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Deputy Sheriff Lieutenant (Helicopter Pilot)

Charleston County

Charleston County

North Charleston, SC, USA
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2024


The Air Support Unit currently operates a Bell 407 helicopter, equipped for NVG and FLIR operations. The candidates should possess the following specific aviation related certificates and flight minimum requirements:

Commercial Pilot License with Rotorcraft

Instrument Rating

Second Class Medical certificate, no restrictions

Current Biennial Flight Review (BFR)

1000 hours turbine rotary wing Pilot in Command (PIC) time

100 hours Night Vision Goggle (NVG) time

The above listed items are necessary for employment consideration, not preferences.

Certified law enforcement officer (preferred)

HIRING HOURLY RANGE: $37.80 - $41.80

HIRING SALARY RANGE: $78,624 - $86,944 (Estimated Annual Salary)


Duties and Responsibilities

Applicants meeting the minimum criteria must submit to, and successfully complete, all phases of the hiring process to be considered for employment. The process includes, but is not limited to the following: the Nelson Denny Vocabulary and Reading Examination, a physical abilities test, a two-phase background investigation, a credit check; a polygraph examination, a psychological examination/evaluation, a pre-employment physical, and an oral board consisting of a review of the current FAR Parts: 61, 91, and AIM. Additionally, applicants may be required to demonstrate their aviation abilities during an in-aircraft flight review to be conducted by a member of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit. Applicants must be available to work on rotating shifts, weekends, holidays and on-call as required. Any pilot applicants, without law enforcement certification, will be required to successfully complete the Basic Law Enforcement certification training course conducted at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, SC. Out of state certification must comply with South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy’s guidelines. Following certification, applicants will be required to complete an in-house training syllabus. Upon completion, candidates will be assigned to the Air Support Unit.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education – High school diploma or GED from an accredited school

Minimum Qualification – US citizen 21 years of age or older, possess a current SC driver’s license or be able to obtain one prior to hire; have no criminal convictions, and have at least 3 years of helicopter pilot experience.