Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Position Number:  00049579

Description Activated On:  4/19/2024 3:46:42 PM

Position Purpose:
Describe the primary purpose of this position and how it contributes to the organization’s objectives. Example: Provides clerical and office support within the Division to ensure its operations are conducted efficiently and effectively. 

Manages the daily analysis of meteorological data in determining weather-related trends and threats to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (COPA) by forecasting impending weather disasters, including, but not limited to tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat and cold waves, wildfires, and blizzards.

Provides technical expertise in the form of terminology and principles of meteorology to Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC), and state agency partners, to assess impending disasters. This position is a critical link to the CRCC in the rapid dissemination of the appropriate watches and warnings of extreme weather events.

This position reports directly to the Director of PEMA; work is assigned in the form of broad objectives and is reviewed by the Director for results obtained.

Description of Duties:
Describe in detail the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Descriptions should include the major end result of the task. Example: Types correspondence, reports, and other various documents from handwritten drafts for review and signature of the supervisor.

Serves as the liaison in PEMA’s Executive Office to the Governor’s Office staff in providing advice on upcoming weather events.

Serves as the technical authority in the analysis and interpretation of meteorological data in determining short-range and long-range weather-related trends and threats to the COPA.

Along with the CRCC, collaborates as a technical liaison between PEMA and national, state and local weather enterprise providers.

Directs the formulation and administration of technical standards for the use of proper notifications of weather-related data.

Monitors meteorological data to forecast event timing and duration. Advises the CRCC along with other state agencies on the criticality of events.

Prepares forecasts or weather briefings and presentations for government officials and the media using data gathered from all meteorological sources; compiles daily weather reports that discuss weather-related threats within the COPA.

Researches new and emerging technologies for the improvement of capturing meteorological data.

Educates emergency managers, private, public and volunteer organizations on weather trends and meteorological information.

Analyzes historical climate information, such as precipitation or temperature records, to assist in future weather predictions or climate trends.

Evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of program services and recommends and implements changes as necessary to increase program efficiency and effectiveness.
Assists all deputates within PEMA with meteorological needs, such as exercises, training, planning, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Performs related work and duties as required.

NOTATION OF SCHEDULE: Employee may be required to work 12-hour shifts. Employees may have their work schedules changed to five consecutive days within a seven-day period based on customer/assignment needs. Employee’s work hours may be modified based on customer/assignment needs. Except for emergencies, changes to schedules and work hours will be provided at least two weeks in advance.

This position is eligible for telework in accordance with applicable Commonwealth policies.


This employee is an essential employee.

Performs a task to be assigned during periods of emergencies. Such tasks may differ from normal day-to-day routine. These emergency assignments are at times received with little or no advance notice and may last for any period of time ranging from a few hours to several weeks or more, depending on the nature of the circumstance. The emergency assignments are sometimes performed under adverse (less than favorable) conditions and may require travel to a disaster site for short or extended periods of time.
This position performs operational assignments as required during actual emergencies. Position will serve in a leadership capacity in the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center and must be available to work outside of the normal work hours, to include weekends and overnights, when activated.

Decision Making:
Describe the types of decisions made by the incumbent of this position and the types of decisions referred to others. Identify the problems or issues that can be resolved at the level of this position, versus those that must be referred to the supervisor. Example: In response to a customer inquiry, this work involves researching the status of an activity and preparing a formal response for the supervisor’s signature.

The State Meteorologist has the authority to use the best possible tools in developing weather forecasts to provide an impacts-based assessment before an event, such as contact with other disciplines that may assist in the forecasting. Any extraordinary event or unplanned expenses would be referred to the Director for guidance.

Requirements Profile: Identify any specific experience or requirements, such as a licensure, registration, or certification, which may be necessary to perform the functions of the position. Position-specific requirements should be consistent with a Special Requirement or other criteria identified in the classification specification covering this position. Example: Experience using Java; Professional Engineer License


FEMA Independent Study Courses (preference on hire – mandatory within 6 months of hire)
IS-100 Introduction to ICS
IS-200 ICS for Single Resources
IS-700 Introduction to NIMS
IS-800 National Response Framework
IS 2200 – Basic EOC Functions (online)

Experience reading and interpreting weather modeling.
Experience developing and delivering impact-based briefings, both oral and written

Licenses, registrations, or certifications:




Essential Functions
: Provide a list of essential functions for this position. Example: Transports boxes weighing up to 60 pounds.
 1. Ability to read, understand, translate, and communicate technical meteorological and science-related material for various audiences.
 2. Ability to communicate both orally, and in writing, with supervisors, managers, and the public.
 3. Ability to use various forms of office or work-related equipment, including a computer.
 4. Ability to lift, push, etc., various files and/or office or work-related equipment.
 5. Ability to attend meetings, conferences, or participate in disaster related activities in locations throughout the Commonwealth.
 6. Possesses physical and mental stamina to work under high pressure conditions for extended periods of time.