Surdex Corporation
  • 05-Feb-2020 to 05-Apr-2020 (CST)
  • Sensor Operator
  • St Louis, MO, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full-Time

Aerial Photographer


If you love aviation and travel, Surdex has a great opportunity to fly as an Aerial Photographer across North America.


Surdex is one of the largest and most respected Aerial Survey and Mapping companies in North America and is growing our Flight Department. Many aspiring pilots, photographers, and geography majors have jump started their careers in this position.


Our Aerial Photographers fly along with a Commercial Pilot on single, twin engine, and turbo-prop aircraft that are equipped with high-end digital cameras and Lidar sensors used to capture imagery and data for maps. Your job is to ensure the cameras and sensors are accurately acquiring the images and data.


This position provides competitive compensation, benefits and significant travel with 15 days on duty and 6 off. Since photography can only be taken on good weather days, there are many opportunities to go sightseeing while getting your minimum of 8hrs of pay. Surdex reimburses expenses when you travel, including commercial airline flights, hotels and meals.


As an Aerial Photographer, you will:

  • Assemble, load, maintain and operate all camera equipment and systems
  • Monitor and adjust the equipment's operation and make minor repairs while in flight
  • Record data accurately while on each flight line on the grid
  • Assist the pilot with decisions to re-fly lines if there are problems with the data
  • Upload data to the company website after each mission is flown

Education, Experience and Abilities:

  • Associate or Bachelors degree preferred
  • Training, work experience or interest in photography, aviation or mapping is a plus
  • Experience using Windows for file management and Microsoft office is required
  • Team player who can work with various personalities
  • Proficient in verbal and written English
  • Very detailed, punctual and organized
  • You must have a personal credit card for expenses; however, reimbursements are made weekly.

Essential Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Ability to lift and move at least 50 pounds of equipment and supplies
  • Ability to sit in a confined space in the plane for up to six (6) hours at a time
  • Visual acuity to see close-up, distance, color, periphery and depth
  • Ability to use a computer and manipulate small equipment parts
  • Ability to adapt to changing temperatures, noise, light and altitude
  • Ability to pass DOT pre-employment, random and post-accident drug tests
  • MUST live in the St. Louis Metro area local candidates only
  • Must be able to work the travel schedule
  • Ability to work in the US without employer sponsorship now or in the future

What we offer:

  • Hourly pay rate plus overtime
  • Full insurance benefits on the first of the month after 60 days
  • Paid Time Off and Holiday pay
  • Eligibility in the 401K plan with employer match
  • Profit related bonus

Surdex is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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