- Applicants currently occupying a 1340 series position in the
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and applying under
competitive merit promotion procedures are covered under the
"Exception" clause and DO NOT need to submit transcripts.
This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS),
Alaska Region (AR), Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU) with one
vacancy in Anchorage, AK.
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As a Lead Forecaster, you will perform the following duties:
- Serve as a senior forecaster responsible for the quality and
timeliness of all warning and forecast products prepared and issued
by the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU) shift staff.
- Conduct a weather watch which involves interpretation of
Doppler radar data and satellite imagery, and the analysis of other
- Serve as the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center forecaster in
operations to issue special advisories to aviation interests
regarding airborne analysis and forecast of volcanic ash.
- Lead or participate in the conduct of local studies and
developmental projects designed to capitalize on or incorporate the
benefits of new science, technology, or local techniques into AAWU
Occasional travel - Up to 10% of domestic travel may be
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint
- Must be suitable for Federal employment.
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
- Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of
This position requires a Public Trust (Moderate Risk) Security
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
- This position is in the bargaining unit.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is generally sedentary, although
there is considerable moving about among various desks and
equipment. Routine duties require meeting tight deadlines. During
periods of threatening weather or rapidly changing weather
conditions, the increase in workload and the necessity for rapid
dissemination of weather warnings and updates requires periods of
acute mental alertness and produces considerable mental stress.
Adverse weather conditions often require the senior forecaster to
work hours longer than the usual shift, adding to mental and
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYEMENT: Working on rotating shifts is
routinely required with the AAWU in operation 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education,
submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses
detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101,
math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade
earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a
foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with
your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at
the initial phase of the application process. If course content
cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed
on your transcript, you must submit an official course description
from the college/university that reflects the content at the time
the course was taken.
Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful
completion of degree, or college course work. An official college
transcript will be required before you can report to duty.
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a
complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the
closing date of this announcement.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are
based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal
qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office
of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education
Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized
Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR
combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally
qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application
package. You MUST meet the following requirements:
A. Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural
science major that included:
- At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in
meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:
a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and
b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather
c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and
d. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or
Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that
includes laboratory sessions.*
Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations.*
- At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a
physical science major in any combination of three or more of the
following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical
oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy,
advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light
and optics, and computer science.
- There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course
work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and
differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a
physical science major.
B. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown
in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of
specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility
to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized
experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the
particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to
successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience
need not have been in the federal government.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace
Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations e.g., professional;
philanthropic, religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies; knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To qualify at the GS-13 level:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic
Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52
weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the
Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the
- Coordinating aviation weather forecasting and warning
- Providing meteorological advice to aviation personnel.
Substitution of education for specialized experience is not
applicable to this vacancy.