Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Airport Operations Agent (AOA) in New York, New York


The Airport Operations Agent (AOA) identifies aircraft, directs itinerant aircraft to parking positions, transports passengers to the terminals, and secures aircraft. As participants in the bird control programs, AOAs make sweeps of the runways and taxiways to disperse birds. AOAs are also responsible for monitoring the facility for FAR 139 related issues and reporting violations, irregularities, or hazardous conditions. AOAs help to maintain FAR 139 compliance at the worksite by monitoring escorts, cone-line and barrier placement, FOD control procedures, and runway-taxiway safety area protection. AOAs are responsible for ensuring haul-route requirements, worksite boundaries and adequate security guard staffing. AOAs need to maintain two-way communication with the Air Traffic Control Tower, the Airport Duty Manager and the Resident Engineer. AOAs are responsible for the protection of all active NAVAID critical areas during IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions. They also have responsibilities in the areas of safety, security, rescue/emergency situations, and snow removal. AOAs can be assigned to any of the following Port Authority facilities: John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport.

The AOA position requires working under the following conditions:

  • Exposure to hazards of emergency work

  • AOAs work rotating shifts including holidays and weekends

  • Exposure to all types of weather conditions


Candidates must present the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Operations; no work experience is required.

  • Candidates who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree must have a minimum of a High

  • School Diploma AND at least 1 year of aeronautical operations experience.

  • A valid driver's license is required


The ideal candidate will present the following qualification profile:

  • Knowledge of airport terminal, landside, and aeronautical operations

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the standards of FAR Part 139

  • Ability to obtain a Police Department Shotgun Permit upon appointment to the position

  • Knowledge of Air Traffic Control (ATC) procedures and instructions

  • Ability to communicate clearly

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions

  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and reports

  • Ability to interact with all airport tenants, guests and employees in a courteous and

professional manner

Selection Process

Selected qualified candidates will be invited to take part in the AOAselection process which consist ofwritten, and oral examinations. Only candidate who pass each phase will be eligible to move to next exam.

Written Examination is designed to measure the applicant's knowledge in areas such as: airport and aircraft terminology and operations; airport signage and runway markings; weather reporting; radio operation; traffic control; general FAR emergency procedures; and aircraft identifications.

Oral Examination is designed to measure candidates' knowledge and abilities in Aviation Operations, Situational Judgment, Problem Sensitivity, Flexibility, Decision Making, Customer Service, and Oral Communication.

Only candidates who qualifies the selection process will be eligible for further consideration. Selected candidate will be required to go through a comprehensive background check and pre-employment medical examination. In addition, candidate must pass a fingerprint-based Criminal History Record Check as mandated by 49 CFR 1542 to obtain and maintain an airport Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) Card with Airfield Movement Area Driving Privileges. Participation in the selection process does not guarantee an offer or a position Port Authority.

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package (subject to collective bargaining agreement) and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

Starting salary: $16.01 hourly (subject to collective bargaining agreement).

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and upload a resume. At the end of the online process, you should receive an acknowledgement of your online application submission. If you do not receive this, acknowledge your online application did not go through correctly and you must re-apply.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

The Aviation Department operates the agency's five airports (John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Teterboro (TEB), and Stewart International Airport (SWF). JFK International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia airports are all large hub commercial airports. Together, these five airports form one of the world's premiere air transportation systems


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.