Seasonal Helicopter Pilot

Seasonal Helicopter Pilot


Job Position: Seasonal Helicopter Pilot

Company: J.D. Irving

Expected salary: $450 – 600 per day

Location: Juniper, NB

Seasonal Helicopter Pilot Job Details:


At J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) our role as stewards of the land is one of the most important that we play. Our business begins with managing and protecting the forest. We are dedicated to sustainable forest management, research, conservation, and protecting our forests from fire and insect outbreaks. Focused on rigorous land management and responsible stewardship, JDI Woodlands is guided by a 100-year management plan that preserves the environmental and ecological integrity of our land, air, water, and wildlife. We are committed to applying disciplined science, advanced technology and best practices while ensuring accountability through independent audits and environmental certification.
Forest Patrol Limited is subsidiary of JDI Woodlands, responsible for aerial applications and aerial fire suppression. Forest Patrol Limited operates four, new Air Tractor 802s, one Quest Kodiak, and two Bell 407 helicopters. We are constantly updating our equipment, have the latest technology and practices, and support continued learning and recurrent training for our pilots. We are seeking an experienced Seasonal Helicopter Pilot who wants to join a family-owned business and a team of dedicated pilots.
The ideal candidate will be seeking a long-term, full-time, seasonal employment opportunity. The scope of work includes aerial application (insecticide and herbicide), firefighting operations reconnaissance and VIP flights. Our season typically begins in early-April and runs through to early October, normally providing 120 working days in the contract season.
Our schedule follows a rotation of 15 days on, 6 days off. Pilots stay in modern camps at our airbase in Juniper, New Brunswick during their rotation, and travel home for days off. Lodging and meals are included while staying onsite. We offer a competitive compensation and benefit package which is paid biweekly in the form of a base salary, with additional year-end bonuses for flight time ($100/hour) and application quality incentive ($2/hectare). Pilots can expect to fly between 150 to 200 hours per season, depending on fire indices and program size.

  • Canadian commercial pilot license with valid medical
  • Proficient spoken and written English
  • Minimum 1000 hours total flying time as Pilot in Command
  • Operational experience with aerial forest fighting and/or aerial spray is an asset
  • Valid Passport for entry in the U.S.
  • Flexibility to work in a team in an onsite airbase and camp environment
  • Operating in a safe and environmentally conscientious manner


  • Operational flying during day VFR conditions, throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Maine
  • Key flying duties include water bucketing on forest fires, pesticide application programs, forestry recon flights, aerial surveys, corporate flying, and crew transportation
  • Operate the aircraft safely, within the CARs and company procedures
  • Carry out daily inspections of the aircraft and ancillary equipment
  • Maintain a state of operational readiness commensurate with wildfire risk
  • Keeping equipment clean, ready-to-operate and assisting Maintenance Engineer
  • Responsible for participating in the maintenance and cleaning of the living and working area
  • Live at our main airbase and company camp at 251 Southwest Road, Juniper, New Brunswick, E7L 4S7 while on-shift
  • Temporary assignments to other company airbases and camps (or hotels) in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Maine will be made as required to carry-out fire protection, pesticide application programs, and/or training exercises. These locations are normally Boston Brook airbase and camp, Chipman airbase and camp, or Saint John airport and hotel (New Brunswick), but can change as needed.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Professional and adaptable to a fast and flexible work environment
  • Ideally looking for a long-term career opportunity
  • Always operating in a safe and environmentally conscientious manner.

The Location:
This position is mainly based in Juniper, New Brunswick. Juniper is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Fredericton. Many of our employees make Fredericton their home as it is diverse, provides opportunities for families and is central to our operations.
Pay Scale: $450 to $600 per day, commensurate with experience.
Benefits Package:

  • Competitive health/drug/dental program after 1-month of service
  • 5% RRSP matching by employer after 1-month of service
  • Access to various employee insurance and health support programs

To Apply:

  • Apply online

Contact Information:
Ms. Alison Peach, Human Resources Business Partner for Forest Patrol Ltd.
(506) 434-3969
J.D. Irving, Limited, Woodlands Division is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment for all employees.
Additional Information

  • Posting Date: Dec 22, 2023

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