UAS Specialist Operator - ACUASI

UAS Specialist Operator - ACUASI


Job No: 521789


Work Type: On Campus, Staff Full-time


Location: Fairbanks


Categories: Other, Research/Science/Grants


The UAF's Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) is recruiting for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Remote Pilot with general aviation and UAS aviation background to join our team and help safely integrate UAS into the National Airspace System. ACUASI is a world leader in the UAS field, working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the UAS industry to help develop, test and prove equipment and techniques to allow the use of UAS for a variety of missions such as cargo delivery, infrastructure monitoring, and mammal surveys. The successful candidate will collaborate with other UAS pilots, scientists, researchers, and commercial entities to integrate payloads onto UAS to help achieve the goal of UAS operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, based on education and experience. ***US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE LIST YOUR CURRENT CITIZENSHIP STATUS IN EITHER YOUR COVER LETTER OR RESUME*** This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.




10Assist management with developing policies and procedures.Essential 10Maintain Inventory controlEssential 10Provide support equipment preventive maintenanceEssential 14Perform instructional training in all aspects of unmanned aircraft system utilizatrion within the National Airspace System meeting regulatory policy and procedural requirements.Essential 41Summary: Individual performs as an observer, pilot, instructor or pilot in command for UAF''s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. Must be capable of controlling an unmanned aircraft semi-autonomously (preprogrammed) via the GCS or controlling the unmanned aircraft manually via line-of-sight. Duties include flying or overseeing pilots/operators flying UAS under UAF''s authority as well as maintaining all documentation, training, and aircraft required to safely conduct UAS operations in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration and UAF policies, procedures, and regulations. Maintain safe and positive control of the aircraft during all phases of flight including intent to conduct flight operations. Taking appropriate actions during emergencies. Safe aircraft operation which includes but is not limited to maintaining diligent lookout and listening doctrine with available sensors, radios, and other ground control station equipment . Following air traffic control clearances. Monitoring and announcing flight parameters including, but not limited to, airspeed and altitude as required. Monitoring flight instruments and fuel, and announcing parameters during takeoff and controllability checks. Notifying crewmembers of any planned abrupt aircraft maneuvers, changes in switch positions or aircraft configuration. Computing performance data and completing appropriate presets and checklists. Safely operating the sensor payload and analyzing and reporting sensor data pertinent to safety of flight and mission accomplishment to the Project Manager and Principle Investigator. Utilizing sensor payload as necessary to collect the requested data and as appropriate for safe navigation; and stowing / securing payload for recovery. Perform aircraft system maintenance per aircraft manufacturer''s procedures.Essential 5Assist Project Managers and Principle Investigators with flight planning and briefingsEssential 5Complete required operational documentationEssential 5Develop and present briefingsEssential

This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.


Geophysical Institute:


The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.


This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Ability to obtain and maintain an FAA Second Class medical certificate.


Understanding and knowledge of 14 Code of Federal Regulations.


Aviation flight experience with unmanned aircraft systems, remote control aircraft and/or manned aircraft..


Must be a US Citizen per ITAR regulations.


Speak, read and write fluent English


Travel both nationally and internationally for extended periods normally not greater than 30 days


Ability to lift greater than 40 pounds.


Experience working directly with clients and partners.


Experience with public speaking.

Typical Experience: Master's degree in aeronautical engineering or related field plus 2 years manned or unmanned aircraft experience. Preferred equivalent experience is 10 years manned or unmanned aviation experience or 1000 flight hours.


Pass FAA Private pilot ground school


Commitment to obtain FAA airplane or helicopter pilot license within six months of employment.


Minimum private pilot license is required for this position. Required Education or Training:

10 years aviation experience or 1000 flight hours

Salary Information:

This position is full-time,, term-funded, exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and New hires will be placed on the, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN AND PROVIDE THIS CONFIRMATION IN YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER. This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.


To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application. Please submit your application no later than 09/20/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 09/21/2022. This posting will be closed once it is filled.


If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357.


Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.


UAF COVID Requirements:


Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.


*Employees based on UAF's Troth Yeddha' (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.


This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


Applications Close: Open until filled


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Fairbanks, AK

11 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2022-10-16