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Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at the NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

The National Weather Service (NWS) makes observations and measurements of atmospheric phenomena as required for meteorological and climatological services.  The NWS develops and distributes forecasts of weather and climate conditions and warnings of severe storms and other adverse weather conditions for protection of life and property.  It collects and disseminates weather and climatic information.  The NWS operates the climatological field program.  It maintains continuous watch over river stages and those weather conditions which produce floods; provides warnings of impending floods; furnishes regular forecasts of over flow and stage as well as seasonal water supply; and participates with other Federal agencies in hydro-meteorological investigations for overall planning and development for water resources. 
The NWS makes observations and measurements of ocean conditions as required by marine interests.  It develops and distributes forecasts and warnings of waves, tsunamis and other ocean conditions for protection of life and property and efficiency of marine operations.  The NWS collects and disseminates ocean information.  It develops the national meteorological, climatological, hydrologic, and oceanic service systems as well as improved procedures/techniques and meteorological, hydrologic, and oceanic measurements/forecasts and their dissemination.  The NWS develops techniques for the application of climatological data to meet user requirements.


This Senior Executive Service position is located in the Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL), in the Office of Science & Technology (OST), National Weather Service (NWS).  The MDL conducts and sponsors applied research and development aimed at improvement of diagnostic and prognostic weather information intended to be used as guidance in making official weather forecasts, and carries out studies for the general improvement of prediction methodology used by the National Weather Service.  The incumbent has full responsibility for the following essential organizational functions:

  • Directs the applied research effort of the MDL in developing and implementing new and improved methods of weather forecasting and analysis. 
  • Collaborates with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, the Environmental Research Laboratories, NWS Regional offices, and other components of NOAA in utilizing the results of basic research for the development of new computer applications, especially for user-oriented weather analysis, prognosis, and data interpretation.
  • Directs a program to test and evaluate the techniques developed within the Laboratory.  This involves the establishment of evaluation criteria and tolerances, and the design of experimental operational environments through physical or theoretical testing techniques. 
  • Makes results of the Laboratory program known to the scientific community through seminars, reports, papers, speeches, and other professional activity.  Collaborates with other agencies of the Government in arranging, performing, and reporting cooperative research activities. 
  • Reports the development of a local forecast applications program for the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS).  

Travel Required

  • Not Required