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Idaho Power
Boise, Idaho, United States (hybrid)
25 days ago
Idaho Power
Boise, Idaho, United States
(hybrid)
25 days ago
Job Type
Full-Time
Job Duration
Indefinite
Salary
$84,115.00 - $136,406.00
Min Experience
2-3 Years
Min Education
BA/BS/Undergraduate
Salary - Type
Yearly Salary
Job Function
Atmospheric Scientist

Description

Tracking Code 3622
Job Location Boise, ID
Wage $84,115.20 - $136,406.40 Exempt
Application Deadline 04/01/2024

JOB DESCRIPTION
Idaho Power — located in vibrant Boise, Idaho — is looking for an Atmospheric Scientist or Senior Atmospheric Scientist to join our Power Supply team. It’s an exciting time to work for Idaho Power. We’re working toward our goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2045, and our work plays a critical role in our customers’ lives and in communities we serve across Idaho and Oregon. While this position is based at Idaho Power’s downtown Boise location, we offer both flexible schedules and the opportunity to work up to 40% remote. In addition to the meaningful work we do, we offer work-life balance, competitive pay and benefits, an employee incentive plan, and both a 401k employer-match and a pension plan, making Idaho Power one of the best employers in the state.

What does an Atmospheric Scientist do for us?

Idaho Power’s largest generation resource is hydropower, which is also its lowest cost energy source. Idaho Power’s energy mix and customer load are both heavily influenced by weather, which makes understanding weather a critical part of reliably and cost effectively serving our customers. Approximately half of Idaho Power’s energy is driven by weather, compared to a national average of about 20%. To augment water supply for its fleet of hydropower generation, Idaho Power’s Atmospheric Sciences group operates a large and robust cloud seeding program. With increasing concerns of risk associated with wildfire, Idaho Power has a Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP), and the Atmospheric Sciences group provides fire weather forecasting and situational awareness to support the plan.

Atmospheric Scientist:

The primary role of the Atmospheric Scientist is to support Idaho Power’s weather needs while being mentored by more experienced Atmospheric Scientists. The Atmospheric Scientist will utilize previously developed tools and techniques to provide meteorological and hydrologic forecasts, conduct weather modification operations, and participate in studies to address meteorology issues important to Idaho Power business. The audience ranges from internal scientific staff, senior management, public and private agencies, and the general public. With guidance from Senior Atmospheric Scientists, the Atmospheric Scientist is responsible for the preparation of specialized weather forecast products for use in stream flow forecasting, seasonal forecasting, renewable energy, and load forecasting, planning and weather modification.

Senior Atmospheric Scientist:

The Senior Atmospheric Scientist applies a mastery of the physical sciences to address technical and scientific questions related to meteorological and hydrologic forecasting, weather modification, climate change and variability, and other atmospheric sciences issues important to Idaho Power business. Sophisticated research techniques are applied to develop and prepare specialized forecast products for use in stream flow forecasting, seasonal forecasting, renewable energy, and load forecasting, planning and weather modification. Serves as a subject-matter expert and mentor for other Atmospheric Scientists. Initiates, oversees, and reviews technical aspects of atmospheric science and climate focused analysis and studies, responsible for managing research being commissioned by Idaho Power with outside contractors that pertains to meteorology, hydrology, climate, and weather modification.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS

Atmospheric Scientist:

Knowledge of:

·         Synoptic and mesoscale meteorological processes

·         Weather forecasting

Preferred:

o   How meteorology pertains to a hydro-electric utility, renewable energy sources, weather modification, and stream flow forecasting

o   Weather models and management of large datasets

Skills in:

·         Planning, organizing, and time management

·         Basic computer programming

·         Effectively communicate weather information to technical and non-technical audiences

Preferred:

o   Python programming skills

Ability to:

·         Produce short (days) and long (months) term weather forecasts to work with both fixed and irregular time constraints

·         Integrate atmospheric data with weather models to create weather forecasts

·         Participate in weather-related studies

Preferred:

o   Act in a liaison capacity with other departments, to conduct quantitative precipitation and temperature forecasting

 

