[ES_JOBS_NET] Weather and Avalanche Forecaster - Colorado Avalanche Information Center, State of Colorado
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Sun Aug 2 11:27:08 MDT 2015
Weather and Avalanche Forecaster - Colorado Avalanche Information Center
$5,055.00 - $7,398.00 Monthly
Department of Natural Resources
8/14/2015 5:00 PM Mountain
NOTE: THIS IS A PART-TIME POSITION THAT WORKS A LIMITED NUMBER OF
HOURS JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER AND MAY WORK FULL-TIME OCTOBER THROUGH
MAY. THIS POSITION IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME.
OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY
The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that
applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of
Colorado, unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel
Board. If the residency requirement has been waived for an announced
vacancy, it will be noted on the job announcement and applications
will be considered from individuals who are not residents of
Colorado. This announcement does not include a residency waiver.
If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference,
consider joining the dedicated people of theColorado Department of
Natural Resources (DNR)
<http://dnr.state.co.us/Pages/DNRDefault.aspx>. Our professionals
are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of
Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural
resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future
citizens and visitors.
Customer service is a key component for every position in state
government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the
delivery of services in making state government more:
* Effective. We are constantly measuring every aspect of
government to ensure a program is doing what it's supposed to be
doing and to looking at outcomes to judge whether our programs
* Efficient. We are committed to delivering services in ways that
are timely and effective including identifying waste and
duplication and measure for efficiency.
* Elegant. Our goal is to deliver state services in a way that
elevates both the state employee and the person receiving the
In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:
* Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the
* Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA
Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K
and 457 plans;
* Medical and dental health plans;
* Paid life insurance;
* Short and long term disability coverage;
* 10 paid holidays per year in addition to vacation and sick
* Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules,
training opportunities and more.
In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome
applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
This position is in the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which
exists to promote avalanche safety by reducing the impact of
avalanches on recreation, industry and transportation in the State
through a program of forecasting and education.
Description of Job
This position collects and analyzes weather and snow data to create
short-term spot weather forecasts to support the highway avalanche
forecasting program and to create backcountry avalanche forecasts
for public recreation; works with the Colorado Department of
Transportation's highway operations; and supports rescue and
avalanche safety groups. The position develops tools to increase the
efficiency and accuracy of the forecasting program including
modifying and maintaining numerical weather and snow pack forecast
models; developing statistical tools (such as regression trees) to
forecast snow and weather phenomena; utilizing the CAIC database to
create expert systems and neural networks for forecast applications;
and developing web-based data visualization software for numerical
model output and observational data. The position develops curricula
and technical courses on weather and snow and avalanche forecasting
which range from the backcountry awareness level to the professional
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
bachelor's degree in a physical science such as Physics,
Engineering, Meteorology, Physical Geography, Hydrology, or a
closely related field AND two years of professional avalanche
forecasting experience, which included at least one year of
experience developing and using web-based software; and using
weather and snow modeling systems.
_*NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS*_
* Must possess a current Wilderness First Responder certification
or be willing and able to obtain the certification
* Must be willing and able to work full-time as required
* Must be willing and able to work 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., as
* Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs of force
occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently
* Must be willing and able to obtain a Type I Explosive Permit
with an avalanche endorsement, which will require a background check
* Must be willing and able to work with explosives
* Must be willing and able to pass a background check for access
to the National Weather Service - Weather Forecast Office
* Must possess and maintain a valid state of Colorado driver's license
* Must be willing and able to travel within the state and
occasional out-of-state travel.
* Ability to travel in the backcountry during the winter
* Ability to travel on high very steep exposed portions of
* Must be willing and able to tolerate cold weather and wet or
* Must be willing and able to tolerate noise and vibration related
* Familiarity with atmospheric physics and dynamics
* Familiarity with snow physics and avalanche dynamics
* Experience with modern avalanche and weather forecasting techniques.
* Experience in technical writing
* Experience in education of people of all ages.
A combination of work experience in the occupational field or
specialized subject area of the work assigned to the job, which
provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in
the required education, may be substituted on a year-for year basis
for the bachelor's degree but not for the specific experience.
*_CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT_*
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded
employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from
consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing
an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director
within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative
analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel
Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of
notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and
Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more
information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board
Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are
available atwww.colorado.gov/spb <http://www.colorado.gov/spb>.
A standard appeal form is available at:www.colorado.gov/spb
<http://www.colorado.gov/spb>. If you appeal, your appeal must be
submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or
your representative, and received at the following address within 10
days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado
State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals
Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax:
303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these
appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
*NOTE: Applicants must submit both a detailed cover letter and
résumé at time of application.*
Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:
Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the
duties outlined in this job announcement.
Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple
areas outlined in this job announcement. Experience should be
varied and not one dimensional, and demonstrate progressively higher
level of responsibility with a wide range of customer service.
Job Fit – Experience will be evaluated to determine how well your
past experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this
position. Current experience is preferred.
Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired
and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness.
Part or all of the assessment for this position may include a review
of your application materials. Application materials will be
reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert
to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.
The materials may also be used to assess and rank applicants who
meet the minimum requirements; to identify a top group to proceed to
the next step in the assessment process; or establish an eligible
list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.
Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your
experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate
information or follow instructions by the deadline for application
may result in your application not being accepted for this position
and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any of the
steps in the assessment process and placement on the eligible list.
Toll–Free Applicant Support - Technical Help
If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g.
uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call
NEOGOV at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific
Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or
attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are
PDF or Microsoft Word files. Then close the document before you
attempt to upload (attach) it.
The Human Resources Office is not able to assist with these types of
~You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your
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