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Seeking Operational Specialist (UAS Pilot)








Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States


Government, Transportation - Warehouse - Logistics, Subject Matter Expert, aviation




Operational Specialist (UAS Pilot)

Full Time  Secret Clearance  TS/SCI Security Clearance

Operational Specialist (UAS Pilot)
Tulsa, OK 74116
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Join the team who values your skills and expertise. From intelligence and cybersecurity to vulnerability assessment and mission assurance, Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) brings experience and results. Building on a reputation as a dedicated, disciplined and tightly-knit organization, CNSP supports DOD and other federal clients in their critical, strategic and operational programs. CNSP is looking for qualified talent to give our clients the support they deserve and the quality they expect from our team – a team of experts, like you.

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs is part of Cherokee Federal – a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. For more information, visit

The Operational Specialist (OS) will perform as a remote pilot for Group 1 & 2 Fixed Wing (FW)/ Multirotor (MR) Platforms and serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Red Teaming / Aggressor operations on various events that involve C-sUAS flying or other related activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Performs intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination of technologies used in UAS’s
Coordination and scenario-development during DoD technology test events.
Assists test and training personnel in the post-flight data collection process with observation feedback during event hot washes.
Works with test event data-collectors to validate flight information collected during the event.
Defines vulnerabilities and critical infrastructure regarding threats by UAS’s.
Responsible for the acquisition, fabrication, modification, programming, and maintenance of UAS’s for test events.
Deploys and redeploys the UAS’s ground and air systems.
Conducts any required coordination with the FAA prior to event execution.
Launches and recovers the air vehicle, performs pre-flight, in flight and post-flight checks and procedures.
Participates in all working groups, planning meetings, conferences, and briefings as a key member of the C-UAS community of interest.
Defines, plans, organizes, and executes complex precision flight programs and flight test events
Prepares and flies event specific aggressor operations to meet event objectives from foundational to advanced as defined in AFI 36-2201 para 8.1.3. OS’must be able to maintain and operate technologically relevant Group 1 & 2 UASs (based onDOD’s UAS Group classification)
Experience withstandard commercial off the shelf (Cots)/Government off the shelf (GOTS) MR and FW equipment
Performs data collection flights for mapping and geographical information systems (GIS) with COTS vehicles.
Experience with DOD flight line operations, with the ability to coordinate with DOD aircraft and an understanding of and compliance to standard DOD flight tower coordination procedures.
Develops tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and threat flight profiles to challenge DOD C-sUAS systems ased on the most current threat market as defined in Government intelligence and threat reporting.
Ability to work closely with individuals of widely disparate backgrounds, including engineering, science, military operations, aviation, and maintenance.
Develops test plans, modifies aircraft, creates custom flight profiles, and provides technical solutions.
Knowledge of highly regulated environments with complex rules and procedures; knowledge of operational Risk Management (ORM) and safety analysis techniques is highly desired
Experience with troubleshooting, UAS modification, basic UAS maintenance procedures, and a thorough knowledge of the following:
Common RC/Hobby aircraft components and controllers,
Part 107 Regulations and Waiver/Authorization Process
Mission Planner and Pixhawk Operations

Educations and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree and experience in Aviation Safety and Risk Analysis
Knowledge of  Part 107 Remote Pilot License Regulations and Waiver / Authorization
Private or Military Pilot License or
Military UAS or RC/Hobby Flight Time

Knowledge , Skills and Abilities
Excellent communications skills are required.
An Active Secret Clearance which can be confirmed in DISS is required. TS/SCI clearance is preferred.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $69 - $70 hourly

CNSP does not offer a competitive benefit package for this Intermittent Full Time position.  Paid time off will acrue with hours worked according to applicable law.

Work Environment
Work is performed in the field. Candidate must be willing to travel to remote locations in the US
Flight operations are conducted in outdoor field environments in various types of airspace and ground space in all types of weather and light conditions