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Airport Operations Intern

Job Details

High School
$18.00 Hourly


Grand Junction Regional Airport


POSITION TITLE: Airport Operations Intern

DEPARTMENT: Operations

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt (Temporary)

SALARY RANGE: $18.00 Hourly


Under general direction coordinates and performs airport operations in various areas such as airside, construction, security, and fleet maintenance. Ensures the facilities and support systems are appropriately maintained and functioning properly; monitors airside operations and ensures safety and efficiency, and that all activities comply with applicable rules, regulations, directives, policies, and procedures. Implements programs and performs projects that ensure safe and efficient airport operations; handles airport customer and tenant service issues and requests. Strong emphasis on being a self-starter and being able to perform work with little to no supervision.


  1. Ability to work up to 40 hours weekly, with potential for overtime.
  2. Fulfills the daily duties as assigned under the Airport Certification Manual (ACM) and FAR Part 139.
  3. Coordinates and performs airfield grounds maintenance with heavy equipment such as grading of safety areas, weed removal, trenching, and general airfield grooming.
  4. Coordinates and performs airfield inspections and is responsible for posting Notices to Air Missions (NOTAMs) in accordance with FAR Part 139, work orders, and maintenance/ security inspections on gates and fence lines.
  5. Coordinates and performs repair of potholes with cold or hot mix asphalt; pavement and tie-down maintenance and repair; paints markings, repairs and replaces signs and posts; sweeps paved areas.
  6. Coordinates and performs wildlife hazard control/mitigation with the legal use of firearms.
  7. Utilizes a computer to log all inspections, work, filing of NOTAMs, writing emails, conducting training, and anything else assigned.
  8. Assists with Airport security-related duties as requested.
  9. Carries a two-way radio.

Equipment Operations:

  1. Operate in a competent, safe manner a variety of vehicles and equipment required to perform duties, including, but not limited to, firearms, automobiles, backhoes, pickup/utility trucks, dump trucks, chain/trimming saws, miscellaneous power and hand tools, grader, weed eaters, lawn edger’s, loader, riding and manual lawn mowers.
  2. Coordinates and performs general maintenance on equipment, such as safety, oil, and operation checks. Cleans the interior and exterior of equipment weekly. Performs general maintenance and minor repair on heavy equipment, such as graders, front-end loaders, and snowplows. Repairs and maintains other related equipment.
  3. Performs all other work as required.


Mandatory Requirements:

High school diploma or GED.

Background Check: Employment with the Airport is contingent upon an education/experience background investigation, a fingerprint-based criminal history record check processed by the FBI, and the ability to be granted a security badge as mandated by the Transportation Security Administration.

Drug and Alcohol Screening: The Grand Junction Regional Airport conducts pre-employment, post-offer drug and alcohol screening, and random drug screening during employment.

Personal Attributes

  1. Be honest and trustworthy
  2. Be respectful
  3. Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  4. Demonstrate sound work ethic
  5. Be self-motivated

Special Requirements/Licenses:

  1. Possession of a valid Colorado driver’s license


Work is performed as part of a work team with direct supervision after assignment of duties.


Responsible for maintaining records and reports on assigned projects ensures accuracy and completeness of assigned projects.


The physical demands represent those that an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

Strength and energy sufficient to maintain an active work schedule involving driving and/or physical exertion; hearing and speaking to exchange information; seeing to perform assigned duties; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate tools and equipment; kneeling, bending at the waist and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally as needed; lifting light to moderately heavy objects.


Including but not limited to hand power tools, all-terrain vehicles, mobile radios, aviation radios, and firearms. This position requires use of Airport vehicles.


The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high and precarious places and frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except during certain maintenance duties when noise levels may be loud.

Employees in this position are required to work in areas or around equipment which may meet or exceed the OSHA Hearing Conservation sound level.

This position may require shift work, weekends, and holidays.

This description covers the most significant essential and auxiliary duties performed but does not include other occasional work which may be similar, related to, or logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employee agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.