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Seasonal Ground Tech./CDL Driver

Helicopter Applicators Inc.

1670 York Road

Gettysburg, PA




Seasonal Ground Tech./CDL Driver Job Description General Helicopter Applicators Inc., a Gettysburg PA based aerial application company, is seeking CDL truck drivers to work seasonally as Ground Technicians (GTs) in support of our helicopters for aerial spray operations. Job Description This position will require intermittent and sometimes extensive travel primarily throughout the east coast and occasionally further. When not traveling/working on site, GTs are required to report daily to our Gettysburg location to assist with general maintenance/post job-site tasks in HAI shop/hanger and preparations for upcoming jobs. All GTs will be assigned to particular off-site projects as they arise. GTs will travel and work with a 2 to 4-person crew to include the aircraft/pilot and other ground support personnel as needed. Due to the seasonal/weather dependent nature of the industry, travel is often required on short notice (1 to 2 days) and for up to 3 weeks at a time. GTs will drive our trucks from the Gettysburg, PA location to job sites and will be responsible for the safe operation of our trucks to off-road landing zones where the helicopter is able to land next to or on top of the truck. All operations are weather dependent and work hours when on a job site will vary significantly. A typical workday will start before daylight and weather permitting may continue until dark. Alternatively, wind or rain can shut down an operation for several days. Duration of a particular project therefore can vary as weather delays are common. For seasonal GT’s in 2020 the least number of nights on the road was 65, the most was 125, with an average of 95.

Daily/Basic Job operations • At all times, project a professional and courteous image to the customer and general public

  • Operate company equipment safely and in compliance with all federal, state, DOT regulations
  • Perform basic equipment, maintenance, and inspections daily while on job sites. And be responsible for repairing and/or reporting necessary items to management.
  • Keeping all equipment clean at all times, to include working with the crew to wash aircraft and trucks daily and avoiding chemical spills and messes at all times.
  • Navigating to and from remote locations using paper maps, GPS, etc.
  • Keeping accurate mileage records, logbooks, chemical records, etc.
  • Prepping your truck as much as possible before the trip and before each day (loading with water, fuel, chemical) so as to minimize down time during the spray session.
  • Measuring and mixing chemicals and loading into aircraft through pumps, hoses, etc.
  • Fueling aircraft using the onboard fuel tank/system
  • Physical labor to include dragging hoses, carrying chemical boxes, rolling barrels, climbing ladders, and working outdoor in all weather conditions is common in this position. Note- A performance review will be conducted to ensure satisfactory skills are met within the first 30 days of employment and or based on actual job performance. Job Requirements/Qualifications
  • Class A (preferred) or B CDL and current or willingness to obtain tanker and hazmat endorsements. A performance review will be conducted to ensure satisfactory skills are met.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment as well as random drug and alcohol testing and a criminal background check.
  • Current or willingness to obtain state pesticide certifications (company will provide training and pay for this) Prior spray application or mixing is a plus
  • Willingness to travel on short notice and for sometimes extended periods. Flexibility in scheduling is paramount due to the nature of the business.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with HAI employees and outside personnel (i.e. state employees, chemical company representatives, customers, etc.)
  • Willingness to learn and understand spray mixing mathematical calculations. A performance review will be conducted to ensure satisfactory skills are met.
  • Mechanical aptitude/experience is a plus. Timing/Work Hours This is a seasonal position with the possibility of fulltime and/or multiple year seasonal opportunities.

  • Job to start on or about April 1st and end on or about Nov. 1st. During that time, when not assigned to an off-location job site, GTs will report Monday-Friday for an 8-hour work shift at the Gettysburg, PA location. When on a jobsite, work hours will vary and are entirely weather dependent, but may include up to seven days a week and 14 hours per day. Benefits Helicopter Applicators Inc. pays for travel expenses to include hotels, fuel, tolls, etc. Employees receive up to $55 daily per diem when away from Gettysburg, PA to cover meals. Seasonal employees will be eligible to join Helicopter Applicators Inc. 401k plan after one full year or 1,000 hours worked. The hours worked continue to accrue from one work season to the next even with a break in employment. Seasonal employees who complete the full work season with us will be eligible for an end of season bonus. There is also the opportunity to earn a per acre bonus for certain job types. This seasonal position includes the possibility of full-time status for very successful seasonal employees. Compensation Season Gts will be compensated on an hourly rate, basis dependent on experience and to be negotiated at time of interview. Time and a half overtime is paid for all hours over 40/week. Interested candidates please contact Ben Miller at 717-321-3035 – cell.


    $27.00 - $32.0/ hour based on exp.

    Main Contact

    Andrea Gastley