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


This position is in the Aviation Support Branch of the Aviation Weather Center, and is responsible for performing a wide range of assignments of considerable difficulty and complexity in forecasting, techniques development, or climatology that include one or more of the following:

  • Serves as a principal developer of forecast and warning guidance to support the operational mission of the Aviation Weather Center.
  •  Serves as staff specialist for one or more major product areas such as numerical weather prediction, ensemble systems, satellite meteorology, radar meteorology, verification, weather impacts on air traffic flow management, NextGen, etc.
  • Oversees the transfer of research and technology into operational environments.
  • Works with customers and partners at all levels to evaluate and improve research and forecast guidance packages. Makes recommendations to management for improvements.
  • Provides 24x7 technical support of operational computer systems such as AWIPS or NAWIPS.
  • Occasionally works rotating forecast shifts (up to about 20% of the time).

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
  • Travel may be required to attend occasional conferences, meeting and/or training

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are authorized for only status employees.