[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Science Researcher/Scientist II - Lead Avalanche Forecaster, Boulder, CO
christin at ucar.edu
Sat Sep 19 08:06:26 MDT 2015
Physical Science Researcher/Scientist II - Lead Avalanche Forecaster*
State of Colorado-Boulder, CO
$5,055 - $7,398 a month
There are two Lead Avalanche Forecaster positions. The positions are
part of a reorganization of the CAIC. Previously the director and deputy
director were the only positions that could perform administrative tasks
and provide supervision to permanent and season staff. These positions
will be part of a mid-level management group. The positions will act as
coordinators and leads over program staff, developing daily work plans,
allocating resources to achieve work plans, providing guidance and
oversight for operational and administrative decisions. The director
will retain formal supervisor duties, fiscal control, and timesheet
These positions will work full-time during the operational season and
part-time during the non-operational portion of the year. The positions
perform three main functions: 1) work leader for forecasting operations;
2) avalanche forecaster for backcountry and highway program; 3) Snow,
weather, and avalanche education instructor.
# Operations Work Leader – This includes being the first point of contact
for administrative and operation questions. Administrative duties
include being the first point of contact for staff on State and Center
policies, procedures, and interactions with outside groups. The
positions will communicate with other state agencies, federal agencies,
local governments, and search and rescue groups to provide services and
coordinate operations. Operational duties include developing research
plans that comprised of 1) formulating and stating a hypothesis, 2)
developing a data collection schema that will allow the hypothesis to be
tested 3) accounting for Type I and Type II errors in the test of the
hypothesis, 4) describe the results of the study in written reports. The
positions will analysis these data to accept or reject their hypothesis
and account for potential errors (Type I and II) in that analysis as
then report the results.
# Avalanche Forecaster – The positions will work independently and within
a group to collect and analyze weather and snow data. This includes both
office and field work. Office work includes analyzing snowpack and
avalanche data to determine the character, size, time, and probability
of future avalanches. Working in a group and independently this position
will create hypotheses and a data collection schema that will allow
those hypotheses to be tested. Field work includes implementing the data
collection plan. Subsequent data analysis will be used to create public
safety products for highway avalanche and backcountry avalanche
programs. The field duties also include working with CDOT on highway
operations, and supporting rescue and avalanche safety groups.
# Educator – These positions will develop curricula and tech courses on
weather and snow and avalanche forecasting. These courses range from the
backcountry awareness level to the professional development level.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal
*ONLY CURRENT, CLASSIFIED, PERMANENT EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
NATURAL RESOURCES ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THESE POSITIONS.*
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.....
*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 to work early mornings, weekends,
and holidays as needed.
* 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
* Ability to travel in the backcountry during the winter
* Ability to travel on high very steep exposed portions of mountainous
* Must be willing and able to tolerate cold weather and wet or humid
* Must be willing and able to tolerate noise and vibration related to
* 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 as a supervisor or work leader
* 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.
It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed
below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum
qualifications. However, 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
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 at
A standard appeal form is available at: 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.
Leadership – Excellent leadership, supervisory and team building skills.
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. If you are notified that
you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you will be given two
business days from the date of the notification to submit an addendum in
order to attempt to resolve the matter. It is recommended that you
submit the addendum or contact the Human Resources Specialist listed
below immediately to resolve issues related to your possession of
Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the
assessment process may consist of a structured application review.
Utilizing your application, résumé and cover letter, the review would be
a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies and job
duties in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and
breadth of experience and job fit. It is imperative that you provide
adequate detail on your application, résumé and cover letter to describe
how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this 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.
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