We are accepting applications to fill two (2) vacancies in the
Air Support Unit in Santa Ynez Valley. We are accepting
applications to establish an employment list to fill current and
future vacancies within the County of Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara County's Fire Department and the Sheriff's
Office each have one (1) vacancy. Please make sure you select on
your application which locations you are willing to accept
THIS RECRUITMENT WILL BE CLOSING ON June 16, 2021 AT 5:00
POSITION: Under direction, maintains and repairs aircraft to
ensure airworthiness and safe flight operation, and performs other
related duties as required.
IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES:
- A reputation for honesty and trustworthiness
- Integrity/good moral character
- Initiative, drive & energy
- A strong team approach
- Good judgment under pressure
- Effective communication skills
- An admission of having committed any act amounting to a felony
within five years in California, or in another state which would be
classified as a felony in California
- An adult felony conviction in California, or with a conviction
for an offense in another state which would be classified as a
felony in California
- Currently on Probation or Parole
- Adult felony and/or misdemeanor conviction(s) may be
disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and how
- Conviction of/or sustained petitions for any sex crime
- Recent use and/or possession of illegal drugs; Failure to
reveal prior use will be disqualifying
- Unfavorable work history
- Poor credit history
- History of committing domestic violence
- Dishonesty or failure to reveal pertinent information
- Any use or possession of marijuana within one year prior to
application for employment
Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) and California POST
Since POST standards adhere to both state and federal laws, the
possession and/or sale of marijuana remains prohibited by federal
law under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Therefore any
candidate who uses / possesses and/or the sale of marijuana within
the last year will result in disqualification. Examples of
- Performs preventive maintenance, modifications, inspections,
and repairs in both shop and field environments to helicopters
using specialized equipment, in accordance with appropriate federal
aviation regulations, manufacturer's recommendations, technical
manuals, and industry standards; may be required to perform
preventive maintenance, modifications, inspections, and repairs to
fixed-wing aircraft; and maintains standard inventory of spare
parts necessary to conduct uninterrupted maintenance,
modifications, and repairs.
- Maintains a comprehensive record system of all maintenance work
performed on each aircraft to comply with the component mandates of
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the
- Makes recommendations to the unit supervisor regarding the need
for tools, equipment, and consumable items that may increase the
efficiency of the aviation unit.
- Assists in cleaning the aircraft and maintaining the aviation
unit hangar and work area to ensure their clean and safe
- Attends training to maintain licensing requirements.
- May drive departmental vehicles to pick up and/or deliver parts
or components; and may be required to participate in test
- Incumbents in this classification may be assigned to drive fuel
trucks, dispense fuel, and maintain records of fuel usage.
Possession of a valid Federal Aviation Administration Mechanic
Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant Ratings issued in
accordance with 14 C.F.R. 65 subpart D, AND:
- Two (2) years of post-certificate/ratings experience repairing,
maintaining, and approving the return of Bell turbine-powered
helicopters to service; or
- A combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that
provides the required knowledge, abilities, certificate, and
Note: Three years of pre-certificate/ratings military experience
repairing, maintaining, and approving the return of Bell
turbine-powered helicopters to service can be substituted for the
required two years of post-certificate/ratings experience.
- Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is
required at the time of appointment.
- Incumbents may have to obtain a California Class B Driver's
License. If California Class B Driver's License is required,
incumbent will also need to obtain hazardous materials and tank
vehicle endorsements within one year of appointment.
Supplemental Information: Appointees to those positions
requiring a Class B License will be subject to mandatory testing
for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will
be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a
random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and
Knowledge of: Bell helicopters maintenance, repair, and
inspection techniques; tools and equipment used for the maintenance
and repair of Bell helicopters; record maintenance practices; and
tools and shop safety practices.
Ability to: diagnose mechanical malfunctions and identify
maintenance and repair needs; learn fixed-wing aircraft
maintenance, repair, and inspection techniques; work effectively
with other staff members, pilots, and Sheriff management staff;
work under the direction of the hangar supervisor and/or a director
of maintenance; keep detailed records; make independent decisions
related to airworthiness; work without close supervision; and
organize and prioritize work.
Additional Requirements: Incumbents must be available to work
nights, weekends and holidays as needed. and to travel to locations
outside Santa Barbara County for periods of up to 14 days in
support of incident activities.
- Maintenance and repair experience on helicopter models and
series currently operated by Santa Barbara County including Bell
UH-1H, Bell 212, and Bell 206 B3 series.
- One year of maintenance and repair experience on Cessna
fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter models and series currently
operated by Santa Barbara County.
- Attendance at Bell and/or Cessna maintenance schools.
- Federal Aviation Administration Inspection Authorization
- Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine
those candidates who meet the employment standards.
- Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ): Candidates will be
emailed a notice to complete a Personal History Questionnaire
(PHQ). Failure to submit a PHQ by the deadline will result in
disqualification from the selection process. Candidates, who
successfully pass the PHQ, will be invited to the next step in the
- Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Responses to the required
supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored.
Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be
determined by their responses to the supplemental
Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the
supplemental questionnaire examination to be placed on an
employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on
factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are
successful in the selection process will have their names placed on
the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the
employment list is established, all candidates will receive written
notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list,
and exact duration of the employment list.
Appointee must successfully complete the following:
- POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION will measure the accuracy of information
disclosed on PHQ and background investigation process.
- BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION includes an interview and in-depth
background investigation of police records, personal and virtual
character check, military, and employment histories; inquiry of
persons who know you and evaluate whether you respect the law and
rights of others; are dependable and responsible; have demonstrated
mature judgment in areas such as the use of drugs and intoxicants;
are honest; and is a safe driver.
BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits,
please visit our website:
In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may
- Retirement reciprocity
- Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual
Statement of Commitment
The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and
sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion
everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County
believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in
policies, institutional practices and systems. The County
recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed
to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx,
Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other
diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where
society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and
health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive,
enabling all people to participate and reach their full
We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for
inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We
aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and
the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity
employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law
and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.
We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the
County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One
Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the
County to deliver our best to all our community members.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is
committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants.
Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable
accommodation during the application or selection process should
contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require
verification of needed accommodation from a professional source,
such as a Medical Provider or a learning institution.
Recruiters will correspond with applicants by e-mail during each
step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check
spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection
Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required
APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: June 16,
2021 AT 5:00 PM PST. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained
24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com.
If you have any recruitment questions, please email Karen Boyd