Location: Boulder, CO.
Type: Full time, exempt.
Position Term: Regular, no term.
Application Deadline: This position will be posted until Friday, July 30th.
Relocation: Relocation assistance is available for this position.
Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.
Level II Hiring Range $63,113 $78,891
Full Salary Range $63,113 $78,891 $102,558
Level III Hiring Range $78,406 $98,008
Full Salary Range $78,406 $98,008 $127,410
Benefits: UCAR affirms its continuing commitment to developing, providing, and administering its employee benefit programs with due consideration for equal employment opportunity and diversity guidelines. UCAR’s rich package of employee benefits includes medical, dental, vision, education assistance, retirement, and life insurance. UCAR offers a variety of programs designed to assist with work-life balance including flexible work alternatives, paid time off and 14 weeks of paid parental leave.Where You Will Work:
The COMET® Program is a world-wide leader in support of education and training for the environmental sciences, delivering scientifically relevant and instructionally progressive products and services. More recently, the program has expanded its international capacity development to improve rural and remote communication and collection of meteorological information in developing countries.
What You Need:
Provides scientific expertise to develop and deliver meteorological and Earth-system-science-related training (including synchronous and asynchronous e-learning, and virtual and in-person courses/workshops) within one or more content areas: hydrometeorology, operational meteorology, NWP (numerical weather prediction), climate prediction, hydrology, remote sensing, or Earth system science.
Associate Scientist II
- Plans and develops hydrometeorology, meteorology and atmospheric science content for e-learning materials, including creating lesson scripts, contributing to conceptual visualizations, and identifying and processing case study examples independently and/or in collaboration with other project team members so that lessons are of the highest scientific and technical quality and soundness. Serves as scientific subject matter expert where appropriate.
- Coordinates and/or teaches courses in topics such as hydrometeorology, mesoscale meteorology, and climate or water science, working directly with co-lead instructors, subject matter experts, and sponsor representatives in developing course content and schedules. May also serve as lecturer and case study laboratory leader for hydrometeorology and other courses as needed.
- Participates and/or co-leads project development team, which includes maintaining budget, project scope, and production schedule, serving as a staff meteorologist and working collaboratively with other team members and external subject matter experts.
- Identifies, collects, manipulates, and reviews case study data for distance learning lessons and courses.
- Conducts scientific and operational quality assurance of distance learning lessons so that the products are of the highest scientific and technical quality.
- Represents the COMET Program and/or UCAR in scientific and educational outreach activities at professional meetings and conferences.
Associate Scientist III, in addition to Associate Scientist II duties
- Develops and maintains working relationships with clients and sponsoring agencies, including writing proposals and statements of work to secure project funding.
- Leads project development teams, which includes developing schedules, serving as a lead meteorologist, organizing and communicating with team members, and documenting training needs, where appropriate.
Associate Scientist II: none
Associate Scientist III: may supervise other associate scientists, student assistants, or technical staff.
DECISION MAKING & PROBLEM SOLVING
- Interacts with clients under general guidance of program leads and/or senior managers
- Works under the direction of the COMET program management group with regard to policy and commitment of COMET resources
- Works with COMET program leads and implementation manager to coordinate project budget, scope and schedule and to resolve issues that arise in these areas
- Works with internal COMET staff, external sponsors and/or subject matter experts to identify scientific and technical needs to ensure scientific robustness of COMET training materials
- Identifies and makes recommendations to program leads and senior managers to resolve project problems or client issues
- Associate Scientist II: Solves routine problems encountered in developing scientific and technical content for training assets and courses, with guidance and collaboration from other staff
- Associate Scientist III: Solves routine or difficult problems related to scientific content issues and project management, with minimal input and supervision, often in collaboration with other internal or external contributors
What You Need:
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Associate Scientist II: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic discipline (meteorology, hydrometeorology, atmospheric science or related scientific field) plus with minimum two to three years’ experience designing, developing, and/or teaching scientific content or on assignments leading to the ability to use meteorological and related data to develop training resources, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Associate Scientist III: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic discipline (meteorology, hydrometeorology, atmospheric science or related scientific field) plus with minimum three to five years’ experience at an Associate Scientist II or equivalent level designing, developing, and/or teaching scientific content or on assignments leading to the ability to use meteorological and related data to develop training resources, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Desired (but not required):
- Master’s Degree
- Familiarity with training approaches for adult learners
- Advanced knowledge of hydrometeorology
Associate Scientist II Required:
- Working knowledge in one or more areas of hydrometeorology, operational meteorology, NWP, climate prediction, hydrology, remote sensing, or Earth system science
- Knowledge of meteorological and environmental data acquisition and processing, including workstation analysis and display packages and their meteorological/hydrological application
- Willingness to maintain currency in forecasting tools and methods
- Ability to work effectively with external scientific and technical representatives and internal staff focal points
- Some experience managing a project to deadline and budget
- Ability to perform tasks that require accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work productively in a multi-task work environment
- Willingness to learn and utilize new e-learning tools in lesson development and production
- Ability to travel
Associate Scientist III Requirements in addition to Associate Scientist II:
- Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: hydrometeorology, operational meteorology, NWP, climate prediction, hydrology, remote sensing, or Earth system science.
- Developed skills in project leadership, including organizing and coordinating the tasks associated with each project assigned and managing projects to deadline and budget
- Ability to lead team discussion and facilitate team decision making
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; collaborate closely with subject matter experts, multi-media partners, and communicate with diverse and numerous team members
- Ability and willingness to make presentations to professional audiences
- A pre-employment screening is conducted in conjunction with an offer for employment. This screening may involve verifying or reviewing any of the following relevant information: restricted parties screening, employment verification, performance records of internal candidates, education verification, reference checks, verification of professional licenses, certifications, and Motor Vehicle Records. UCAR complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
- A cover letter is required with the submission of the application.
- An Inclusion Statement will be required for all applicants candidates who move into the interview stage. This statement should address past efforts, as well as future vision and plans to advocate for and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the organization and/or field of work.