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Lead Ground Crew Member

LTA Research
Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California
234 days ago
We are an aerospace R&D company building experimental and certified airships. We are developing and manufacturing advanced technologies to dramatically increase the capabilities and lower the cost of 21st-century airships.
LTA’s airships will have the ability to complement and even accelerate humanitarian disaster response and relief efforts, especially in remote areas that cannot be easily accessed by plane and boat due to limited or destroyed infrastructure. We ultimately aim to create a family of aircraft with zero emissions that would substantially reduce the global carbon footprint of aviation when used for shipping goods and moving people.

We are seeking a Lead Ground Crew Member to assist in the safe flight and operation of our airships.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Works under the direction of the Ground Operations Manager, Crew Chief, performing duties necessary to maintain the safe, efficient operation of the airship. 
    • Represents the company and airship operations in a professional and appropriate manner in all aspects on and off the job.
    • Leads and supports a team of Airship Ground Crew members in all operational, logistical, and administrative requirements.
    • Participates in airship launching and landing activities, ground handling, and crew chief duties as required.
    • Tends to airship systems management watch in rotational shifts with coworkers, including overnight shifts when the airship is moored on the mast.
    • Drives ground support vehicles pertinent to mission objectives.
    • Follows all safety regulations in accordance with company policies, FAA, and the Department of Transportation.
    • Assists airship mechanics and hangar technicians in performing tasks as necessary.
    • Performs and supervises hangar operations and maintenance support functions as directed.
    • Performs and supervises ground support equipment (GSE) cleaning and maintenance duties as directed.
    • Performs additional duties as directed.
    • Assists with transit operations and logistics planning as required.


    • Valid driver’s license
    • Clean driving record
    • Previous airship operations experience required
    • Ability to obtain a Class A CDL High school diploma or equivalent
    • Must be able to pass a TSA background check
    • Ability to work at heights
    • Ability to pass and maintain DOT physical and drug/alcohol screening


    • Valid Class A CDL
    • Boom lift, scissor lift, telehandler, forklift experience

Physical Requirements:

    • Must be capable of lifting and transporting up to 50 pounds
    • Capable of sitting or standing for long periods of time
    • Must be able to work in outdoor-type weather conditions year-round
    • Willingness to travel frequently in support of airship operations

What We Offer!

    • Relocation assistance
    • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance through a PPO plan (100% premium paid for individuals, ~70% for dependents)
    • Company-paid life, AD&D, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance
    • Parental leave
    • Generous PTO + 10 paid holidays
    • 401(k) matching up to 6%
    • Lunch and snacks provided every day, including accommodations for all dietary restrictions
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Monthly cell phone stipend
    • Yearly education stipend to obtain certifications or take classes in your field
    • Mental health benefit
    • Fun events, swag, and the occasional airship ride
    • An opportunity to change the world and work with some of the smartest and the most talented experts from different fields
$25 - $45 an hour
The base range for this role is $25-45/hr, which is determined based on experience, geography, and qualifications. The base salary is one component of the total compensation package, which includes a very competitive annual bonus, 401K Match, and other generous benefits. While we believe competitive compensation is a critical aspect of your decision to join us, we do hope you also spend time considering why our mission and culture are right for you.

Lighter Than Air is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other discriminatory factors prohibited by law.

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