Sheriff's Helicopter Pilot

Sheriff's Office
Santa Rosa, CA
April 20, 2018
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The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Unit is Now Hiring
Starting Salary up to $52.89/hour ($110,387/year)* plus additional cash & benefits!
Precision Vertical “Long-line” Pilot-In-Command Experience Required.

Our new helicopter, Henry 1, is a Bell 407GXP. A highly maneuverable, four bladed, single turbine engine manufactured by Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas. Henry 1 is equipped with upgraded avionics (Garmin G1000), new law enforcement mission equipment, can be flown with a single pilot, and configured for up to five passengers or during emergency medical calls, three crew members and a patient.
At the County of Sonoma, we offer expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment that provides continuous training and education, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits*, including:

  • A cash allowance of approximately $600 per month
  • Stand-by pay of $6.82 per hour
  • Differential pay for evening and night shifts
  • Overtime pay
  • Pilots FAA certified as a trainer receive additional premium pay for hours spent training other pilots
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 11 holidays per year
  • Onsite workout facilities
  • Significant County premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement account to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security

*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Association’s Memorandum Of Understanding (SCLEA MOU).

As part of the Sheriff’s Office selection process, candidates may be required to perform a flight proficiency test.
The Sheriff’s Helicopter Pilot is a position of trust and confidence, performing various airborne law enforcement support functions, including aerial search and rescues, medical evacuations, and fire suppression activities. Our Sheriff’s Helicopter Pilot ensures Henry 1’s airworthiness and general condition are compliant with Sheriff’s Office requirements and industry standards, and that all required maintenance and activity documentation is accurately completed. Henry 1’s mechanical services are provided by contract.

Henry 1 and the crew are based out of the Charles M. Schultz (Sonoma County) Airport in Santa Rosa, and are typically on-duty for 8 hours a day. In order to respond to emergency calls, crew members are required to be on stand-by for the remaining 14 hours of their assigned work day, and are compensated for stand-by and overtime hours. Additionally, pilots who are FAA certified as a trainer receive premium pay for all hours spent training other County Helicopter Pilots.

As a technical, non-peace officer position in the Sheriff’s Office the Pilot reports to, and is responsible for assisting, the Sergeant in charge of the Helicopter Unit. The unit consists of a Sergeant (Supervisor), tactical flight officers (Deputies), one helicopter pilot, and several extra-help paramedics. Additional pilots and paramedics may be hired on an extra-help basis to augment the crew.

For more information about the Sheriff’s Office work family of over 560 employees, and the Helicopter Unit’s efforts to aid in protecting and securing the half-million residents within the 1,768 square miles of Sonoma County, please visit the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office website.

To learn more about our community and explore the beauty of our County’s picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities, please visit and

The Civil Service for this position is Helicopter Pilot.


Serving the community since 1850, the Sheriff’s Office employs over 650 employees to protect and secure the half-million residents within the 1,768 square miles of Sonoma County. Please visit the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office website to learn more about how we serve the community.

When you join the county of Sonoma, you’ll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our country – its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit and for additional information about the community.



Sonoma County Sheriff’s Main office

2796 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rose, CA 95403



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