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Professional Development Officer -- Civil Air Patrol: United States Air Force Auxiliary

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The Vermont Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is looking for Professional Development Officers and Assistant Professional Development Officers to become part of our volunteer , non-profit organization, chartered by Congress as the United States Air Force Auxiliary.

Do you have a desire to volunteer and serve your community a few days a month? Do you have an interest in becoming part of a Search & Rescue organization that saves numerous lives every year throughout the United States? As a volunteer with CAP you can participate in Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX’s); and disaster relief efforts as part of the Auxiliary to the United States Air Force. Our organization also coordinates and works with other disaster relief and governmental organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security, DoD, FEMA and Vermont Emergency Management.

Professional Development Officers and Assistant Professional Development Officers perform the following duties:

  • Manage and direct the CAP professional development program.
  • Create a positive unit training environment where CAP’s adult members can develop their required skills in a comfortable, professional atmosphere.
  • Provide adult members an awareness of training materials and opportunities available to them through CAP and other sources to prepare them to perform operational missions, staff assignments and other assigned duties.
  • Encourage and assist adult members to take advantage of all appropriate training.
  • Help ensure that CAP provides the best quality training with sufficient availability to support CAP's missions
  • Apply all directives applicable to professional development programs as necessary.
  • Comprehend the structure of the CAP professional development program and its component programs, activities and events.
  • Ensure quick and easy access to applicable forms, directives and instructions.
  • Maintain a unit training library.
  • Assist unit members in proper completion and processing of forms if needed.
  • Maintain unit training records regarding professional development activities.
  • Assure proper test administration and security for the unit’s adult members.
  • Correctly prepare documentation in support of training awards for the commander’s review.
  • Submit applications for awards, ensure they are processed in a timely fashion and presented appropriately.
  • Coordinate member training accomplishments with other members of the staff.

If you’re up for the task, CAP offers non-military citizens stimulating training opportunities few people outside of the military can experience. Our volunteer members continuously train to acquire the life-saving and Emergency Services skills necessary to assist Federal and State humanitarian agencies, Emergency Management agencies for when disasters strike, and to participate in search and rescue missions.

The following local squadrons are in need of Professional Development Officers and Assistant Professional Development Officers and are constantly training and preparing their members for the skills necessary to provide Emergency Services to the public in a time of need:

  • The Burlington Senior Squadron: This Squadron generally meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 355 Valley Road, South Burlington, VT 05403. Contact: Peter Slocombe at The meeting is at our Head Quarters at the end of Valley Road on the second floor of the Hangar also used by the Vermont Flight Academy. Our door is the left-hand entrance. It is kept locked; you must ring the bell or call the number on the door. (Someone will come down and let you in.)
  • The Capital Composite Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the CAP hangar at the Knapp State Airport in Barre, 2081 Airport Road Berlin Barre, VT. Contact: Richard Beach at 802-595-3793 or
  • The Rutland Composite Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Rutland Airport, 1002 Airport Road, CAP Emergency Operations Center, North Clarendon, VT. Contact: Alan Colvin at 518-538-3761 or
  • The Southern Vermont Senior Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at the Bennington Airport, 1563 Walloomsac Road, Bennington, VT. Contact: Arthur Doxsee at 802-345-3998 or

While the central purpose of this ad is to find Professional Development Officers and Assistant Professional Development Officers, the focus of our efforts are in the training and preparation of Aircrew and Ground Team Members for the Vermont Wing. As such, there are numerous roles available to non-flying members, such as radio communications, logistics, planning, and mission staff participation.

We invite and welcome you to be a guest at one of our regular squadron meetings. One of our members will give you a tour of the facility before or after the meeting. You will also have a chance to meet some of our members who will discuss the organization and provide you with valuable information, as well as answer any questions you might have about CAP.


  • Strong organizational skills, people and communication skills.
  • Aged 18 or older.
  • Willingness to become a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Enthusiasm for community service.

Veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to join.




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355 Valley Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403, US

Mission Statement

Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power. It is a strategic partner of the Air Force, serving as a member of its Total Force. CAP has three primary missions -- Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education performed by over 62,000 members. Visit for more info. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. CAP performs services for the federal government as the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and performs other missions as a nonprofit organization. CAP is made up 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia). The Vermont Wing executes CAP missions primarily in Vermont, and adjacent states, but members can go anywhere in the nation to serve on CAP missions such as hurricane response or cadet encampments.


The Vermont Wing offers exciting opportunities to individuals of all ages. We are headquartered in South Burlington with squadrons in Springfield, Rutland, Bennington, Montpelier, and South Burlington. Some squadrons have only senior members (ages 18 +), while others are composite with cadet members (ages 12 - 21) along with senior members who train and mentor cadets.

  • We supported Vermont Air National Guard providing airborne communications relays and targets for the jet pilots to train in intercepting low- and slow-flying aircraft.
  • Conducted four searches for overdue airplanes, coordinating aircraft and ground crews.
  • Participated in a large search and rescue and communications training exercise with the Vermont State Police Ground Team.
  • Provided aerospace and STEM education in state technology education centers, elementary, middle and high school campuses.
  • Our cadets benefited from powered and glider orientation flights. They participated in Wreaths Across America observations to honor the nation’s fallen patriots, and provided color party at parades, Lake Monster games, and more.


Disaster Relief
Community, Disaster Relief


We'll work with your schedule.


At your nearest squadron:Bennington, Springfield,Rutland, Montpelier, orSouth Burlington, VT 05403



  • Performance Management
  • Human Resources Training & Development
  • Professional Development


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two or more days per month.
  • Senior members must present government issued identification, and be fingerprinted.

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