Airport Operations Specialist

Public Works: Airport


$17.07 to $19.07 Per Hour


Full City Benefits Package

The City of St. George covers 100% of the premiums for the High Deductible health plan for full-time employees and their qualified dependents. New hires also receive 2 weeks of vacation time during their first year of employment, one of which is available to the employee the first day of employment. To find out more about our benefits package, please click the link below:

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Job Description

Salary Ranges

Airport Operations I - $17.07/hour

Airport Operations II - $18.07/hour

Airport Operations III - $18.57/hour

Airport Operations Specialist - $19.07/hour


Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Airport Manager, performs for the City of St. George a variety of technical, general operations, maintenance, and surveillance duties associated with the safe, efficient, and continuous operation and maintenance of the airport.   This position involves exercising independent judgment.


Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics.  The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

1.           Performs continuous daily inspections of all airport property to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration Regulation Part 139 as well as other applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations.  Issues Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) as appropriate.

2.           Ensures the proper operation and maintenance of all public buildings and grounds at the airport, including airfield lighting systems, pavement areas, airport terminal building, and other City owned facilities. 

3.           Monitors airport operations and exercises enforcement authority to ensure that there are no unauthorized activities at the airport which violate applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations.  Assists in overseeing security in all areas of the airport.

4.           Coordinates emergency response to airport emergencies in accordance with the airport emergency plan and other prescribed procedures, initiates actions to ensure proper notifications of appropriate agencies, and takes steps to minimize emergency impacts on other airport operations.

5.           Performs aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) duties as required by Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139.319.

6.           Maintains records and daily logs of airport inspections and corrective actions.  Plans and schedules preventative maintenance programs and coordinates with the Airport Manager, airport users, and tenants.  Assists the Airport Manager with the preparation and maintenance of airport compliance documents.

7.           Operates equipment such as two-way radios, trucks, graders, backhoes, front end loaders, mowers, sweepers, trimmers, etc. to maintain grounds and keep airport property clear of debris, rocks, and other unsafe items.  May supervise a work crew assigned to airport improvement or maintenance projects. Determines and performs minor repairs on a wide variety of equipment, plumbing, and physical structures such as heating and air conditioning systems, compressors, pumps, electrical systems, sprinkling systems, etc.  Obtains assistance from outside sources when necessary.

8.           Applies fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides to airport property as needed.

9.           Requisitions equipment, supplies, and materials, and assists with the preparation of equipment specifications.  Provides input into airport operational and maintenance budget for the Airport Manager by estimating annual maintenance expenditures.  Performs calculations to determine material quantities and costs.

10.       Works with other City departments, airport tenants, and outside vendors to address service needs involving water, power, sewer, road, and grounds keeping projects.

11.       Maintains working knowledge of FAA regulations affecting airport operations.

12.   Performs other related duties as required.


Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

Moderately heavy physical activity.  Required to stand, walk, or sit uncomfortably for extended periods.  Requires various rotating work hours, including evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.  Exposure to some disagreeable elements such as heat, cold, dampness, noise, and dust. Required to push, pull, or lift medium to heavy weights.  Intermittent exposure to stress as a result of human behavior and emergency situations.

Minimum Qualifications


Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience:   Minimum of four (4) years paid work experience in maintenance of buildings, grounds, and mechanical equipment. Electrical Experience preferable. Minimum of one (1) year full time operations or maintenance experience at a public use airport preferable.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

•         Current certification or ability to become certified in airport rescue and firefighting as required by Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139.319 within 60 days. (Airport Ops II) 

•         Must possess a valid driver license.  A valid Utah Commercial Driver License must be obtained within 180 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment. (Airport Ops III)

•         Obtain within 365 days and maintain throughout employment a valid Utah State Non-Commercial Pesticide Applicators license. (Airport Ops Specialist)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

•         Hand and power tools, methods, and materials used in general repair and maintenance work.

•         Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139 and other applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the operation and maintenance of a commercial service airport.

Ability to:

•         Read and interpret blueprints, circuit diagrams, and various types of operational and safety manuals.

•         Satisfactorily pass a ten-year criminal history background check as required by the Transportation Security Administration.

•         Pass a City of St. George approved physical which shows the employee to be in good physical health and able to safely perform the required aircraft rescue and firefighting duties.

•         Understand and communicate clearly in English, and communicate via radio transmissions.

•         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, vendors, airport users and tenants, and the general public.

•         Check, lubricate, and maintain various types of electrical and mechanical equipment.

•         Troubleshoot system malfunctions and recognize problems and take quick corrective action in addressing potential hazards or existing discrepancies.

To Apply

Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position is open until filled. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. The City of St. George is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.