Selection Requirements:

Four thousand (4,000) logged hours of flying time in helicopters as Pilot in command, excluding flight time logged while instructing to include experience in power-off-auto rotational landings. Fifteen hundred (1,500) logged hours of this time must have been flown to/from unimproved landing areas at altitudes over 4,000 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL) while conducting map survey work, power line patrol, construction work, fire control work, rescue operations work, emergency medical services work or similar assignments requiring take-offs and landings at aircraft maximum loads on unimproved landing areas under adverse weather conditions

Required Certificate(s)*:

A valid Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with a Rotorcraft-Helicopter Rating issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)* -OR- A valid Commercial Pilot certificate with a Rotorcraft-Helicopter Rating issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)*.

A current and valid First Class (1) -OR- Second Class (2) Aviation Medical certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)*.

A valid Commercial Pilot Certificate with Helicopter Instrument Rating issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the time of appointment.


A valid California C Driver License** is required to perform job-related essential functions.

*Certificate Information:
Applicants for this position are required to include a copy of all required certificate(s) and license(s) at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting their online application. If you are unable to attach your documents, you may e-mail them to or fax them to (323) 264-7159. Failure to provide any required documentation will result in application rejection. Please include your Name, Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the submitted documents.

**License Information:
Applicants for this position must provide a valid California driver license at the time of appointment. Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant’s driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.

If the applicant does not have a driving record from the State of California, the applicant may be required to provide his/her driving record from any other state/jurisdiction.

How to Apply

STEP 1:  Sign up and “subscribe” to exam notifications through the County of Los Angeles’ website by using the key word “pilot” in the search bar on the Class Specifications webpage.

STEP 2:  Complete and submit your application during the open filing period.  Make sure to provide the required certificates, licenses, and the supporting documentation for training and experience claimed in the Supplemental Questionnaire.

STEP 3:  If you are a candidate, the exam process consists of three parts:  1) review of Supplemental Questionnaire (pass/fail); 2) oral interview; 3) day and night flying assessment as Pilot in command.

STEP 4:  A background and medical evaluation will be completed.

STEP 5:  If offered a position, candidates begin mission training during their six-month probationary period.

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