Senior Meteorologist

Date:  Mar 25, 2024
Job ID:  4641
Location: 

Redmond, WA, US, 98052

Remote and Hybrid Work Opportunities:  In Office

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with top talented individuals like you!  With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.

 

PSE's Electric Operations team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Senior Meteorologist position!


Specific details regarding the work arrangements for this position will be discussed in further detail during the interview process.

Job Description

Analyzes and monitors weather forecasts and various models to provide operational weather data and reports that support operational decision-making during storm and critical fire weather conditions. Collaborates with Electric Operations teams, utilizing forecast information in conjunction with wildfire risk and outage modeling, to make recommendations for implementing operational protocols to reduce wildfire risk and improve response to storm conditions. Works with the energy supply function on short and long-term seasonal weather forecasts to optimize generation asset utilization and provide weather forecasting data to support energy procurement transactions.

Upholds the safety compliance standards inherent in PSE’s operating and/or field procedures related to work responsibilities. Promotes and supports a culture of total safety.

Demonstrates commitment to conduct business honestly, ethically and consistent with our core values and Code of Conduct.  Ensures duties are performed in accordance with all regulatory compliance obligations.

This job is considered “safety sensitive” as defined in RCW 49.44.240 and is subject to pre-employment drug screening that includes screening for the presence of marijuana and marijuana metabolites.

Job Responsibilities

  • Utilizes advanced meteorological tools and techniques to provide accurate and timely weather forecasts, with a particular emphasis on conditions that pose a risk to our operational activities. 
  • Prepares and disseminates operational weather reports. 
  • Supports and guides the development of real-time weather analysis dashboard tools and reports to ensure the efficient communication of evolving weather risks with operations teams.
  • Monitors and reports to upper management real-time and forecast weather conditions on a recurring basis during storm and critical fire weather events and major construction operational events.
  • Provides daily, short and long term seasonal weather forecasts to allow preparedness, and proactive resource availability in the case of pending severe weather. 
  • Maintains and enhances procedures for monitoring the company’s weather network and associated alerts, including the siting of new weather stations.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert for all storm and critical fire weather-related matters.
  • Works with the energy supply function on short and long term seasonal weather forecasts to optimize generation asset utilization. 
  • Provides weather forecasting data to support energy procurement transactions.
  • Utilizes wildfire and outage risk models in conjunction with weather forecasts to develop recommended operational protocols and actions.
  • Serves as a liaison between the National Weather Service and Puget Sound Energy.
  • Works closely with internal teams, external agencies, and meteorological organizations to gather and exchange relevant data, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of current and forecasted weather conditions and storm and critical fire weather risks.
  • Stays abreast of advancements in meteorological science, fire weather forecasting techniques, and risk modeling methodologies. Implements improvements to existing processes and contributes to the development of new strategies to enhance our storm and wildfire risk management capabilities.
  • Collaborates with local, state, and federal government agencies, universities, and other research groups to advance the science of Meteorology and develops new technologies and communication tools to promote safe, reliable operation of the electric distribution and transmission systems and renewable generation assets.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, Environmental Sciences, or related field.
  • Seven (7) years operational weather forecasting experience.
  • Mastery of theoretical meteorology, including the dynamics of the atmosphere, mesoscale meteorology, and the application of computer methods of numerical weather analysis and predication.
  • Advanced knowledge of fire weather concepts and fire weather forecasting techniques. 
  • Knowledge of meteorological processes, climatology, forecasting techniques, and weather modal analysis. 
  • Ability to translate highly technical meteorological concepts into non-technical terms. 
  • Effective time management skills and ability to deliver results in a face paced, dynamic environment. 
  • Results driven self-starter with the ability to establish goals and objectives, execute policy, and lead the development or implementation of a system, program, or process. 
  • Ability to take independent initiative and use discretion and sound judgment.  
  • Ability to review, analyze and recommend improvements to systems, processes and measures of performance. 
  • Ability to assess issues from multiple organizational and functional perspectives and discern an ideal proposal with more optimal results when appropriate. 
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential danger and communicate as required. 
  • Strong organizational abilities to oversee multiple and complex issues, and experience presenting complex topics to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data management skills, as well as general understanding of GIS techniques. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be proficient in the use of applications and tools (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.). 
  • 24/7 availability to support emergency operations and disasters.

Desired Qualifications

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Environmental Sciences, or related field.
  • Certified Consulting Meteorologist Certificate.
  • Fire behavior certifications.
  • Previous experience forecasting weather in the Pacific NW.
  • Experience processing meteorological data with programming languages.
  • Experience working in the natural gas or electric utility industry.

Additional Information

At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer a competitive compensation and rewards package.

 

The pay range for this position is $101,000.00 - $168,200.00, and this position is eligible for annual goals based incentive bonuses. 

 

PSE offers a suite of benefits to our employees. Employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision, basic life, and short- and long-term disability insurance.  There are additional voluntary options of supplemental life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent daycare, and an Employee assistance program (EAP).  For long term savings, PSE offers a 401(k) investment option and a cash balance retirement plan.  Employees will also receive Paid Time Off (PTO) and Paid Holidays throughout the calendar year. Detailed benefit overviews can be found on our Career page - Why Work For Us (pse.com). 

 

Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams. Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873. Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy. 

 

Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law.

 

Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at jobs@pse.com or 425-462-3017.


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