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Bonneville Power Administration Meteorologist in Portland, Oregon


This position is located in Streamflow Forecasting organization, Power and Operations Planning (PGP), Generation Asset Management (PG), Power Services (P), Bonneville Power Administration.

A successful candidate in this position will provide daily, weekly, and intra-annual weather forecasts for the continental United States, with emphasis on the Columbia River Basin and adjoining States and provinces (California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and British Columbia).


As a Meteorologist, you will: Exercise wide latitude and independent judgment in preparing and issuing daily weather forecasts for the Columbia River Basin as well as delivering briefings for BPA planning staff.

Issue timely products and severe weather warnings to Transmission system dispatchers, line maintenance staff, administrative staff, and continuity of operations personnel responsible for personnel and installation safety throughout BPA.

Lead and conduct the development, coordination, and production of special meteorological and research studies for a wide variety of BPA business functions.

Serve as the meteorological subject matter expert in weekly FCRPS project operator briefings, in coordination briefings with BC Hydro (the Canadian Entity of the Columbia River Treaty) and in other calls or meetings with power service planning groups and power marketers to provide customized weather briefings specific to their needs and situation.

As senior level expert,be responsible for BPA’s LINUX-based weather forecast system development and implementation.

Serve as a subject matter expert and program manager for one or more major PGPW product or service area.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

Hiring incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate based on budget availability and in accordance with federal regulations.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page,Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer all of these questions completely and truthfully.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.

Because PGPW forecast functions are an Essential Support Activity (ESA) for critical BPA business functions, the incumbent is required to report on their work availability in the event of a Continuity Event, and may be required to temporarily relocate to alternate work facilities.



Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included:At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics;Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale);Three semester hours of physical meteorology; andTwo semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation.Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions.Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations.At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physicaloceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science. There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate fora physical science major.orCombination of education and experience ‐‐ course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSA qualified candidate's resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience using a comprehensive, substantive set of skills in the field of meteorology for operational weather forecasting, meteorological forecasting system development and implementation, and meteorological computer science to develop and prepare daily, weekly, and intra-annual weather forecasts."

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 level.

Your resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies (KSACs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your resume how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSACs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. Capacity Management - Knowledge of the principles and methods for monitoring, estimating, or reporting actual performance or the performance of capability of information systems or components.

Hydrology - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods related to the magnitude, distribution, and quality of water resources including watershed management, climatology, geomorphology, groundwater hydrology, water quality, water resource management, and groundwater/surface water interactions.

Mathematical Reasoning - Solves practical problems by choosing appropriately from a variety of mathematical and statistical techniques.

Meteorology -Knowledge of forecasting and research into the conditions and phenomena of the atmosphere; the collection, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of meteorological data to predict weather and determine climatological conditions; application of meteorological theory, forecasting methods, and techniques.

Research -Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.

Speaking - Uses correct English grammar to organize and communicate ideas in words that are appropriate to listeners and situations; uses body language appropriately. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


This vacancy has a positive education requirement. In order to be rated as qualified, you must provide copies of your college transcripts.Failure to provide copies of your college transcripts may result in a rating of "Ineligible".

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. EEO Policy: Accommodation Policy: Information: Service Registration:

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We also understand the importance of work/life balance and offer a variety of programs and policies designed to create more flexible, responsive work environments supportive of commitments to community, home and family members. BPA also supports employees’ overall wellness through its Be Well program, which helps employees adopt healthier lifestyles and feel better about their work/life balance. The program supports five key areas of life: career, community, financial, physical and social.