Duties Summary

This is a permanent, seasonal Aircraft Dispatcher position with 18 pay periods of full-time work and 8 pay periods of nonpay status each calendar year.The position provides a wide range of logistical and administrative support functions and serves in a dispatch center in Juneau, Alaska.

For additional information about this position, please contact Patti Huddlestun at 907-228-6345 or patti.huddlestun@usda.gov.
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Responsibilities

  • Duties are listed at the full performance level GS-08. Manage reporting systems, including completing daily diaries and maintaining daily dispatch log.
  • Trains new field-going personnel in weather observation techniques, fixed wing and helicopter safety procedures, transportation of hazardous material by air and aircraft scheduling procedures.
  • Utilize knowledge of the organizational structure, departmental functions and needs of field going personnel, to plan aircraft use and manage dispatching operations for maximum efficiency and safety.
  • Communicate orally and with clarity to accurately describe and inform individuals on current flight status, weather conditions, etc., and dispatch search and rescue units.
  • Coordinate all fixed wing, helicopter, and boat following requests and transportation scheduling with vendors and/or contractors.
  • Monitor and utilize a radio system as necessary for the normal conduct of flight operations and emergency rescue operations.
  • Gather weather information from field stations and vendors and consolidate with local forecasts.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute flight operations to ensure the most cost effective, safe, and expeditious utilization of aircraft.
  • Direct the operational control of all aircrafts within jurisdiction.
  • Initiate and develop training programs with regional implications in order to provide emergency services on incidents

Travel Required
Occasional travel – Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required for training, conferences, filling in at other dispatch centers, and assisting with dispatch fire work.

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