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Portland General Electric Meteorologist in Portland, Oregon

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.

We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!

Meteorologist – Weather Hazard & Energy Modeler

Portland General Electric is seeking an atmospheric scientist specializing in numerical weather prediction and weather-related hazard/energy modeling to join our team. Weather has a major impact on many aspects of PGE’s business, and it is imperative that PGE have a high-resolution, robust modeling system for forecasting and identifying weather-related hazards and risks that impacts PGE’s grids and customers.

The successful candidate will support the Wildfire Mitigation and Resiliency, Business Continuity & Emergency Management and Power Operation teams by using atmospheric models to produce fire weather outlooks and other products with an emphasis on critical fire weather patterns that lead to high fire danger. This position will be responsible for supporting situational awareness and incident operational support when the Emergency Operations Center is activated.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of risk assessment models and applications, focusing on the mitigation of asset failure due to weather, fires and climate impacts;

  • Work with Wildfire Mitigation and Resiliency team members to stand up procedures and process

  • Analyze historical weather, fire, and energy production data and deliver reports to a variety of stakeholders;

  • Develop relationships and key partnerships with meteorological, wildfire, energy, and other external organizations to align and continuously improve in-house weather, climate, and risk assessment models.

  • Continuously improve fire weather forecasting capabilities and statistical weather forecasting models;

  • Work with vendors on improving their meteorological services;

  • Continuous improvement in forecasting tools for PGE’s wind and solar generation facilities;

  • Maintain forecasting tools for renewables generation throughout the western US, such as solar production in California;

  • Develop and maintain a high-resolution WRF model that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as wind/solar generation forecasting, highly granular forecasting to assist storm preparedness and restoration, and longer-term fire and hazard assessments;

  • Inform strategies to develop a more robust weather station deployment plan to inform real-time wildfire operations

Secondary Job Responsibilities:

  • Interpret meteorological data and forecasts and communicate the forecasts/impacts to end-users;

  • Assist storm preparedness and power restoration efforts by providing concise, detailed forecasts during periods of extreme weather to a variety of stakeholders;

  • Work with/train people in the field and key stakeholders across the company to understand and learn about equipment, assets and business functions across the territory;

  • Provide weather forecasts to energy traders to help them gain insight into how the weather affects power and natural gas prices;

  • Provide energy forecasts for PGE’s wind/solar portfolio to energy traders and schedulers;

Basic Qualifications:

  • A B.S. or graduate degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences or related area of study;

  • Five or more years in operational forecasting in a commercial environment or a related field with at least two years of experience developing and maintaining high-resolution, mesoscale, dynamical weather models such as the WRF;

  • Exceptional programming skills in Python for data analysis and FORTRAN for core NWP system component development, with a demonstrated ability to write elegant, robust, and documented code;

  • Intermediate knowledge in SQL;

  • Thorough understanding of data assimilation methods such as 4DVAR and ensemble-based methods such as the EnKF;

  • Thorough understanding of various probabilistic and ensemble forecasting methods;

  • Thorough understanding of various post-processing and bias-correction techniques to improve the accuracy of model output;

  • Ability to write technical documentation for internally developed products and modules;

  • Knowledge of the local meteorology the Pacific Northwest;

  • Experience preparing findings and presenting complex technical information to both technical and nontechnical audiences;

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to efficiently handle multiple projects and requests.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of weather forecasting experience in the energy and renewables sector;

  • Experience with OSI PI Historian;

  • Experience with Tableau;

  • Solid understanding of Excel;

  • Experience briefing stakeholders on the potential for extreme weather and impacts to business operations;

  • Knowledge of publicly available forecasting tools, such as the University of Washington’s WRF model and satellite/radar/observational data;

  • Extensive knowledge of NWS system and demonstrated experience using National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) products;

  • Thorough knowledge of fire/wildfire behavior, the National Fire Danger Rating System, and wildland fire classes such as S-290, S-390, and S-490.

  • An understanding of the National Fire Danger Rating System

  • Knowledge of principles/concepts of wildland fire classes such as S-290, S-390, and S-490

Position open until filled

Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position.

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Assisting with storms or other Company emergencies is a part of all positions at Portland General Electric.

Talent Acquisition Contact:

Staffing@pgn.com

This job posting will close at 12:01 am Pacific Time on the closing date listed below:

At Portland General Electric, we’re innovators, builders, and achievers. We’re committed to powering our customers’ potential and making a difference for our community and the planet. Today, that commitment includes developing an intelligent and resilient electric grid, electrifying transportation and de-carbonizing the energy sector.

We’re proud to deliver an exceptional experience to help our customers thrive. Our mission is to make clean, reliable and affordable energy services available to all. We obsess over serving customers and are committed to growing employee career paths with purpose. Equity and inclusion are core business values; we celebrate our differences and are committed to developing teams that reflect the communities we serve.

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