Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Pilot

Job ID

Salary Minimum

USD $57,373.68/Yr.

Salary Maximum

USD $81,419.52/Yr.


Perform helicopter or fixed wing pilot/copilot/tactical flight officer duties as a law enforcement officer in support of operational mission requirements.


Non-standard hours including nights, holidays and weekends


Twelve-month initial probationary period

Location (Subject to Change)

State Fairgrounds area

Major Duties (Not Limited to the Following)

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.


  • Perform helicopter or fixed wing pilot/copilot/tactical flight officer duties as a law enforcement officer in support of operational mission requirements that include reconnaissance, surveillance, traffic control, search and rescue, and passenger transport.
  • Develop flight plans in accordance with flight manual; operational requirements; and federal, state, and county procedures and regulations.
  • Perform preflight and post flight inspections to determine the aircraft's airworthiness including the visual inspection of flight controls, engine, propellers, night vision, and rotor systems.
  • Secure aircraft after mission completion; record flight time, damages, and malfunctions in flight logs and maintenance records; prepare reports; and coordinate required maintenance with ground support personnel.
  • Maintain aircrew proficiency and certification in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations.
  • Perform law enforcement deputy duties.
  • Administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid as required.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of FAA, state, and county laws, rules, and ordinances and operating procedures governing flight operations and aircraft maintenance including air traffic control rules and procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of aircraft operational control including instrumentation, weather, emergency procedures, radio communications, and navigation.
  • Working knowledge of the functions, services, procedures, and regulations of assigned unit or department.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and county laws and ordinances pertinent to law enforcement.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement guidelines and criminal investigation methods and techniques.
  • Skill in the operation of helicopters and single engine fixed wing aircraft in congested and remote areas and at low altitude ground levels.
  • Skill in the use of aircraft computer operated systems to include gyro stabilized infra-red camera systems, microwave downlink, moving map, and airborne recording systems.
  • Skill in the use of Aviation Night Vision Systems.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms and other law enforcement related equipment.
  • Ability to use aircraft crash survival equipment and techniques.
  • Ability to administer CPR and First Aid.
  • Ability to read maps, flight manuals, and navigational charts.
  • Ability to identify and implement in-flight and ground emergency procedures.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain flight logs, records, and reports.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to act quickly and correctly in emergencies.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to enforce the law courteously, tactfully, firmly, and impartially.
  • Ability to climb, bend, balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch at ground level.
  • Ability to work non-standard duty hours and rotating shifts that include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds short distances over rough and/or uneven terrain.
  • Ability to swim and tread water wearing a flight suit, boots, and 20 pounds of equipment.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to work in a subtropical climate under adverse weather conditions and high noise levels.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.

Minimum Qualifications

Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.


Possession of a FAA Commercial Rotorcraft Pilot's License and Class II Flight Medical Certificate; and

Possession of a State of Florida Law Enforcement Officer Certification or ability to take Equivalency of Training (EOT) Course and certification exam; and

Five years of experience as a state, county or city law enforcement officer.


Preferred Qualification(s)

Minimum of 1000 hours of turbine helicopter time and 200 hours of night vision goggle time.

Additional Requirements

  • Possession of a valid Florida driver's license at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months.
  • No illegal drug use after 30 years of age.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • Prior military personnel must not have a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation or update including polygraph, reference/employment/neighborhood checks, and medical evaluation.


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