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Date:  May 19, 2024
Req ID:  32874

Malvern, AR, US, 72104

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $50,222

Position Number: 22088656 
County: Hot Spring 
Posting End Date: Open Until Filled 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $50,222

Forestry Division 


Hiring Authority:

#1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: 870/723-8110



As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Shared Services Division.

Position Information

Class Code: S005C

Grade: GS09


Salary Range: $50,222.00 - $72,822.00


The Aviation Manager is responsible for managing an agency aviation program. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.


Develops aviation maintenance budget by reviewing operational cost and monitoring and controlling aircraft maintenance expenditures, develops purchase specifications, evaluates potential aircraft for purchase, and recommends purchase to agency management. Develops bid specifications for the purchase of aircraft replacement parts, enhancements, and/or aircraft service, and sends invitations to bid to prospective vendors. Prepares reports, including monthly maintenance summary sheets, documentation on prospective aircraft, inspection releases, and justifications of need for additional aircraft. Monitors aircraft repair work of vendors, including verifying the acceptability of work and authorizing payment for completed work. Tests potential pilots in an initial check ride to insure an acceptable level of proficiency for hiring and conducts annual instrument and visual flight tests for incumbent pilots, to insure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Instructs pilots on accepted fire detection and forest survey methods and techniques. Pilots multi-engine airplane to transport agency staff on intra-state and inter-state flights. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of federal aviation administration laws and regulations. Knowledge of purchasing principles and procedures. Knowledge of navigational techniques. Knowledge of aircraft maintenance regulations. Ability to estimate cost, time, manpower, equipment, and parts for aircraft maintenance and repair work. Ability to pilot a multi-engine aircraft. Ability to test pilots and check ride. Ability to plan and train pilots on fire detection and forest survey methods and techniques. Ability to develop bid specifications for aircraft replacement parts, enhancements, and services. Ability to inspect, verify, and monitor aircraft maintenance and repair work. Ability to compile and prepare written documents

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus six years of experience in aircraft operations, aircraft maintenance or a related field, including two years in a supervisory capacity.


Must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in accordance with ACA 27-116-201. Must have a minimum of 1500 flight hours with 250 flight hours in multi-engine aircraft.

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock