Serves as the Fire Weather Meteorologist for the wildland fire agencies Southern Geographic Area for the express purpose of ensuring the continued availability and adequacy of a viable fire weather program. Ensures state-of-the-art meteorological and climatological science is being utilized in the geographic area. In so doing, the incumbent manages, plans, organizes and directs the fire weather program within the geographic area for the federal and state wildland agencies.
Develops interagency program direction for fire weather products, tropical forecasts and services and monitoring systems sufficient to establish baseline information to improve fire weather and tropical weather decision support.
In partnership with state meteorologists, provides expert advice and consultation to the Geographic Area Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group concerning fire weather issues. The Geographic Area MAC group is comprised of the fire directors representing the various land management agencies.
Reviews and determines adherence to regulations and instructions included in operational plans, monitors the condition, adequacy and viability of weather data collection equipment, systems, and personnel.
Responsible for the management of the weather data collection network for federal and state wildland fire agencies in the geographic area.
Serves as liaison between the federal wildland fire agencies in each geographic area and the providers of weather and climatological services including the NWS, private weather vendors, and wildland fire agency meteorologists.
Maintains a collaborative working relationship with state meteorologists to coordinate program services, operations, tech transfer, and applied research.
Provides meteorological expertise on accident/incident investigations as necessary.