Job Overview


Your Career Forecast is Sunny and Bright with the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service (NWS), the world's preeminent weather and atmospheric sciences organization, offers you an opportunity to help protect American lives and property. Since 1870, the NWS has served the public by providing forecasts and hazardous weather warnings while studying the most dynamic forces of nature. Contribute your talents to this tradition. The National Weather Service...Working together to save lives.

This position will be located in the National Weather Service (NWS), Alaska Region, Weather Forecast Office in Fairbanks, AK. For more information about the Alaska Regional Headquarters please see:

This position is also being advertised as a Meteorologist (Intern), GS-1340-5/7/9 under announcement number NWS-AR-2013-0017 (open to status candidates) AND AS A Meteorological Technician (HMT) GS-1341-11under announcement number NWS-AR-2013-0019 (open to current National Weather Service employees and DOC CTAP only).  You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

Salary includes Locality 24.69% and non-Federal taxed Alaska COLA 5.57%.

Salary ranges:

GS-05 $34,204 - $44,461

GS-07 $42,368 - $55,083

GS-09 $51,825 - $67,368

Partial relocation expenses are  authorized. 

A one year probationary period may be required.

This is a bargaining unit position.  


The individual selected for this position will serve as an intern;

  • working rotating shifts and participating in the full range of WFO programs and functions to acquire on-the-job experience necessary for advancement.
  • The forecast program includes:
  • Training in hydrometeorological forecasts including public, aviation, fire weather, flood, and marine forecasts products.
  • Participates in the watch/warning program and assists in issuing severe weather and flood related products.
  • Provides public service and other briefings as required.
  • Receives instruction in the interpretation of the WSD-88D products and provide oversight and operate radar to ascertain the types of echoes, and associated hydrometeorological parameters including macroscale, mesoscale, and microscale features.
  • Participates in the observation program, including upper air and surface programs.
  • Operates AWIPS and other communication systems to interpret and analyze model and other data sets.
  • Prepares various hydrometeorological observations, and assist with preparation of forecasts, and warning products for distribution to customers and other users.
  • Operates NOAA Weather Radio and other dissemination systems.