Student Trainee (Meteorology), GS-1399-07 (PATH)

The National Weather Service (NWS), Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) is accepting application for a Student Trainee (Meteorology), GS-1399-07 (PATH).


Date posted

Sep. 21, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 2, 2020 12:00 am


Department of Commerce, NOAA


  • United States

Job description


Open & closing dates:  09/21/2020 to 10/02/2020


Service: Excepted
Pay scale & grade: GS 07
Salary: $48,670 to $63,267 per year
Appointment type :Internships
Work schedule: Multiple Schedules - The incumbent may work full time during school breaks and full- or part-time during the school year.



This position is located in the National Weather Service (NWS), Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI), Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) with two vacancies in Silver Spring, MD. 

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This is a student trainee position located within the National Weather Service (NWS), Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL). The MDL conducts and sponsors applied research and development for the improvement of diagnostic and prognostic weather information; data depiction and utilization; warning and forecast product preparation; and data and forecast evaluation. Projects involve modern physical, dynamical, and statistical techniques implemented on operational computers. Emphasis is placed on integrated suites of guidance and final products for Weather Forecast Offices, River Forecast Centers, and National Centers. The Laboratory collaborates with other laboratories and centers within and outside of NOAA and actively seeks to identify new techniques in response to NWS mission requirements. The Laboratory provides meteorological support to other elements of the Office of Science and Technology, as required.

The purpose of this position to provide the incumbent with training in a variety of meteorological duties designed to develop prerequisite background skills and experience in the field of meteorology. The incumbent will receive advanced on-the-job and formal training to provide experience in various NWS operations; familiarization with NWS programs, policies, and procedures; and an opportunity to perform progressively more responsible assignments as experience is gained.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Must sign a Pathways Programs Participant Agreement.
  • A minimum one year trial period will be required. 


Intern and Interns NTE must:
• Be accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a half-time to full-time basis (as determined by the educational institution);
• Meet the definition of a student throughout the duration of their appointments;
• Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the agency's Participant Agreement with the Intern and;
• Meet the qualification standards (e.g., series and grade) for position.

This position is being recruited with an opportunity for non-competitive conversion eligibility to a permanent OR term position upon completion of all program requirements. Conversion is not mandatory nor guaranteed (see Other Information).

*This position requires a Low Risk Security Clearance.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

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