After a years-long wait the federal government has approved a request by Canyonlands Field Airport for Transportation Security Administration staffing — a move that will create a number of year-round jobs in Grand County.
According to airport director Judd Hill, the decision, which was announced on Monday, Nov. 13, calls for TSA personnel at the airport. Hill said that Utah Federal Security Director Mark Lewis informed him of the government’s approval.
“Mark Lewis, the Federal Security Director for the state ... has informed me that our request for TSA, which we started two years ago, has been formally approved,” Hill said. “This will create 8-10 year-round jobs and facilitate commercial jet traffic at [the airport.]”
The granting of the TSA staffing request comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) selecting SkyWest Airlines to contract for essential air service (EAS) in Moab and Vernal, according to an order released on Friday, Aug. 24.
Boutique Air, the current EAS provider at Canyonlands Field, also submitted a bid for the contract, which would run through 2020. The Grand County Council voted unanimously Aug. 1 to recommend SkyWest after the airport board endorsed the idea of a new carrier.
Hill added that the airport would make an announcement in coming weeks about when people interested in the TSA jobs can apply online — and thanked legislators at the federal level for their assistance in getting the TSA authorization.
“It takes awhile to apply for a security job with the TSA, so we want people to know about this as early as possible,” Hill said. “I really want to show some thanks to Senator Mike Lee and Senator Orrin Hatch for helping us get this done. They really helped out in Washington D.C.”
When the announcement of the openings at TSA is made, anyone interested should go to usajobs.com for more information.