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H-145 Fire/Utility Pilot

Hillsboro, OR 97124
United States

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Job Description
About Hillsboro Aviation

Founded in 1980, Hillsboro Aviation offers complete helicopter and airplane services comprised of five divisions: contract & charter, aircraft sales & management, service center, FBO, and parts sales. Serving domestic and international markets in the government, commercial, and private sectors, we have over 85 employees and 10 turbine aircraft. We operate out of our award-winning headquarters at the Portland-Hillsboro Airport (KHIO).

Our Vision

We believe in the power of a personal approach. We passionately purvey the notion of flight, a dream demanding creativity, persistence, resilience, and intent. We strive to foster a legacy of innovative thought, leadership, mentorship, service, and sustainability. We are dedicated to providing opportunity and growth for our team, our customers, and our community by providing extraordinary and memorable experiences in the air and on the ground.

The Position

Hillsboro Aviation’s contract & charter division provides services to the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Department of Interior (DOI), FEMA, large national utility (powerline & infrastructure), and high-tech companies as well as smaller companies and individuals. Our missions include search and rescue, short-haul (human external cargo, natural disaster relief, construction support, aerial firefighting, natural resource surveys, film/photo/news, and heli-skiing. Our fleet is comprised of Airbus H145D3, Bell 205 A-1++, Bell 407, Bell 407HP, and Airbus AS350B3e.

As an H-145 Fire Fighting/Utility Pilot you will work closely with the Contract & Charter team to perform wildland fire fighting operations in an Airbus H-145. You will report to the Chief Pilot and will be responsible for the following, including but not limited to:

  • Cover the assigned aircraft during the summer season (starting mid-May - exact date TBD) initially out of Hillsboro, OR.
  • Operate on a 12 on 2 off or 12 on 12 off schedule.
  • Represent the aircraft and Hillsboro Aviation as needed during some high-profile events.

Ideal candidates are able to work independently within his/her areas of responsibilities under limited supervision, excited to represent Hillsboro Aviation in front of key customers, including foreign governments, community leaders, and business partners, and willing to assist in other projects or duties as assigned. This position will cover an Exclusive Use contract for the 2024 fire season with up to four annual extensions.


  • Competitive salary
  • Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Wellness benefits, including alternative care and lifestyle discounts
  • 401(k) + match
  • Monthly team-building events, including BBQs
  • Exercise, shower facilities, and locker rooms at headquarters

Hillsboro Aviation’s growth and sustainability is rooted in its commitment to attracting a diverse set of talent from around the world. To that end, we encourage qualified individuals from all walks of life to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

This job will remain open until filled. Please do not call regarding the status of your application.

Job Requirements


  • COM or ATP certificate with Rotorcraft Helicopter Rating
  • Current medical (class 2 or class 1)
  • Current driver license 

Required Skills/Experience

  • 4000 hours RW PIC of which 500 hours in similar size helicopters (Type 2)
  • 1000 hours of Vertical Reference of which at least 250 hours in similar size helicopters
  • Previously USFS carded in similar sized helicopters
  • Meeting general carding requirements for 2024 MATOC contract
  • Needs excellent communication, problem solving and leadership skills as well as the ability to provide detailed instructions in aircraft procedures to customers. 

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Current interagency card in similar sized helicopter
  • Previous H145 or twin-engine experience in similar sized helicopters
  • Recent flight and vertical reference experience in similar sized helicopters
  • Additional experience in B205/B407/H145
  • Instrument rating
  • Passport
  • Clean driving record