Expert, Fire Weather Meteorologist

San Ramon, CA, US, 94583

Requisition ID # 41101

Job Category: Engineering / Science

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location: San Francisco; San Ramon


Department Overview:

PG&E’s Meteorology Operations and Analytics team is one of the most impactful at the company, providing support across all aspects of PG&E’s utility operations through advanced modeling and monitoring capabilities. Our modelling program includes high resolution weather forecasting, utility fire risk forecasting, outage and storm forecasting, solar forecasting, electric and gas load forecasting, and hydro forecasting. The team has deployed a utility-mesonet with more than 600 weather stations, deployed over 125 high-resolution “Alert Wildfire” cameras and developed a fire detection and alert system using geosynchronous and polar-orbiting satellites. The team constructed an hourly 30-year high-resolution down-scaled climatology of weather and fuel models, operates a high-resolution weather-fuels coupled forecast model, and leverages fire spread and consequence simulations of >70 million fires igniting near overhead utility infrastructure daily.

For more, please see this overview video of the weather station and camera projects and the Wildfire Safety Operations Center:


Position Summary:

We are looking for an expert fire weather meteorologist with a strong background in fire weather forecasting and/or fire weather and fuel concepts.  You will support operational fire weather forecasting as well as lead large projects to develop, deploy and improve operational fire potential forecasting methods and models.  You will have a unique opportunity to help guide and lead projects that improve operational decision-making during storm and fire weather events.  This role offers high-impact opportunities in the company and for communities we serve.  In this role you will work as part of cross functional teams, including other meteorologists in and outside the company, data scientists, project and product managers, leadership, and subject matter experts to develop data-driven solutions.

This position offers a flexible work location, preferably in San Ramon or San Francisco.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters or above degree in Meteorology, Fire Science or related discipline + 7 years academic and/or job-related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in meteorology, Fire Science or related discipline + 9 years academic and job-related experience
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Deep Knowledge of fire weather concepts and fire danger modeling techniques


Desired Qualifications

  • Masters or PhD degree in Meteorology or related discipline
  • 5-7 years of operational forecast or operational systems experience
  • Deep knowledge of meteorological concepts and numerical weather prediction models
  • Deep knowledge and experience with fire danger rating systems, fire spread models, live and dead fuel moisture models
  • Experience processing meteorological data with various programming languages – python, NCL, SQL, matlab, ect
  • LINUX expertise
  • 5 years of project/program management experience
  • Knowledge of emergency planning, preparedness, disaster recovery, and business continuity methods and best practices
  • Knowledge of electric utility operations
  • Highly adaptable, flexible professional who embraces teamwork, but also enjoys working independently.
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS) certification or similar



  • Provide operational forecasting support and reports for electric distribution, transmission and gas operations during routine and severe fire weather events
  • Project Manager for moderate to complex projects; specifically, projects aimed at the improving fire weather modeling, fuel moisture modeling, fire spread modeling, monitoring (weather stations, cameras, fuel moisture) and verification capabilities
  • Effectively communicates fire weather-related risks to internal and external stakeholders in verbal and written reports
  • Performs data analytics and helps guide internal and external data scientists with analytic projects to improve operational models
  • Works with external vendors to help design, improve, implement and deliver services to continually improve operational weather forecast capabilities and forecast skill
  • Construct and deliver presentations to internal teams and external stakeholders
  • Anticipates and helps implement innovations in technology and meteorological applications
  • Works with external researchers and academic institutions to identify and collaborate in utility-related fire weather/danger research
  • Maintains proficiency in the meteorological and/or fire science field and works with external members of the scientific community collaboratively
  • Effectively build professional networks inside and outside the organization
  • Responds to emergency fire weather events during scheduled on-call periods
  • Be self-motivated and can work with little to no guidance expect on the most complex projects
  • Be a dedicated team member and work collaboratively to solve issues
  • Coach and mentor less senior staff

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