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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist

Wallops Island, Virginia
Closing date
Dec 6, 2022

1. Maps out multi-dimensional spaces, and rotates UAS devices to maintain the correct spatial relations between each object
2. Plans and executes flight plans in accordance with 14 CFR Part 107 Unmanned Aircraft Systems, other applicable Parts to include (61, 91, 135, 145) FAA rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
3. Conducts preflight planning to include mission briefings, analyzing weather forecasts, checking Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), Special Instructions (SPINs) and airspace requirements. Analyses aerial photographs and uses computer systems.
4. Executes customer mission requirements through the successful delivery of full motion video and/or specialized data.
5. Performs UAS equipment testing, troubleshooting and maintenance. If required coordinate with subject matter experts (SMEs) to resolve issues beyond the scope of field troubleshooting. Coordinates mission specifics with stakeholders and Mission Logs.
6. Completes post-mission reporting requirements and performs UAS equipment testing, troubleshooting and maintenance. Coordinates with SMEs to resolve issues beyond the scope of troubleshooting.
7. Handles and secures confidential data securely. Anticipates requirements beyond those that immediately affect the program and assist in implementing actions to satisfy those requirements. Provides complete and prompt information regarding status of programs, customer problems, issues and trends.
8. Determines the UAS platform (e.g. fixed wing or rotator craft) to be used for a mission based on the type of information, to be collected during the mission and other performance meters such as range, attitude, and endurance.

Work is generally sedentary, but may require walking, standing, bending or carrying of light objects and may require the operation of a government vehicle. May involve periods of stress. Work is routinely accomplished in an office environment. May require visits to various field offices and facilities or to work outside for short periods of time for observation of work.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation may be required.
  • Position will be filled at FG-09, step 01 unless highest previous rate is authorized and approved.
  • Please see Required Documents & Additional Information Sections.


TO QUALIFY AT THE GS/FG-09 level, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/FG-07 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE includes but not limited to: Experience with 14 CFR (61, 91, 107, 135, 145) rules, regulations, and applicability. Experience with mapping/spatial reasoning: understanding of coordinate systems, contours, other map elements. Experience in planning and organizing multiple work activities to draw well-constructed conclusions about UAS flight operations.


Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR Two full years of progressively higher level education leading to such degree OR LL.B or J.D., if related OR Combination of qualifying education and experience equivalent to the amount required.


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF): Qualified candidates must have operational experience with various UAS platforms (e.g. Fixed-wing, Multi-rotor, Rotorcraft, Hybrid platforms, Predator B, and Fire Scout) OR radio controlled (RC) planes.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History.

Applicants may be asked to verify information on their application for employment with the FAA.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs), in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSAs and Other Factors listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.


1) Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement.

2) Some, none, or all candidates may be interviewed.

3) Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

4) This position will be filled at the FG-09 level, step 01 unless highest previous rate is authorized and approved.

5) Applicants must upload required documents in USAJOBS or email to before the closing date of the announcement (See Required Documents).

6) Possible duty locations include: (Atlantic City, NJ - AJF1210); (Kennesaw, GA - AJF1220); (Battle Creek, MI - AJF1230); (Oklahoma City, OK - AJF1250); (Sacramento, CA - AJF1260); (Anchorage, AK - AJF1260); (Arlington, VA - AJF-1240).

7) Additional information regarding living in Oklahoma can be found at .

8) To check receipt of documents, please contact Jeff Westlake at .

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PASS: Aviation System Stds Non-HQ.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

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