CHOPPER PILOT, LOTUS VALE OUTSTATION
An exciting opportunity exists for the right candidate to become our first-duty mustering chopper pilot flying one of the company’s R22 helicopters.
Based at Lotus Vale – an outstation on Stirling Station (Lotus Vale is approx. 90km north east of Normanton & Karumba in the Northern Queensland Gulf) – the role would involve heli mustering of cattle on all four of our adjoining stations as well as general flying. As the first-duty chopper pilot, where only a single chopper is required for any task, you would be the first pilot on duty.
The role would entail around 800hrs flying hours per annum (with most flying done during the mustering season from April through to December but some flying required during the wet season for inspecting stock, waters, starting pumps, delivering urgent supplies etc).
Duties & Responsibilities
- Efficient and accurate mustering of cattle by chopper, inspecting cattle & waters and general flying when required (at the direction of Station Managers).
- Ensuring the chopper is regularly kept clean, properly maintained, and services are carried out when due.
- Ensuring your statutory obligations as a pilot (eg. log-books, maintenance releases, medicals, etc) are fulfilled and kept current at all times.
- Ensuring the safety of any staff or contractors working with you on the ground.
- Ensuring any problem, incident, near miss or perceived mechanical/safety issue is reported to Head Office immediately.
- Backing up Station Managers with other tasks as needed.
- Valid PPL-H licence with low-level aerial mustering endorsement.
- Extensive experience working with cattle, understanding of the highest standards of animal welfare and low-stress stock handling techniques (further training will be provided).
- Minimum of 1,000 hours previous chopper mustering experience.
- Demonstrated history of safe flying practices.
- Sling endorsement (or ability to obtain one).
- QLD AB Firearms Licence (or ability to obtain one).
- Demonstrated leadership with strong communication, people management and mentoring skills.
- Must be an effective communicator and able to work as a part of a tight team.
- Must be hardworking, energetic and have a sense of humour!
Preferable but not essential
- Rural background.
- CPL-H (Commercial) chopper license.
- Current basic first aid certificate.
- Understanding of Safety Management Systems.
Because we only want the very best people on our stations, we’re offering a very attractive remuneration package, and a fully renovated 4 bedroom + 1 bathroom, open plan Queenslander style home with separate self-contained accommodation downstairs (ideal for self-contained Governess and classroom set-up).
This is a great opportunity for a young family to have the experience of a lifetime working with a fantastic team of fun, genuine people on one of Australia’s largest cattle stations in some of the more interesting scenery of the Outback with excellent fishing & camping opportunities on days off.
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