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Airborne Sensor Operator / Aerial Photographer

Position: Full-time

Location: Chesterfield, MO

Surdex is a leading geospatial mapping firm with ten aircraft that acquire imagery and data for various mapping projects.Our flight team consists of Pilots and Sensor Operators/Aerial Photographers who fly nationwide

To be successful in this role, you must be:

  • Able to travel a schedule of about 15 days on and six days off¬† (no exceptions)
  • Very detailed, punctual and organized
  • Available on short notice while on-call
  • Able to learn technical equipment and processes
  • Located in the St. Louis metro area (only local candidates will be considered)

 Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Assembling, loading, maintaining and operating all camera equipment and systems
  • Monitoring and adjusting the equipment’s operation and make minor repairs in flight
  • Recording data accurately while on each flight line on the grid
  • Assisting the pilot with decisions to re-fly lines if there are problems with the data
  • Uploading data to the FTP site after each mission is flown

Preferred education or experience:

  • Degree, coursework or experience in geography, GIS, engineering, survey or mapping
  • Experience in digital photography, Photoshop or graphics software
  • Aviation experience or training including pilots, flight operations or UAV (drones)

 Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and move at least 50 pounds of equipment and supplies, with or without assistance
  • Demonstrated strength, agility and endurance to climb, crawl, bend and sit in a confined space for up to six hours
  • Visual acuity to see close-up, distance, color, periphery and depth
  • Ability to adapt to changing temperatures, noise, light and altitude
  • Must pass DOT pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug tests
  • Must maintain a credit card with available credit of $3,000 to charge expenses. Weekly reimbursement of expenses is provided
  • U.S Passport or availability to obtain one
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record

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