Airport Operations Specialist (#RP0500)
$25.98-$31.58 Hourly / $4,503.58-$5,474.14 Monthly / $54,043.06-$65,689.68 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs a wide range of facility operations, maintenance and security activities at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport; renders assistance and service to airport users; assists with emergency response; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the journey-level class in the Airport Operations Specialist class series. An incumbent in this class is responsible for day-to-day facility operations, maintenance and security at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport facility. Independent judgment is required in all airfield matters, including possible emergency situations. 


  • Daily inspects airport facilities, grounds and equipment to ensure safe operations, including airfield pavement, lighting and marking, aircraft parking, and fencing; implements and monitors the Wildlife Hazard Management Plan; coordinates maintenance and repairs with maintenance and other staff.
  • Monitors closed circuit and alarm systems; reports problems immediately.
  • Patrols airport facilities to ensure compliance with federal aviation regulations, airport policies and ordinances, uniform fire codes, and other related requirements; observes runway conditions and issues Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) to advise airlines and others of conditions; observes and reports improper, illegal, or hazardous activities or conditions to proper authorities.
  • Coordinates emergency response with other response agencies; makes appropriate notifications.
  • Greets and assists airport users and the general public; may transport the public on airport grounds; may conduct tours of Airport facilities as directed; promotes good public relations.
  • Prepares correspondence, reports and other documentation.
  • Maintains the Airport Access Control System (Badging System), including auditing files and access media for correct information and updating and renewing access media as necessary.


Experience:   One year as an Airport Operations Worker in San Joaquin County.

Experience:   Two years of operations, security, or maintenance activities at a Federal Code of Regulations, Part 139 commercial airport, or for a scheduled airline, that required some knowledge of, and compliance with, federal aviation regulations.

Education:  Completion of 30 semester (or equivalent quarter) units from an accredited college or university, including at least 15 units in airport operations, airport security, aviation technology, business administration, public administration, or a closely-related field.

Experience:   One year of operations, security, or maintenance experience at a Federal Code of Regulations, Part 139 commercial airport, or for a scheduled airline, that required some knowledge of, and compliance with, federal aviation regulations.

Certificates:  One or more of the following certifications issued by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) are desirable: Airport Certified Employee (ACE), Airport Security Coordinator (ASC), and/or Certified Member (CM).  Possession of a valid private or commercial pilot’s license that meets Federal Aviation Administration requirements is desirable.

Special Requirement: Upon offer of employment must pass all background requirements as stated in the Federal Code of Regulations Title 49, Parts 1540, 1542 and 1544.

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license. 


Principles and techniques of airport operations and administration; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including Federal Code of Regulations/Transportation Security Administration Title 49, Parts 1540, 1542 and 1544; terminology used in the operation and maintenance of a certified FAA airport; local and federal air regulations, ordinances, uniform fire code, hazardous materials handling requirements, safety regulations and practices employed in the operation of an airport facility; various aircraft recognition and basic operating characteristics; airport vegetation control; general office practices and procedures; personal computer systems and general office computer software; first aid; techniques and methods of customer service and public relations.


Understand, interpret and apply laws, regulations, and ordinances related to airports; utilize standard office procedures and office equipment; read, understand and apply detailed instructions and other job-related materials; establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, the public, and others; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; exercise good judgment; respond in a calm and professional manner under stressful or emergency situations; operate radios and act on information.


Mobility – operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time; driving; occasional running, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing, crawling; Lifting – frequently 5 to 30 lbs; occasional lifting/turning of heavy objects or people;  Visual – constant good overall vision, reading/close-up work; color perception and use eye/hand coordination; frequent use of depth perception and field/peripheral vision; Dexterity – frequent reaching; grasping; repetitive motion; writing; Hearing/Talking – frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone/radio, talking in person; ability to hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological – constant decision making, concentration, and public contact; public speaking; dealing with emergency situations; frequent working alone; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, and death, hazardous materials; Special Requirements may require working weekends and nights;  Environmental –  frequent exposure to noise and varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP0500; EST: 8/13/2008; REV: 4/8/2015;