Aircraft Rescue Firefighter/Airport Operations Agent – Part-time

Salary: Hiring Range: $24.06-$31.29. The maximum pay for this position is $38.51.
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Vail Valley, CO
Publish Date: Posted May 22, 2023

Performs Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF), airport operations, and maintenance duties. Responds as part of a team to airport emergencies to provide fire and rescue services. Performs snow removal, inspections, and maintenance, and operates equipment necessary to maintain airport property and facilities.
Part-time ARFF staff bid for weekly shifts that will include some holidays and weekends. Ensures safe airfield conditions and performs a variety of administrative, professional and technical tasks in support of the airport.

Schedule: Flexible work schedule providing for 10 – 17 hours per week based on availability.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by Thursday, Dec. 1st, however, this position will remain posted until filled.

Essential Functions

  • Responds to all airport emergencies, incidents, and accidents under the National Incident Management System (NIMS); May serve as Incident Commander until relieved. (7%)
  • Assists in the implementation of the Airport Emergency Plan (AEP), Airport Certification Manual (ACM) and the Airport Security Plan (ASP). (5%)
  • Conducts a variety of inspections as required per applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), Transportation Security Regulations (TSRs), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. (10%)
  • Inspects airport operating areas to ensure compliance with safety standards and regulations; communicate and initiate appropriate actions if unsafe conditions exist. (15%)
  • Mandatory availability and participation in snow removal operations and manage the snow desk functions when assigned. (10%)
  • Performs routine and preventative maintenance on equipment. (5%)
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of federally regulated records and reports. (10%)
  • Writes and submits proposals for new equipment or modification of existing equipment to superiors. (3%)
  • Assists the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and / or the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) with aircraft accident investigations, as required. Works closely with Operations Manager to ensure successful planning for and completion of the triennial, full-scale, and tabletop emergency exercises. (5%)
  • Develops and maintains beneficial relationships with airport staff, tenants, concessionaires, and airport users. (5%)
  • Trains internal/external personnel in a variety of subjects. (10%)
  • Observes safety and security procedures, uses equipment and materials safely and reports potentially unsafe conditions. (5%)
  • Serves the community by demonstrating Eagle County Government mission and core values and following relevant policies and procedures. (3%)
  • Other duties as assigned (7%)


Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification, or Registration:

Preferred Education:

  • Graduate from high school or equivalent.

Minimum Work Experience:

  • One year of experience in firefighting

Preferred Work Experience:

  • Airport experience preferred.
  • Airport ARFF experience preferred

Licensure, Certification, or Registration:

  • Must successfully pass a 10 year background criminal history records check in accordance with TSR, Part 1542 and maintain eligibility for FAA and TSA-mandated security clearance requirements.
  • Possess valid State of Colorado Driver’s License, or ability to obtain within 60 days, with a satisfactory motor vehicle record without restrictions
  • Possess EMT-Basic (either valid CO license or valid NREMT certificate with ability to get CO license within 90 days of employment)
  • Possess at minimum, State of Colorado, IFSAC – Firefighter I or be able to obtain, Colorado Division of Fire
  • Prevention and Control, non-accredited reciprocity for IFSAC Firefighter I that has been issued from within the time frame of the current NFPA standard (NFPA 1001, 2013 Standard) for the Firefighter I level. Reciprocity must be obtained within 60 days of employment. CDFPC Reciprocity
  • Possess at minimum, State of Colorado, IFSAC – Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations or be able to obtain Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, non-accredited reciprocity for Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations that has been issued from within the time frame of the current NFPA standard (NFPA 1072, 2017 Standard) for the Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations level . Reciprocity must be obtained within 60 days of employment. CDFPC Reciprocity
  • Completion of FAA ARFF training within 30 days of employment
  • Completion of FAA, Part 139 Certification Live Fire burn within 45 days of employment
  • Completion of NIMS ICS – 100 within six months of employment
  • Completion of NIMS ICS – 200 within six months of employment
  • Completion of NIMS ICS – 700 within six months of employment
  • Completion of NIMS ICS – 800 within six months of employment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to identify and implement effective courses of action to complete assigned work.
  • Knowledge of safety hazards and necessary safety precautions, practices and work methods sufficient to be able to establish a safe work environment for self and others.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines.
  • Ability to ensure adherence with established FAA and TSA rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Firefighting techniques and principles
  • Heavy vehicle operation
  • Knowledge of FAA (CFR Part 139) and TSA (TSR 1542) rules and regulations; understanding of airport operations (airside, landside, terminal) preferred.
  • Interpersonal skills are necessary.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Act reasonably and quickly in an emergency situation.
  • Read, comprehend, and interpret rules and regulations. Concentrate and pay close attention to detail.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, tenants, and other governmental agencies and departments, the community, airport users, and the traveling public.
  • Write reports following a standard format with basic proficiency in the use of computer software and applications (i.e.,Google Docs and Sheets).
  • Lift and carry moderately heavy materials, supplies, and equipment (25-50 lbs.) frequently, 50-100 lbs. occasionally; requires continued walking, stooping, standing, and some climbing.
  • Part-time ARFF staff shifts shall first be prioritized and allocated to the filling of any full-time ARFF vacancies or to cover the airport ARFF Index as necessary. The work week begins on Sunday and runs through the following Saturday. The part-time ARFF staff preferred schedule will be one, 10 – 17 hour shift each week in a four-week period, or four shifts per month. The minimum required shift will be one, 10 – 17 hour shift each week for a minimum of three weeks in a four-week period or three shifts per month.
  • Part-time ARFF staff may work a maximum of 28 hours each week if full-time staff shift vacancies are present for the week requested.

Culture & Benefits

Working in local government is one of the best career paths in the mountains. ‘Your Career will Soar with Eagle County’. Get started with us today!

  • Why is Eagle County recognized as a Best Place to Work in 2022? Culture of flexibility and support for mental health / wellness. Check out more awards here.
  • Purpose! A modern, values-driven workplace with more than 550 employees embracing a welcoming culture, supportive leaders and an organization focused on our mission: Creating a Better Eagle County for All. 
  • Learning organization focused on professional development opportunities,
  • FREE CMC classes and Tuition reimbursement. 
  • Future focused with our Strategic Plan on improving housing, climate change and more.
  • As a certified healthy workplace, our culture recognizes the importance of individual needs and enjoying life outside of work. Other perks may include flexible work arrangements, paid volunteer time, and daytime fitness classes/bike rides.

Great benefits! See the details

  • Comprehensive and low-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance (as low as $75/month for employee only)
  • Wellness program where you can earn cash or extra days off
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Paid time off (starting at 12 days) and additional medical leave 
  • Paid volunteer hours
  • 6% (dollar for dollar match) retirement plan
  • Free classes at Colorado Mountain College
  • Eagle County University classes (internal trainings) 
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Bilingual Pay Incentive
  • Free bus pass and more

Eagle County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Working in a diverse, respectful and inclusive environment is essential for our employees to be successful in serving our community. We do not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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