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Commercial UAS Pilot

If you have a passion for the outdoors, flying drones, and have an entrepreneurial spirit, we have an opportunity for you!

Job Description

We have developed an unmanned aerial system (UAS - referred to as the SnifferDRONE™) for detecting methane gas emitting from ground surfaces.  Our technology is quickly being adopted by the municipal solid waste industry for automating surface emissions monitoring.  While our business is built on emissions monitoring, we are a full-service provider of drone-based aerial services, delivering high-precision aerial surveys and other related services from a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flown to collect high-resolution RGB, radiometric thermal, and multispectral imagery. 

Business is expanding rapidly as we are currently performing projects in over six states.  We anticipate our footprint to more than double in 2020.  To support this activity, our company is seeking full-time FAA certified Part 107 pilots, with experience flying commercial unmanned aerial systems and managing aerial operations.  

You will be a leader for the business and will be responsible for planning, executing, and delivering successful projects on behalf of the company.  You will also be responsible for managing your crew, equipment, and the overall safety of the project in accordance with our three pillars of safety - Sniffer Robotics Safety Policy, Customer Specific Safety Policy, and the FAA Crew Resource Management procedures.  As an entrepreneurial company, you will be expected to perform at a high level while operating independently, efficiently, among a dynamic team-based environment.  Our commercial UAS pilots are expected to operate with the highest degree of professionalism. 


Sniffer Robotics' Commercial UAV Pilots operate alongside our field technicians.  You may be asked to assist in manual operations in a minor role while onsite assisting fieldwork that may also be required to complete the project.


  • Act as pilot-in-charge (PIC) for flight operations that may involve managing an operational team.

  • Confirm project feasibility.  Develop project objectives, flight plans, pre-operation, and post-operation submittals.  

  • File FAA waivers as required.

  • Ensure safe operations through compliance with Sniffer Robotics' safety policy, customer site-specific safety requirements, and the FAA's Crew Resource Management (CRM) protocols.

  • Appropriately check-in/out equipment for use.  Safely and successfully operate the equipment.  Inspect, clean and maintain equipment as required.  Report equipment issues immediately.

  • Be Sniffer Robotics' subject matter expert relating to aerial operations.

  • Effectively work within an entrepreneurial team environment.

  • Assist in the management of data and image processing.


Qualifications and Technical Skills

  • Active FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot, confirmed through IACRA and the FAADroneZone. 

  • FAA licensed airman private pilot preferred.

  • FAA Airmen license. 

  • Complete SnifferDRONE training.

  • Demonstrated experience with DJI Pilot, Pix4D, and/or UgCS or other commercial UAV flight planning software.

  • Experience with Pix4D, FLIR, Propeller and other image processing software tools preferred.

  • Pilot references.

  • Must be a licensed driver and have your own dependable transportation to travel to local sites.  SUV or truck is recommended.  

  • Ability to prioritize tasks based on objectives and deadlines.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and related software tools.

  • Must be able to pass a drug test and physical.

  • Must be able to travel throughout the US, approx 75%.

  • Must be authorized to work in the US.


Base Location:  Southeastern, Michigan - can work remotely

About Sniffer Robotics

Sniffer Robotics is a “technology as a service” company, providing new and advanced solutions that improve productivity, make operations safer, and help protect the environment.  The company is an industry pioneer, dynamic, and a growing company based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Sniffer Robotics is an equal opportunity employer and provides training to help you succeed in our company and in your career.

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