and monitor an aviation budget.

Knowledge of the policies and process of personnel management.

Knowlegge of the systems, methods, and techniques of personnel motivation, development, organization, supervision, and evaluation of staff, to emphasize accountability.

Working knowledge of process and sources of training, agency/interagency qualifications and certification standards and procedures.

Ability to apply sound personnel management skills, to include supervision, coaching, training, and motivation and evaluation.

Knowledge of cooperating agencies' mission, organization and operating procedures.

Ability to interact as a fully functional member of internal/external teams.

Knowledge of development of cooperative agreements, Memoranda of Understanding and Memoranda of Agreement.

Knowledge of organization and function of cooperating interagency fire organizations, such as National Wildfire Coordinating Group, National Interagency Coordination Center, Geographic Area Coordinating Group, state and local groups.

Comprehensive knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation process and procedures.

Working knowledge of reporting requirements and procedures.

Ability to monitor and evaluate Aviation Program elements and determine their effectivenss in meeting management goals and objectives.

Ability to apply corrective actions to increase efficiencies and effectiveness.

Ability to identify and define aviation management issues.

Ability to provide competent and timely direction to all unit personnel in all aspects of aviation management.

Advanced knowledge of capabilities and limitations of fixed and rotor winged aircraft.

Ability to use interpersonnel communication skills to ensure cooperation and coordination between personnel to meet mission objectives including flight crews, contractors, cooperators, agency personnel and the public.

Knowledge of and ability to ensure operations are conducted in accordance with FAA, OAS, and agency rules and regulations.

Determine if the knowledge is available to resolve the issue. IF not, develop research recommendations.

Ability to apply new and existing technology in aviation management activities.

II. Tactical Application of Aircraft


This element requires an extensive knowledge of aircraft utilization, fire behavior, fire suppression tactics, and the Incident Command System. These skill levels must be sufficient to manage a safe, cost effective aviatiion operation on complex, mult-aircraft incidents.


1. Aircraft Utilization
2. Incident Command System
3. Fire Suppression Tactics
4. Fire Behavior

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of safe and efficient use of aviation resources on routine and emergency operations.

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies

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