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Meteorologist

Meteorology | La Grande, OR | Part Time and Volunteer

Job Description

This is an on-going, open job application for a VOLUNTEER/INTERN meteorologist with the Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center.

The Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center in La Grande, Oregon is looking for a skilled meteorologist (weather forecaster) to join our non-profit organization. We provide fire, weather, avalanche products for the backcountry user. Our key products include our Wildfire Map, SnøStorm Dashboards, and Mountain Snø Forecasts. Find more about our products at www.fireweatheravalanche.org. We’re looking for a forecaster prepared to work in a fast-paced  environment, and be able to work remotely and demonstrate self-initiative. Depending on donations and revenue, a small stipend may be available to the forecaster.

Job Duties

  • Utilize different forecast models for various analyses
  • Issue regular weather forecasts for specific purposes and areas
  • Monitor weather conditions and prepare forecasts for large wildfire or winter incidents
  • Complete assigned courses from www.meted.ucar.edu, if assigned

Requirements

  • B.S., M.S., and/or Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or other meteorological-based area of study
  • Have a good attitude with dedication and support our social mission
  • Have knowledge of technology, including Google Docs, Mail, etc.
  • Be able to use proprietary software-as-a-service (SaaS)

Preferred

  • Experience with YouTube and Instagram
  • Completion of any or all American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses (www.avtraining.org)

Perks

  • Gaining experience weather forecasting for the public to build and/or enhance resume
  • Organization email address
  • Complete challenging forecasts in complex regions and geography
  • Being part of a new and growing organization

Who are we?

The Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center utilizes technology and recreation expertise to deliver accurate, useful, and scientific information to the backcountry user group, as well as the general public. Of significant importance to the products and services we provide is the easy-to-convey information for less-educated backcountry users and members of the public. It’s our goal to maintain and develop new products and services, contributing to public safety in the backcountry and risk mitigation, in regards to outdoor recreation promotion. More information available at https://www.fireweatheravalanche.org/about.