Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$4,407.87 - $6,130.80 Monthly
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Extra Help
Public Works Administration
Job Number
10/17/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on October 10, 2018 to extend the closing date. The Final Closing Date will be October 17, 2018.

Airport Operations Specialists I/II perform a wide variety of duties related to the operation and maintenance of airport facilities/equipment and compliance with general aviation and safety regulations. Specific responsibilities include: providing emergency crash, fire and rescue services; monitoring airport activities, aircraft and fueling operations to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local regulations; providing information to airport users regarding air traffic procedures, noise abatement procedures and weather conditions; making regular inspections of facilities and equipment and performing necessary repairs and maintenance; and receiving and processing request and complaints from airport users and the community.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Experience in airfield self-inspection programs, airport maintenance, aviation operations responsibilities, wildlife management
  • Knowledge of and experience with airport maintenance and operations
  • Knowledge of air traffic control communication and crash, fire, and rescue procedures
  • Strong customer service skills to deal effectively with requests, inquiries and complaints from airport users and the general public
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Experience in using various computer applications and the aptitude to learn new technology is highly essential.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have the skill and ability to:
  • Operate machinery such as commercial mowers, and other grounds maintenance equipment
  • Provide first responder services to include: First Aid, ARFF response
  • Work at heights above 25 above the ground
  • Work and coordinate projects
  • Effectively work as a team and individually
  • Make sound judgments and good decisions under pressure and in emergency situations 
  • Climb a 45-foot ladder
  • Lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to pass the Respirator Exam

The successful candidate will work at both the San Carlos and Half Moon Bay airports and will work weekend, holiday and evening shifts.

NOTE: This is an Extra-help assignment. Extra-help assignments are at-will and the employee is paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra-help workers are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the extra-help assignment.


License: Possession of a valid class C California driver license or equivalent.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. See position description above for more information.

Knowledge of: Accepted emergency practices, procedures and regulations including First Aid, CPR and aircraft fire fighting and rescue techniques; airport safety and operations procedures, including air traffic control and crash, fire, and rescue procedures; ground keeping repair and maintenance; record keeping principles and methods; operations and maintenance of airport vehicles, equipment, facilities and grounds; and Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

Skill/Ability to: Work courteously and effectively with the public and with co-workers; perform a wide variety of mechanical and maintenance tasks; use hand, electric and pneumatic power tools; respond appropriately in emergency situations; perform support tasks including keeping accurate records, making arithmetic calculations, handling cash, and filing; follow oral and written instructions including safety rules, procedures and practices; apply safety rules, procedures, and practices and respond appropriately to emergency situations; work independently with little supervision; write accurate and detailed reports and using a desktop computer and/or tablet; and perform activities such as handling fire hoses, climbing 45 foot ladders, and lifting airport related equipment.


This is an extra-help recruitment. Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to the standard County employment application form.  A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials. 

Application materials will be reviewed after the final filing date and well-qualified candidates will be contacted by the department for an interview. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply Online' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight (unless otherwise stated) on the final filing date.

Application Deadline: October 17, 2018

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs.

The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Christina Chan (092718) Airport Operations Specialist I/II (M002/M003)

Application Instructions

To learn more about the position and/or to apply, please click the link below. If link is not available, please read the information above for detailed instructions on how to apply.

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