Airport Operations Officer

Website County of Ventura Department of Airports

SALARY RANGE (approximate) $46,621.77 – $59,624.26 Annually


Airport Operations Officers may be assigned to both Camarillo and Oxnard airports in rotating shifts depending on business needs. Under supervision, they patrol the airports; monitor operations; provide security, safety, and emergency assistance when needed; greet, assist, and provide information to the public in the performance of routine duties and special assignments; assure compliance with airport rules, regulations, and ordinances; and perform related work as required.

The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in airport operations leading to a solid understanding of Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration regulations including knowledge of FAR Part 107 (small unmanned aircraft systems). A degree in airport/aviation administration/management and intermediate level skills in MS Word, Excel, and database tools are desirable.

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree that is not required for the classification.  Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: Department of Airports

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed Term), Intermittent, and extra Help vacancies. There are currently two (2) Regular vacancies within the Department of Airports.

The Airport Operations Officer is represented by the Ventura County Professional Peace Officers Association – Patrol Unit (VCPPOA – PTRL) and is eligible for overtime compensation.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Oversee and ensure continuity of airport operations at Camarillo and Oxnard Airports including safe operation of aircraft, public safety, security, communications, and public services;
· Monitor airport operations and provide guidance and direction to ensure compliance with safety and security requirements set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA);
· Conduct airfield and facility inspections including Spill Prevention Control and Counter-measure (SPCC) and the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP); verify compliance with FAA’s Part 139 Standards and on airport markings, lighting, aircraft navigation systems, and weather station systems;
· Respond to questions and inquiries from the public, law enforcement, and oversight agencies in a clear, calm, and thorough manner; promote good public relations for the Airports and the County of Ventura;
· Enforce federal, state, local laws, and FAA and TSA regulations related to the operation of airports including County of Ventura and Airport ordinances; issue citations and notices to appear;
· Complete accurate and thorough reports on work performed each shift (DAR) and submit to airport managers via use of MS Word, Excel and other database tools;
· Interface with airport tenants and the public; liaison with federal, state and local agencies; monitor construction activities and special events;
· Respond with ARFF apparatus to airport emergencies and situations that may involve loss of human life and property;
· Administer transient and landing fees programs;
· Dissipate wildlife activity at both airports;
· Coordinate with the air traffic control tower in order to escort personnel and equipment onto the airport movement areas and within the airport’s restricted areas;
· Respond to incidents, accidents, inquiries, problems, complaints or unusual situations involving airlines, passengers, law enforcement, and tenants; coordinate public safety response to emergencies including Police, Fire and Emergency medical Services during emergency situations;
· Issue Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs);
· Perform administrative and other duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

Any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

An example of a qualifying education/experience is a minimum of six (6) months’ experience working at a general aviation, military, or commercial service airport.

The following may be substituted for the requisite experience:
A) One (1) year experience working at an airport aviation business that provides services such as aircraft maintenance, fueling of aircraft, aircraft charter, or flight training;
B) Completion of an airport internship;
C) One (1) year of college-level course work (30 units) in airport/aviation administration (or equivalent).

· Possession of, or the ability to obtain and maintain, a current valid California driver license
· Knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)
· Must pass the Airfield Driver Training requirements within seven (7) days of hire.

If you plan on using Option C above to qualify, the following language applies to you: Verification of coursework used to qualify for this recruitment is required. Transcripts or grade reports from an accredited college or university which reflect passing grades in the required subject areas must be submitted to County Human Resources prior to the closing date of this recruitment. If they are not, your application will be screened out and you will not be allowed to continue in the process. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If transcripts are from an international university proof of accreditation in the United States must be submitted, also. Any questions about this requirement may be directed to

You must submit this documentation with your application, a hard copy with a paper application or a scanned copy as an attachment for an online application. If you submit a hard copy with a paper application, be sure it is a copy; keep your original for future use, as whatever you submit will not be returned to you. To attach a scanned copy to an on-line application, use the Add Attachments(s) link in the Attachments section at the bottom of the page where you can edit the various sections of your application.

NOTE: If the name on this documentation is different from the name on your application, include documents that show the name change.

Within the first six (6) months of employment, the following must be completed/obtained:
· FAA-approved private pilot ground school course;
· Basic First Aid Certificate;
· Certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) issued by the American Red Cross.

Employees may be required to undergo an employment background investigation to comply with Transportation Security Administration Regulations, Part 1542.

Part 139 ARFF training may also be required based on airport operational needs.

Supplemental Information
· May be required to work rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays at either and/or both the Camarillo Airport and the Oxnard Airport.
· May be required to wear a uniform during working hours, with an annual uniform allowance of $800.

· A degree in airport/aviation administration/management.
· Intermediate skills in MS Word, Excel, and database tools.
· Knowledge of FAR Part 107 (small unmanned aircraft systems).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Working knowledge of:
· County ordinances and state and federal codes governing airport operations;
· Security regulations;
· Safety, first aid, and life saving techniques;
· Basic firefighting techniques and law enforcement;
· Specialized equipment and its use.

Working ability to:
· Read and follow written and/or oral instructions;
· Effectively communicate orally and in writing;
· Make decisions quickly and independently in emergency situations and perform with maximum physical exertion in an emergency;
· Working ability to collect and account for facility use fees;
· Establish and maintain effective relationships with fellow employees and the public;
· Perform radio communication using aviation phraseology.

Skilled in:
· MS Word, Excel, and database tools with an Intermediate proficiency level.

FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at  If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

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