Senior, Meteorologist

San Ramon, CA, US, 94583

Requisition ID # 41120

Job Category : Engineering / Science

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Electric Operations

Job Location : 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 forecast, 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 a seasoned meteorologist with a strong background in operational weather forecasting and/or fire weather and fuel concepts to support operational forecasting needs.  This role will also serve as a project manager to help guide projects to develop, deploy and improve operational forecasting models and weather verification and monitoring capabilities. In this role you will work as part of cross functional teams, including other meteorologists, data scientists, project and product managers, leadership, and subject matter experts to develop data driven solutions.

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



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or above in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related discipline
  • Minimum of 5 years job-related experience (weather forecasting and analysis)
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of meteorological concepts and numerical weather prediction models


Desired Qualifications

  • Masters or above in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related discipline
  • 7 years of operational forecast or operational systems experience
  • Experience communicating weather related risks pertaining to operations, and ability to communicated forecast uncertainty concisely an effectively
  • Knowledge of fire weather concepts and fire danger modeling
  • 5 years of project/program management experience
  • Deep Experience analyzing observational and meteorological forecast data
  • Experience processing meteorological data with programming languages such as python, NCL, SQL, etc.
  • 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, severe storm and fire weather events
  • Serves as a Project Manager for moderate to complex projects; specifically, projects aimed at the improving weather modeling and monitoring capabilities
  • Effectively communicates weather-related risks to internal and external stakeholders in verbal and written reports
  • Performs weather data analytics and helps guide internal and external data scientists with analytic projects
  • Works with external vendors to help design and improve services offered to continually improve operational weather forecast capabilities and forecast skill
  • Construct and deliver presentations to internal teams and external stakeholders
  • Serves on PG&E Emergency Response Teams for electric and diablo canyon power plant
  • Anticipates and helps implement innovations in technology and meteorological applications
  • Maintains proficiency in the meteorological field and works with external members of the scientific community collaboratively
  • Effectively build professional networks inside and outside the organization
  • Responds to emergency weather events after typical work hours 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 career & associate level staff