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UAS Operations Specialist

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
Salary based upon experience.

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Position Information:


The Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) seeks aerospace and aviation specialists to ensure the safe execution of, and provide operational oversight of UAS flights performed under the Test Site. The UAS Operations Specialist position will provide service, support, and management to NPUASTS client operations and affiliated research programs.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, annual & sick leave in addition to 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate's responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
  • UAS Operations Support
    • Preparation for and insuring safe execution of aviation and UAS flights performed under NPUASTS.
    • Provide consulting and high-quality customer service to a wide variety of aerospace and UAS clients.
    • Manage compliance to NPUASTS procedures and operational and regulatory requirements.
    • Fulfill required crewmember positions during flight operations, including operating NPUASTS aircraft, if required.
  • Office Duties/Additional Responsibilities
    • Support technical writing on documents, such as Concept of Operations, Test Plans/Cards, periodic reports, and client proposals.
    • Stay up-to-date on FAA guidance on Unmanned Aircraft.

Opportunities will include travel obligations.

Required Competencies

  • Willingness and ability to travel, as required.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, as required.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, teamwork, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter with ability to perform without direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple priorities in busy office setting.
  • Proven ability to provide excellent customer service to a wide variety of clients.
  • Proven ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor degree, or Associate degree with 3 years of equivalent aviation work experience, or 5 years of equivalent aviation work experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365.
  • Valid Drivers License.
  • Successful completion of a criminal history background check.
  • Export Control Compliance: This position requires compliance with the U.S. government export control laws and regulations. Applicants are required to be eligible for employment under U.S. export control laws and must meet the requirement of being a "U.S. Person" (U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b (a)(3)). UND will not sponsor applicants for employment authorization for this position. Information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws and will be used in compliance with all laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience conducting safe UAS flight operations.
  • Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) License.
  • Private or commercial pilot license.
  • Experience in technical writing.
  • Experience with Remote Control (RC) aircraft.
  • Experience building or configuring UAS.
  • Experience obtaining Part 107 Waivers.

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$55,000 annual, full-time, exempt, benefited

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 40 hours a week.

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran's status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran's Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university's policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.


The University of North Dakota is one of the largest employers in the region. The University provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes full health insurance premium coverage for single or family plans, a retirement plan, tuition benefits for employees, as well as for the spouse and dependents of the employee, on-campus training programs, exclusive internal recruitment opportunities, as well as many other benefits.

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264 Centennial Drive
Stop 7127
Grand Forks
United States

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