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This position will be filled under the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority and is open to all United States citizens and U.S. nationals. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply. All qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration for this position. To learn more about Direct-Hire authority, go to: OPM.GOV Hiring Information: Direct Hire Fact Sheet
Serves as the Fire Weather Meteorologist for the wildland fire agencies Southern Geographic Area for the express purpose of ensuring the continued availability and adequacy of a viable fire weather program. Ensures state-of-the-art meteorological and climatological science is being utilized in the geographic area. In so doing, the incumbent manages, plans, organizes and directs the fire weather program within the geographic area for the federal and state wildland agencies.
Develops interagency program direction for fire weather products, tropical forecasts and services and monitoring systems sufficient to establish baseline information to improve fire weather and tropical weather decision support.
In partnership with state meteorologists, provides expert advice and consultation to the Geographic Area Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group concerning fire weather issues. The Geographic Area MAC group is comprised of the fire directors representing the various land management agencies.
Reviews and determines adherence to regulations and instructions included in operational plans, monitors the condition, adequacy and viability of weather data collection equipment, systems, and personnel.
Responsible for the management of the weather data collection network for federal and state wildland fire agencies in the geographic area.
Serves as liaison between the federal wildland fire agencies in each geographic area and the providers of weather and climatological services including the NWS, private weather vendors, and wildland fire agency meteorologists.
Maintains a collaborative working relationship with state meteorologists to coordinate program services, operations, tech transfer, and applied research.
Provides meteorological expertise on accident/incident investigations as necessary.
Predictive Services Operations
Monitors and advises federal and state wildland fire agencies on quality control activities for the express purpose of ensuring the integrity of all weather observations provided by and for the wildland fire agencies including wildland fire agency owned automated weather stations (RAWS, REMS, etc.).
Monitors and evaluates the quality of all fire weather services. This includes monitoring compliance with the national NWS Fire Weather Transition Framework and other Regional and Local Plans. Close and continuous communications with all wildland fire users are needed in order to assess NWS fire weather program effectiveness.
Serves as focal point for federal wildland fire agencies as agreed upon with the NWS and other service providers in order to resolve issues and concerns which local users are unable to resolve. Monitors and evaluates advances in atmospheric and climatological science and technology in order to coordinate with state meteorologists its applicability to the interagency wildland fire program in the geographic area.
Serves as technical advisor for the weather component of the GACCs Predictive Service Section which provides projections and predictions to prepare for uncertain outcomes and impacts from wildland and prescribed fire.
When on operational duty, the incumbent will monitor atmospheric conditions in the geographic area in particular and in other geographic areas as necessary, and incorporate atmospheric assessments and projections into Predictive Services.
In conjunction with fire management specialists in the GACC, fully integrates meteorological and climatological information into value-added products which complement and are coordinated with those provided by NWS and state meteorologists to enhance short and long-range assessments and projections.
Insure preparation and delivery of various GACC weather and climatological products and services including meteorological and climatological discussions, projection summaries and reports, both routine and non-routine to augment those supplied by the NWS or other weather information providers.
Technology Transfer and Applied Research
Conducts and stays abreast of fire weather research involving, for example, historical weather, climate patterns, and other related parameters to advance understanding and knowledge of conditions that produce above, average, and below average fire danger conditions within the GACC area of responsibility
As part of the operational support responsibility, produces tailored seasonal Atlantic tropical outlooks for the geographic area, monitors and advises on potential storm development, and as directed, produce tailored impact summaries. Conducts briefings on tropical systems and potential impacts for a wide group of stakeholders from emergency responders to Department level.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel 25% for this position.
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