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Forest Service Meteorological Technician in Seattle, Washington


This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Meteorological Technician on a Forest Service unit. The incumbent provides avalanche forecasts to the general public, utilizing multiple sources of information. In addition, information and guidance is shared with other Forest Service employees, and mountain weather education sessions are provided to schools, professional groups, and others, upon request.


Incumbent uses data obtained through multiple sources to update avalanche conditions and issues written and verbal avalanche forecasts for the local Avalanche Center and other system network services.

Interprets and evaluates raw data which is critical to issuing accurate and regularly scheduled forecasts and emergency advisories.

Inspects and performs routine user level maintenance and services on various weather equipment and instruments.

Observes weather and atmospheric conditions, records and interprets meteorological data, transmits and reports on recorded information, and provides meteorological information and advice to the general public through the Avalanche Center.

Uses judgment when interpreting raw avalanche data. Issues avalanche warnings when criteria are met, and terminates such avalanche warnings when expired.

Uses accepted observation procedures as well as standard practices modified to meet the relevant conditions to provide current advisories.

Practices mountain and avalanche safety measures while collecting data in high-elevation and avalanche prone terrain.

Maintains automated data on computer systems which contain historical mountain weather information. Uses these systems to communicate with others regarding weather data and to improve forecasting methods.

Provides training and guidance on avalanches and avalanche related work.


Conditions of Employment


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. GS-08: (1) One year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is defined as one or more of the following: Expert ability to ski and snowmobile in a backcountry setting (outside of ski area boundaries), proven ability to effectively and safely travel in and around avalanche terrain, and the ability to read snowpack, weather and avalanche trends in a field setting. Advanced skills, experience and confidence in companion avalanche rescue scenarios. Proven experience forecasting mountain weather and avalanche conditions. Experience conducting and presenting contemporary snow and avalanche research. AND Applicant must have the ability to safely and efficiently navigate mountainous terrain in a harsh winter environment using backcountry skis and snowmobiles. For the GS-08 there is no substitution of education for this position. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2021 Temporary Employment Hiring season. This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or lack of funds. The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Salary range as shown is the locality pay Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary by location. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on pay rates. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligible must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered. If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay. This position is not eligible for telework.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.

Availability of government housing and federal day care facilities will vary by location.