As-Needed UAV Operator

| Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Who We Are
Dudek is a leading environmental, planning, and engineering firm that help public and private clients plan, design, and build projects that improve communities’ built and natural infrastructure. Founded in 1980, Dudek has grown steadily to more than 800 professionals across the U.S. and received the Top Workplace Award for 2024.
As a 100% employee-owned company, Dudek’s culture rewards smart, productive team members with ownership, professional development, and financial benefits. We seek creative, pragmatic problem-solvers working at the intersection of science, engineering, regulations, and multiple stakeholders’ interest to help clients achieve project goals.
We encourage collaboration, sustainability, and innovation.
At Dudek, we abide by shared values:
Trust: We trust each other to use good judgment.
Respect: We act professionally and treat each other fairly.
Teamwork: We come together, share openly, and apply diverse perspectives.
Fun: We take our work seriously…not ourselves.
Well-Being: We care about each other’s health, safety, and total wellness.
Our culture is the foundation of who we are and how we work.
Learn more about our culture.
About The Job
Dudek is currently seeking an As-needed UAS Operator to join our team. Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators are remote pilots of unmanned observation aircrafts, aka UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that gather remotely sensed data such as imagery and LiDAR point clouds used in mapping applications. Our drone operators are aerial data collection specialists that work in a dynamic work environment and travel around the Western United States. Number of hours will be dependent on project needs.
Learn more about the projects you will have the opportunity to shape.
Who You Are
To thrive at Dudek, you should be comfortable with accountability, collaboration, flexibility while being a resourceful and independent thinker. We look for curious, solution-focused people who can adapt quickly to an ever-changing industry. There is no single way to solve a problem, so we encourage innovation.
Duties and Responsibilities (may include some or all of the below):

  • Conduct airborne data collection using a variety of sensors including LiDAR, imagery, multispectral, thermal and magnetometers
  • Assist survey Crew Chief in placing aerial targets prior to operation.
  • Create automated mission plans per client requirements
  • Perform preflight and postflight inspections of airframe and payload
  • Perform maintenance on communications equipment, power sources, light/heavy wheeled vehicles
  • Responsible for the maintenance and care of the equipment assigned.
  • Responsible for uploading data collected during the day the night after the flight missions
  • Responsible for completing daily flight logs
  • When not working in the field you would work from an office location nearest to you
  • Travel majority of the time (90%)

Minimum Requirements

  • High School Degree
  • Part 107 Certified operator
  •  Must possess a valid driver’s license and have active personal automobile liability insurance by first day of employment

* As a federal contractor, successful candidates are required to pass the following pre-employment requirements prior to beginning employment: pre - employment drug test and background check.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with various mission planning software (UgCS, DJI Pilot 2, etc.)
  • Experience with DJI M300 RTK, DJI M600 Pro or FreeFly ALTA X preferred
  • Knowledge of Trimble, Leica or Carlson GNSS Receivers
  • Working knowledge of remote sensing techniques such as LiDAR, photogrammetry, and multispectral data collection.
  • Experience using ESRI platforms and other GIS software suites

Physical Requirements
Working Conditions:

  • This job operates in an outdoor or office-based environment and this role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, printers, etc.
  • This job requires project site visits which are based outdoors which can include excessive noise, uneven walking surfaces, extreme weather, moving vehicles and equipment.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met in order to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

  • This job may require working on a computer, sitting or standing for long periods of time in an office or remote office setting.
  • This job requires attending meetings, both in person and virtually as well as speaking on the phone with government agency representatives, members of the public, and others. Speaking, hearing and listening are required.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Outdoor activity may involve walking/trekking in uneven terrain over long distances in extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Proposed Salary Range: $29.93-$36.58 hourly*
*Final agreed upon compensation will be based on a variety of factors including but not limited to an individual’s related experience, education, certifications, skills, and work location.
Perks of Being a Dudekian
At Dudek we will provide you with a competitive salary in an environment that promotes growth, career development, and a flexible work–life balance. Dudek offers an array of benefits, from medical, dental, and vision coverage, to the discretionary bonuses, based on firmwide, divisional, and individual performance.
We also offer a yearly merit review, an employee stock ownership program, and dog friendly offices! To honor our key value of well-being, Dudek provides generous Paid Time Off (PTO) packages for both salaried and hourly employees. If you’re tired of an overly bureaucratic decision-making process and want to be part of a work culture that puts its employees first, speak with your recruiter to learn more about the great perks of being a Dudekian.
*As-needed and part-time employees are eligible for our 401(k) plan, sick leave, and our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). As-needed and part-time employees have the option of additional benefits like medical benefits and ESOP participation provided they meet minimum hours worked during the 12-month look back measurement period. Speak with your recruiter to learn more.
Dudek is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by applicable law.
Dudek is a U.S.-based employer. All positions are based in the U.S. and require U.S. work authorization.

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