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Job Title:  NOAA OWAQ – Engineer/Scientist III(ID#15424)

Location: NOAA HQ, Silver Spring, Maryland



Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) focuses on quality performance in the collection and analysis of data, dissemination of useful information, and actionable real-world support to the intelligence and warfighter communities. Services offered by Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs apply to all national security communities including federal, state and local intelligence communities, the military and law enforcement agencies. Sub-seasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) Program Coordinator Engineer/Scientist


An engineer or scientist with experience in meteorological, or related, project management, program management, resource management (budget, personnel), grants management, and knowledge of R2O conventions (Readiness Levels) is required to support the Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ), the National Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC) program, and the overall coordination efforts with Weather Program Office (WPO) Sub-seasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) program and broader community as a bridge across timescales, research and operations.  Master’s Degree or higher.


CNSP is seeking a Engineer/Scientist to provide scientific, technical and programmatic services to the OWAQ Director to effectively develop, plan, implement and track projects, assess and control performance, and manage risk and interdependencies to meet the project goals and objectives throughout program/project life cycles. The Engineer/Scientist will establish new and nurture existing communications between operational forecasters and the model forecast producers, collecting operational needs and assisting in the development of funding opportunities to bring solutions from the research community into current and future employed systems.



OAR/OWAQ is building a team of specialists who will work within the projects and programs to develop and nurture cost-effective and innovative concept of operations by offering various short- and long-term funding mechanisms (e.g., competitive grants, internal and external Funding Opportunities) in support of operational implementation. This position will focus on ESPC and S2S research funded within the OWAQ office, providing program support and assisting with competition creation, documentation, and mission-support of funded projects.



Includes the following:

– Coordination with WPO National ESPC to bridge across timescales, research, and operations.

– Coordination and support of S2S program-sponsored workshops.

– Community outreach, communicate the S2S program relocation to WPO.

– Outreach topics between agencies, including research to operations (R2O), and operational or pseudo-operational needs translated to research (O2R) with the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) and Climate Testbed (CTB).

– Prepare PowerPoint presentations, reports and spreadsheets to OWAQ’s director and program managers, as assigned.

–  Schedule, organize, and/or facilitate meetings or events related to OWAQ programs.



The Engineer/Scientist will provide project management level oversight and scientific guidance in planning and tracking related service, product and system improvements from concept to delivery and communicate task status and schedule changes promptly, conforming to congressional guidelines and mandates.

The Engineer/Scientist will produce monthly status reports and highlighting task completion schedules as needed, work schedule variations (if any), other milestones and work product deliveries, synthesize interactions with the weather enterprise to construct research planning documents, and assist research to operations transitions.



MA/MS degree and/or experience in earth system physical science fields such as meteorology, oceanography, cryosphere, and numerical modeling is preferred with established experience in similar position.



Experience in meteorological, or related, project management, program management, resource management (budget, personnel), and program planning documentation is required to support the Office of Weather and Air Quality and the overall effort to align office goals and efforts to meet congressional mandates.

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience interacting with government agencies
  • Minimum of 2 years of technical writing experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to providing excellent customer service
  • Flexibility and, above all, reliability



NOAA HQ office environment in Silver Spring, MD.


With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

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Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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