of Major Duties
Taken directly from the position descriptions
for WCM GS-13 and WCM GS-14 as written by NOAA Human Resources, the following
are some of the duties of the WCM.
Conducts area-wide evaluations of WFO products and services
- This involves ensuring your office's products and services are generated
according to established NWSH and Regional directives while providing
a use for your customers. Your customers include the media, land managers,
emergency managers and the general public. In fact, it is safe to say
that everyone is a customer. Whether accessing weather information via
your web site, local radio and television or, NOAA Weather Radio, customers
range from the most experienced and meteorologically savvy to those who
simply want to know if it's going to rain after they wash their car.
Conducts a WFO area-wide preparedness program - This
involves ensuring all people within your County Warning Area (CWA) are
aware of the weather hazards which threaten their safety and their property
and are prepared to take action if and when these threats become reality.
Teaching is paramount in this endeavor. Media and emergency managers
must be high on your priority list of those to teach. These resources
have the greatest potential impact on the general public because of their
ability to disseminate information widely and quickly and because of their
first response capabilities.
Conducts a WFO area-wide preparedness planning and citizen education
effort with and through various local and state agencies and organizations
- This involves conducting education and training courses with the local
schools and clubs (i.e., Lion's Clubs) in your CWA. There truly are
no limits on whom you can help become more educated and aware of the weather
threats in your CWA.
For more information, read the Directives on service outreach (NWSI-10-18) at:
Serves as Senior Forecaster on shift duty in his/her absence,
performing the full range of responsibilities of that position. This work
may comprise approximately 25% of the time - This helps ensure
you are adept at forecast operations including warning, dissemination
and infrastructure capabilities. Further, in order to gage how effectively
your forecast and warning operations are, you must have first hand, expert
knowledge of these operations.
Leads or participates in the conduct of local
staff hydrometeorological studies and developmental projects designed
to capitalize on or incorporate the benefits of new science/technology/local
techniques towards enhancing WFO preparedness objectives - This
involves working with your service hydrologist/hydrology focal point,
Science and Operations Officer, forecast staff and the Meteorologist in
Charge to maximize the effectiveness of any training, review or station
drill projects. Learning from past events is a proven technique and should
When designated, acts for the MIC during his/her absence, with
full technical, managerial, and administrative responsibility for WFO
programs, products, and services - A knowledge of Labor and Management
policies, management techniques, office procedures and policies, staffing
issues and Regional Headquarters protocol are paramount for you to be
successful in this capacity. Under your leadership, the office is expected
to maintain a high level of service.