Meteorologist/ Weather Reporter

The Washington Post

The Washington Post is seeking an experienced meteorologist and/or science reporter to join its weather team, the Capital Weather Gang, as deputy weather editor.

This person should have outstanding written and oral communication skills, weather forecasting ability and news judgment. The candidate will play a pivotal role in producing and expanding The Post’s web, mobile, social media, video, audio, and print weather content, serving a Washington, D.C., national and international audience.

The successful candidate also will deliver on-air radio forecasts and news reports and interviews to our radio partner, WAMU-88.5, Washington’s NPR affiliate.

Experience writing and editing weather and related science content is required. The person should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, under deadline pressure and on a flexible schedule, particularly during breaking weather news.

Required Skills/Experience

  • At least two years of weather or science news and/or feature writing for a professional news or science organization
  • Use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • College degree in meteorology, atmospheric or related environmental/earth science; degree in non-scientific (e.g. journalism) field may be considered if candidate has gained relevant weather/climate science training/expertise elsewhere
  • The ability to write clear, clean prose conveying complex scientific concepts in plain English
  • Forecasting experience, including severe weather, hurricanes and snowstorms
  • Outstanding public speaking skills for on-camera and radio broadcasts, and community appearances
  • A drive for delivering quality products in a timely manner
  • A passion for and commitment to audience engagement
  • Strong team player with desire to collaborate with others to develop a superior product

Desired Skills/Experience

  • On-camera experience
  • Radio broadcasting experience
  • Graphics editing and development
  • Data analysis and visualization experience
  • Photography and/or video production
  • Website development and computer programming
  • Experience in journalism or related field and/or substantial coursework
  • Knowledge of astronomy, climate change, environmental science and social sciences
  • Leadership/management ability and/or experience
  • Local knowledge of Washington, D.C. weather patterns

Send resume and cover letter to Jason Samenow, Weather Editor, jason.samenow@washpost.com, Carla Broyles, Senior Editor for Recruiting, (Carla.broyles@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant, Managing Editor, (Tracy.Grant@washpost.com). Candidates should include links and/or attachments with at least three writing samples (required).  Candidates with on-camera and/or radio experience should include web links to digital examples of their work (optional).

Application deadline is March 22. This position is based in our Washington newsroom and is not eligible for remote work.