Expert, Fire Weather Meteorologist (Flexible Location)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is looking for an expert fire weather meteorologist with a strong background in fire weather forecasting and/or fire weather and fuel concepts.


Date posted

July 15, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Aug. 15, 2020 12:00 am


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)


  • United States

Job description

San Ramon, CA, US, 94583
Requisition ID # 41101 
Job Category : Engineering / Science 
Job Level : Individual Contributor
Business Unit: Electric Operations
Job Location : San Francisco; San Ramon 

Department Overview:

PG&E’s Meteorology Operations and Analytics team is one of the most impactful at the company, providing support across all aspects of PG&E’s utility operations through advanced modeling and monitoring capabilities. Our modelling program includes high resolution weather forecasting, utility fire risk forecasting, outage and storm forecasting, solar forecasting, electric and gas load forecasting, and hydro forecasting. The team has deployed a utility-mesonet with more than 600 weather stations, deployed over 125 high-resolution “Alert Wildfire” cameras and developed a fire detection and alert system using geosynchronous and polar-orbiting satellites. The team constructed an hourly 30-year high-resolution down-scaled climatology of weather and fuel models, operates a high-resolution weather-fuels coupled forecast model, and leverages fire spread and consequence simulations of >70 million fires igniting near overhead utility infrastructure daily.  

For more, please see this overview video of the weather station and camera projects and the Wildfire Safety Operations Center: 

Position Summary: 

We are looking for an expert fire weather meteorologist with a strong background in fire weather forecasting and/or fire weather and fuel concepts.  You will support operational fire weather forecasting as well as lead large projects to develop, deploy and improve operational fire potential forecasting methods and models.  You will have a unique opportunity to help guide and lead projects that improve operational decision-making during storm and fire weather events.  This role offers high-impact opportunities in the company and for communities we serve.  In this role you will work as part of cross functional teams, including other meteorologists in and outside the company, data scientists, project and product managers, leadership, and subject matter experts to develop data driven solutions. 

This position offers a flexible work location, preferably in San Ramon or San Francisco. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Masters or above degree in Meteorology, Fire Science or related discipline + 7 years academic and/or job-related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in meteorology, Fire Science or related discipline + 9 years academic and job-related experience
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Deep Knowledge of fire weather concepts and fire danger modeling techniques

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