Airport Operations Specialist (Future Opportunities)

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The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority is seeking applications for a potential future opportunities for full-time Airport Operations Specialist in our Airfield Operations division. This is an hourly position with night shift differential, and mandatory overtime in the winter. We are seeking hard-working individuals with airport experience (see qualifications below) who want to make a difference by contributing in keeping Syracuse Hancock International Airport safe and secure.  Must be able to do shift work due 24/7 airport operations.

Job Description

The work involves responsibility for performing a variety of tasks associated with the efficient and effective operations of Syracuse Hancock International Airport during an assigned shift. Assignments consists of working the operations desk and being stationed within the airport complex inspecting the grounds for security, safety, lighting deficiencies and surface conditions. Employees in this class must exercise independent judgement based upon the situations encountered and their knowledge of a variety of operations manuals and procedures. Assignments are received from the Airport Operations Officer or a designee in both oral and written form. Work performance is evaluated through supervisory observation, comments/complaints received from the public, carriers and other concerned persons and stakeholders. Supervision is not exercised by this class. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities

Conducts inspection of airport operating area surfaces for compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139.
Conducts inspections within the Airport complex, runways and properties to identify hazardous conditions and/or foreign objects
Cleans all movement area signage and lighting.
Escorts construction vehicles on airport surface; inspects construction sites to insure compliance with Departmental and FAA requirements.
Assist maintenance by operating a snowplow or other vehicle in the removal of snow and ice from the runways and adjoining holding/staging areas as needed.
Operates, under direction, the diversion structures to change between collection and storm drain modes, monitors daily use of deicing pads, assists in the placement of aerators in lagoons, collects samples of collected fluid during treatment for laboratory analysis, assists in the setup and monitors release of treated fluids.
Assist maintenance by doing routine grounds-keeping such as cutting grass, raking, weeding and trimming shrubbery of the designated safety areas on the airfield, to ensure full oversight of safety areas.
Assists in the implementation of wildlife mitigation as permitted/required by local, state and Federal law for the safety and overall operations of the airport.
Receives telephone calls requesting services from airport tenants and other units within the Department; makes initial evaluation and dispatches personnel and/or equipment to remedy the service requested.
Maintains internal records system (either manually or on a PC) directed towards service requests, status of request, completion of requests and related data directed toward the efficient/effective operation of the unit.
Maintains internal control of all files of airport inspections; current status and follow up inspections.
Makes telephone contact requesting overtime work in the maintenance and custodial units, keeping manual/PC logs on calls and responses.
Composes Notice to Airmen (NOTAMS) concerning airport operating conditions.
Assists Airport Operations Officer by performing work as required.
Assist maintaining FIDS (Flight Information Display System) as needed through updating flight status and reporting technical/operations issues.
Publish emergency notifications to all necessary parties.
Working knowledge of a two way communication system.
Some knowledge of the operations and activities associated with the operation of an international airport.
Some knowledge of the workings and operations of a personal computer.
Ability to establish and maintain a harmonious working relationship with Federal Aviation, Administration officials, employees of the organization and department, the carriers and general public.
Ability to analyze situations, make correct judgements and follow through to successful conclusion.
Ability to deal in an effective manner under stressful and in emergency situations.
Ability to communicate in English with a clear and distinct voice.
Ability to read and write in the English language.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position, including shoveling snow in areas in which the operations department is responsible. This position requires standing, walking, and sitting for long periods of time. Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions, including inclement weather.
*Any offer of employment would be contingent on passing a security clearance background check and pre-employment drug test.

**This is a Civil Service provisional competitive position under the title Airport Operations Worker currently pending jurisdictional change to non-competitive. The incumbent may be required to take an open/competitive exam given by Onondaga County Civil Service and be reachable on the certified list to be eligible to obtain permanent civil service status and retain the position.

***COVID-19 Vaccination may be required per Federal regulations to maintain the health and safety of all employees. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.

Minimum Qualifications

One (1) year of work experience, or its part time equivalent, working at a commercial airport or military airbase in one of the following areas:

(a) Airport Field Maintenance; or

(b) Fixed Base Operations which must have included one (1) or more of the following activities: towing aircraft on ramps and taxiways, fueling aircraft, marshaling aircraft to parking positions, de-icing; or

(c) Ground support of aircraft; or

(d) Airport Operations Area (AOA)

NOTE: Thirty (30) semester credit hours of college coursework in an Aviation program from a regionally accredited college or university of one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees can be substituted for the one (1) year of experience described above.

Special Necessary Requirement

When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL, including any special endorsements, as required for the type of vehicle being operated.


The Authority offers a comprehensive salary and benefits package, including medical/dental/vision, paid time off, 457b, employee assistance program, and membership in the New York State Local and Employee Retirement System.

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*The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer*

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