National Weather Service Pittsburgh Student Volunteer Program – Summer 2014

Have the opportunity to experience what a career in the National Weather Service entails!

National Weather Service Pittsburgh Student Volunteer Program – Summer 2014

Have the opportunity to experience what a career in the National Weather Service entails!
 
What will you do during your volunteer (unpaid) time?

  • Gain familiarity with the forecast process for routine NWS public, river and aviation forecasts
  • Complete and present an operationally-oriented project focused on local area research
  • Apply classroom learning in an operational forecast setting
  • Learn how to launch/conduct upper-air radiosonde observations
  • Experience real-time severe weather operations at a forecast office
  • Participate in external outreach – activities could include visiting a cooperative observation site, accompanying forecasters on a storm survey, staffing a NWS booth at local events

 
What types of (dedicated) students are we looking for?

  • College students who are meteorology majors
    • Rising juniors and seniors will be given preference, but rising sophomores and graduate students also will be considered
    • Students who are interested in a NWS career
  • Students with flexible schedules
    • Volunteer shifts will be completed on weekdays
    • Volunteers will be expected to work 2–3 shifts per week

What does the application process involve?   

  • Applicants will be required to submit a resumé, transcript (official or unofficial), application form and a brief cover letter that describes their motivation for applying
  • Applications will be screened by NWS staff, with interviews for the top applicants

How do I submit an application?

  • The application form can be obtained by email request or on our webpage at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/pbz/studentvolunteer/StudentVolunteer.htm
  • Email your materials to matthew.kramar@noaa.gov, or mail your application materials to Student Volunteer Team c/o NWS Pittsburgh, 192 Shafer Rd, Moon Township, PA, 15108
  • Applications are due Mar 1.  Interviews will take place during mid-March
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of March

Questions can be sent to Matthew Kramar, Science & Operations Officer at matthew.kramar@noaa.gov.
                                             
Participation in this program neither guarantees nor requires a future job in the National Weather Service.

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