[ES_JOBS_NET] Weather and Avalanche Forecaster - Colorado Avalanche Information Center, State of Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sun Aug 2 11:27:08 MDT 2015


    Weather and Avalanche Forecaster - Colorado Avalanche Information Center



$5,055.00 - $7,398.00 Monthly


Boulder, CO

        Job Type

Part Time


Department of Natural Resources

        Job Number



8/14/2015 5:00 PM Mountain



    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
        are successful.
      * 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
        State system;
      * 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
        leave; and
      * 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
    development level.

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.


      * 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
        mountainous terrain
      * Must be willing and able to tolerate cold weather and wet or
        humid conditions
      * Must be willing and able to tolerate noise and vibration related
        to explosives.


      * 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.

    Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded
    employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire

    *Appeal Rights*
    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.

Supplemental Information

    *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
    technical issues.

    ~You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your
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