Job Overview


Science, Service, and Stewardship

The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce

Our headquarters office for the National Weather Service (NWS) is located in Silver Spring, MD with regional headquarters located in Kansas City, Mo.; Bohemia, N.Y.; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Anchorage, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii. With some 5,000 employees in 122 weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast centers, 9 national centers, and other support offices around the country, NWS provides a national infrastructure to gather and process data worldwide.  Each year, NWS collects some 76 billion observations and issues approximately 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000 warnings.  Visit us at

Salary includes 24.695 locality.  Pay will also include non-taxed 5.57% COLA.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement or, if they become available. 


  • Provides expert analyses and forecasts of pack and shore-fast sea ice in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions and expert analyses and forecasts of Sea Surface temperatures in the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean.
  • Evaluates and integrates applied research into an operational meteorological sea ice environment.
  • Provides expert briefings for other scientists, NOAA management, marine customers, and other managers outside the organization.
  • Participates in related scientific, technical and management conferences and workshops.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other scientists, and scientific groups, and other entities both inside and outside the organization such as the National Ice Center and the Canadian Ice Service. Must work effectively with a diverse customer group including indigenous populations in remote areas.
  • Contacts users to determine the effectiveness of NWS products and dissemination methods and to recommend changes or additional products; and-
  • Work rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays, with the WFO/NSC in continuous operations 24 hours, seven days a week.
  • Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. The handbook is available on OPM's website

    Travel Required

    • Occasional Travel
    • Occasional travel may be required.

    Relocation Authorized

    • Yes
    • Relocation expenses are authorized for only status candidates.