Air Traffic Control Specialist

Expiring today

Ketchikan, AK, United States
Aug 23, 2023
Sep 22, 2023
Full Time

The duty station for this position is located in Ketchikan, Alaska.

This is not a telework position.


Applies prescribed procedures and phraseology, using all pertinent manuals and directives, to accomplish the following:

Full range of Preflight Pilot Briefing services, providing all necessary summarized and interpolated weather and aeronautical data required by pilots.

Full range of inflight services provided to aircraft, including maintaining radio guard, briefing, emergency services, search and rescue (SAR), pilot weather report (PIREP) processing, position reports, Special Visual Flight Rules (SVFR) operations, clearance relay, local airport advisory (where required) and inter-facility communications. Broadcast services over phone, radio or Navigational Aids.

Flight Data and Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) services, including relaying of flight plans, SAR and movement messages, weather observations, PIREPs, NOTAM processing and other required transmissions.

Monitors inbound flights and initiates SAR procedures for overdue aircraft.

Weather Observer (where required) - performs observer duties or augments automated weather systems.

Provides training to facility employees, as required.

When assigned, acts as Controller-in-Charge and provides watch supervision for the continuous operation of a facility where a supervisor is not available.


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.
  • First page of FAA 3330-43 (unrated) must be submitted.
  • Must currently hold or have held an AFSS/FSS facility rating.
  • Position is designated as Moderate Risk; a background investigation may be required
  • This position is subject to mandatory separation at age 56.
  • This position is covered by Public Law 92-297 for ATC early retirement


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess specialized experience equivalent to an FV-G/AT-AG (Development Level 3)/FG/GS-10/11. Specialized experience is experience in an air traffic facility that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the level of work of the advertised position. This experience must have provided a comprehensive knowledge of appropriate air traffic control laws, rules and regulations.

Applicants must be FSS facility rated or previously have held a facility rating in a Flight Service Station (FSS). Applicants must indicate on their application package that they have held or currently have this rating. Applicants may be deemed ineligible if this is not clearly stated in your application package.

The FAA 3330-43 (unrated) is a required form which will be used when making qualifications determination. Please do not include your social security number on this form.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.
  • Do you currently hold or have you ever held an Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) or Flight Service Station (FSS) facility rating issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) while employed with the FAA at a federal AFSS/FSS facility OR possess a Flight Service Station facility rating issued by an FAA-authorized issuer?

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

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 position.

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Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

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.

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 KSA, 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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

You will not be promoted to the CPC level until you have certified at the CPC level in the Ketchikan Flight Service Station.

Some, none or all applicants may be interviewed.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by NATCA: Air Traffic - Flight Service.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA


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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.


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Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

In addition to a resume, applicants must complete and submit the first page of an unrated FAA Form 3330-43, Rating of Air Traffic Experience. The form must include from and to dates of experience, position title, series, and grade/pay band level of all positions held. Please do not include your social security number on this form. You must either upload a copy as an attachment with your bid package through USAJOBS or you may fax the form to (907) 271-5367 with a cover sheet with your name and announcement number.

If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system

  • FAA-3330-43 : Rating of Air Traffic Experience

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Amendment Date: 09/14/2023

Amendment Note: This announcement has been extended.
This announcement has been extended.

Agency contact information

Wendy Livingston


1 (907) 271-5376


1 (907) 271-5367



Federal Aviation Administration
AAL Regional HR Services Division
222 West 7th Ave #14
Anchorage, AK 99513

Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

For instructions on how to check the status of your application, please go to: USAJOBS Help Guide.

Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.