Chief sUAS Pilot / Geospatial Specialist

David Evans & Associates Inc
Ontario, CA 14519
United States


Job Description
Do you have an interest in mapping technology and inspection? Would you like to use these skills on fun and interesting projects, but your current position is stagnant and doesn't allow you to learn or advance? Would you benefit from senior staff mentorship, a flexible schedule, and having a sense of meaning and purpose for your work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining our team. David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) is looking for a Chief sUAS Pilot / Geospatial Specialist to be based near one of our office locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, California, Utah, or Nevada.

Position Duties:
  • Promote sUAS mapping and inspection capabilities throughout the company
  • Provide sUAS presentations, demonstrations, marketing support, estimates, and proposals
  • Promote sUAS training and updates based on our current 3-Tier sUAS Certification program
  • Conduct Remote Pilot reviews, check flights, and ongoing qualifications tracking
  • Oversee system updates and maintenance of our sUAS fleet, controllers, and sensors
  • Coordinate ground and flight operations including mission planning, briefing, execution, debriefing, and data acquisition
  • Conduct data processing for imagery and point cloud workflows
  • Conduct data adjustment, feature extraction, surface modeling, and prepare CAD/GIS compatible products
  • Coordinate with Surveyors, Engineers, Scientists, and Construction Inspectors for desired sUAS deliverables
  • Ensure compliance with company policy, industry best practices, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations
  • Develop and verify operational and safety procedures for new sUAS aircraft, platforms, features, or sensors
  • Knowledge of various unmanned aerial system hardware and software
  • Basic experience with GPS surveying techniques for aerial ground control and topographic quality verification

Basic Qualifications:
  • 200+ sUAS flight hours
  • 1 year of sUAS mapping experience
  • Knowledge and experience operating in US airspace
  • FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Experience in ArcGIS, Civil 3D, Pix4D, and GlobalMapper
  • Surveying experience with Trimble GNSS for control layout
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Willing to travel to remote locations throughout the Northwest
  • Responsible for observing current laws, regulations, and safety in all operations
  • Promote and refine established company operating procedures and practices
  • Willing to train and mentor new pilots through all established tiers of experience

Desired Qualifications:
  • 500+ sUAS flight hours
  • 3-5 years of sUAS mapping experience
  • Bentley Systems experience with MicroStation, TopoDot, ContextCapture
  • LiDAR experience with airborne or mobile platforms
  • Thermal, multispectral, or hyperspectral experience
  • Postprocessing and RTK acquisition with DJI drones and LiDAR sensors
  • FAA Private Pilot License and/or Helicopter Pilot License
  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline
  • Experience or Certification as a Photogrammetrist
  • Land Survey Intern or Professional Land Surveyor

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance
  • Health Savings and Lifestyle Spending Account with employer contribution
  • Support for continuing education and training opportunities
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)/Holiday Pay
  • 401k and Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)
  • Flexible 9/80 (every other Friday off) work schedule
  • Holistic Wellbeing Program with a focus on physical, emotional, financial, career and community health
  • Opportunity for growth with support and mentoring to help with professional goals

Survey Jobs with DEA:

DEA fosters a unique, collaborative work environment where specific expertise can be targeted for optimal client solutions. Our team is staffed and fully equipped to provide land surveying services for: geodetic and control surveys, boundary and right-of-way surveys, topographic and quantity surveys, construction staking, static and mobile 3D scanning and modeling, and hydrographic survey services. Our day to day surveying and geomatics services described above cover a wide geographic area and client base. The result of this leads to a varied workload and a variety of opportunities for growth.

Potential office locations include: Bellevue, WA; Tacoma, WA; Seattle, WA; Everett, WA; Woodinville, WA; Portland, OR; Ontario, CA; Santa Clarita, CA; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Boise, ID; Spokane, WA; Coeur d'Alene, ID.