Pilot - Life Lion

Penn State Health - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Location: US:PA:Hershey
Work Type: Full Time
FTE: 1.00
Shift: Varied
Hours: 12 Hour Shifts


Life Lion at Penn State Health is looking for a skilled and dedicated pilot to join their team. Pilots are responsible for operating a rotorcraft to transport an emergency team to pick up and deliver patients to health care facilities, for the preparation of flight plans, for ensuring the readiness of the aircraft for flights, and for overseeing the loading, weight distribution, and securing of equipment, provisions and passengers. 

The pilot plans the flight assignment and obtains briefing information regarding purpose of flight, weather, operating procedures, and special instructions. They also prepare or supervise the preparation of flight plans considering such factors as altitude, terrain, weather, range, weight, fuel, landing facilities, and navigational aids. In addition, pilots operate the aircraft as Pilot-in-Command in accordance with FAA regulations. Pilots also load computer or applicable information and graphs contained in the aircraft flight manual and files, activates, and closes flight plans as applicable. Life Lion Pilots also participate in flight safety programs and public relations events, as well as comply with training requirements and program policies. 


Associate’s Degree or training equivalent to a two-year program in aircraft operation, plus 2 to 3 years of effective experience required.

Must be able to meet “Pilot-in-Command” qualifications in accordance with FAR Part 135.


Minimum of 2,000 hours total time, 3,000 is preferred.

Previous EMS experience or military medevac-type flight experience is preferred.

Time in AS365 series and/or H155 model is preferred.

FAA Commercial pilot certificate with rotorcraft and helicopter instrument rating required (Airline Transport Pilot certificate is preferred. If hired with Commercial certificate only, pilot must complete ATP certification within one year of employment – using company aircraft.)

Penn State Health Offers an exceptional benefit package including but not limited to: 

Generous Paid Time Off and Personal Time 

Medical Benefits (No waiting period) 

Dental and Vision Benefits 

 75% Penn State University Tuition Discount (Full-Time Employees)  This benefit extends to dependents after one year 

Matching 401K retirement plan 


Penn State Health is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country. It is a multi-hospital health system, Academic Medical Center and Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center serving patients and communities across Central Pennsylvania. The system includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children's Hospital, and Penn State Cancer Institute in scenic Hershey, PA. It also includes Penn State Health Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Reading, PA, Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center in Camp Hill, PA, and Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Enola, PA. Penn State Health shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine. 


We are proud to possess a vibrant downtown area which affords exceptional cultural opportunities including the Hershey and Harrisburg Orchestras, museums, a highly rated amusement park, the Hershey Theater, farmer’s markets and some of the finest dining in the region. We are an easy distance from the Fulton Theater, York Little Theater, Lancaster’s Amish country, and walkable towns like Hummelstown and Lititz. For the outdoors enthusiast, we have ample opportunities for hiking, biking, rowing, and hunting. For sports lovers, we are home to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, the Minor League Baseball’s Harrisburg Senators, and the United Soccer League’s Penn FC. Central Pennsylvania is an exceptional combination of rural, suburban, and city living is within a 2-hour drive to weekend destinations such as Philadelphia, Washington DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore, and only a 3-hour drive from New York City. 

This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.

Penn State Health is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is unapologetically expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please call 717-531-8440 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday, email [email protected] or download our Accommodation Instructions for Job Applicants PDF for more detailed steps for assistance.

Union: Non Bargained