The airport operations internship is designed to expose recent college graduates in Aviation Management to the many facets of managing and operating a commercial service airport. The internship will consist of up to 24 weeks of full-time professional introduction into airport operations and administration. Qualified candidates will be a recent graduate or will be graduating near the start date with a bachelor degree in airport management or closely related field.
The position will be responsible for assisting the Operations Manager in enforcing airport rules and regulations, reviewing lease and contract documents, performing airfield, perimeter, security, fuel farm, parking lot, and related inspections.
Provides support for public relations, advertising, and marketing programs, air service development, airport construction projects and planning efforts.
Airport document review and revision, airport training program review and revision, and any other work efforts associated with airport operations.
May be assigned to work in preparing and maintaining Federal Aviation Administration requirements, the Airport Certification Manual, the Airport Rules and Regulations Manual, the Airport Minimum Operating Standards, and all other Airport documents as assigned.
Assists with the planning, coordination, and implementation of special events.
Provides support for the operations department in regards to the inspection of the airfield, terminal, perimeter, and grounds for compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations, Transportation Security Administrations Regulations, airport rules and regulations, leases, and agreements.
Assists the operations department with all snow removal needs and duties.
Monitors and enforces FAA, TSA, and airport rules and regulations regarding persons and vehicles operating in secured areas verifying identification and operating credentials.
May escort vendors or contractors, depending upon assignment and work location
Monitors and manages wildlife.
May be asked to work on special projects
Part 139 and 77 regulations and familiar with TSA Part 1542 security requirements.
Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration regulations, and all applicable state, federal, and local laws and regulations related to operating a Part 139 commercial air carrier airport.
A basic understanding and knowledge in airport lighting systems, approach lighting systems, radio navigational aids, and runway approaches
Basic airport and emergency radio procedures.
Computer programs. At a minimum, MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Understanding and operating two-way radio communication equipment and communicating with aircraft and the FAA clearly and concisely, utilizing correct terminology.
Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with a minimum of direction.
Operating all equipment utilized in the performance of the essential functions of the position.
Performing clerical work including maintenance of appropriate records and compiling information for reports.
Communicating clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.
Responding to requests and inquiries from the general public
Education or Formal Training and Licenses:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Aviation Management, Airport Management, or a related field.
FAA licensed pilot preferred
AAAE membership preferred
Valid state driver's license
About Durango - La Plata County Airport
The Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) is the premier airport in the Four Corners region. DRO has daily service from American Airlines and United Airlines. Serving nearly 400,000 annual passengers Durango is the 5th busiest airport in Colorado and continues to grow. DRO is co-owned by the City of Durango and La Plata County, but is a department of the City of Durango.
With over 300 days of sunshine Durango, and the San Juan range, is amazing to live and work in! Historic Downtown Durango has great local restaurants, bars and coffee shops. You will also find beautiful historic hotels and quaint shops on Main Avenue. The Four corners region of Colorado is known for its outdoor activities like fly fishing the Animas River or hiking and biking the beautiful San Juan mountain trails. Other outdoor activities are numerous and include horseback riding, rafting, skiing/snowboarding and more!