Senior Atmospheric Scientist adds:
Knowledge of:

·         Applied atmospheric sciences, meteorology, hydrology, and climatology

·         Short, medium, and long-term (temperature and precipitation) forecasting

·         Develop computer code to accomplish a weather-related task from scratch

·         Applied research methods and data management techniques to conduct challenging atmospheric sciences research and development

Preferred:

o   Mastery of theories and principals associated with theoretical and applied atmospheric sciences

o   Highly advanced knowledge of applied research methods

o   High performance computing systems

o   Technical knowledge of weather models and management of large datasets

Skills in:

·         Advanced programming in weather-related computer languages

·         Mentoring and providing direction on meteorological forecasting

·         Analysis and interpretation of large datasets from weather models and observation networks

Preferred:

o   Produce operational weather forecasts for the utility industry

o   Project management and budgeting

o   Fire weather forecasting

o   Running weather modification operations

Ability to:

·         Work under general direction, with considerable latitude, to carry out responsibilities

·         Plan and conduct research, develop new techniques, and make real-time decisions for weather operations

Preferred:

o   Identify productive areas for research and development of weather-based information products

o   Exercise a high degree of originality and judgement to define complex problems

o   Act as a liaison with other departments and/or external stakeholders

o   Design and implement new weather forecasting techniques



Requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Atmospheric Scientist:

Education:

·         Bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science, Physics, Meteorology, or a related science

OR

·         Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the listed fields by May 31st, 2024

Preferred:

o   Master's degree in Atmospheric Science or Physics, Meteorology, or a related field

Experience:

·         2 years of experience in the atmospheric sciences or meteorology related fields, in research, observing, forecasting, or modeling

·         A Master's of Science (or Ph.D.) in Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Physics, or closely related science can be substituted for 2 years of experience

Preferred:

o   3 years of experience in operational meteorology with 1 season of meteorological and hydrologic integration, winter weather modification, or renewable energy research

Licenses & Certifications:

·         Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position

Preferred:

o   Have, or able to meet the requirements necessary for Certified Operator defined by the Weather Modification Association


Senior Atmospheric Scientist:

Education:

·         Bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science, Physics, Meteorology, or a related science

OR

·         Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the listed fields by May 31st, 2024

Preferred:

o   Master's degree in Atmospheric Science, Physics, Meteorology, or a related field

Experience:

·         7 years of experience in operational meteorology with at least 3 years of winter weather modification, renewable energy research, or meteorological and hydrologic forecast integration

·         A Master's of Science (or Ph.D.) in Atmospheric Science or Physics, Meteorology, or a closely related science can be substituted for 1 year (3 years for Ph.D.) of experience

Preferred:

o   10 years of experience in operational meteorology with 6 seasons of meteorological and hydrologic integration

o   Winter weather modification

o   Renewable energy research

Licenses & Certifications:

·         Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record based on driving requirements for the position

Preferred:

o   Have, or able to meet the requirements necessary for Certified Operator defined by the Weather Modification Association


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
This position has both office work and field work. The office work requires working at a desk/computer for extended periods of time. It requires the use of office equipment, fine motor skills including typing on the computer, dialing phones, filing paper, and working in close proximity to other people. There may be occasional lifts of no more than 10 lbs.

The field work consists of working at the equipment locations. Lifts no greater than 10lbs are performed occasionally and occasional walking is required in all weather conditions on sometimes rough, uneven ground as well as the ability to occasionally climb stairs. Stooping, bending, and standing is performed frequently while in the field. The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. This job may require the performance of additional tasks assigned by company leaders or management. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability, willingness, and flexibility to periodically work long, irregular hours.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Adaptability, Building Strategic Work Relationships, Communication, Continuous Learning, Customer Focus, Decision Making, Information Monitoring, Stress Tolerance


To be considered for this position, please visit our website at www.idahopower.com/careers and complete our online application.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, and any other status protected by applicable federal and state laws.

If you have questions, or require assistance or accommodation to complete the online application, please contact us at: Phone: 208-388-2965 or Email: jobs@idahopower.com

Idaho Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job ID: 72815569

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