Sunday, January 1, 2012

Team Application
Forecaster or Advisor
(Text-only version)

We appreciate your interest in our multi-state team. To make your application process as efficient as possible, please follow the 5-step procedure outlined below. You can copy and paste our questions into a separate word document, and insert your responses below each, or request the Word 2007-10 version with an email to info@footsforecast.org. 

When your application is ready, email to leadership@footsforecast.org and it will be forwarded to Nikki Byers, our Director of Forecaster Outreach. 

WHEN YOUR APPLICATION IS READY
• Save in a Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 format and include a recent resume or a biosketch if available. If not available, you can send in the resume with the reference letters.
• Title the document “First Name Last Name – State – Application"
• Length is no more than 3 pages. Recommendation letters are not counted in the 3 pages.

1. INTRODUCTION
First, tell us how you developed a passion for science, the outdoors, weather & forecasting.
Next, describe in 1-2 paragraphs a weather event which impacted your life.
Last, discuss in 1 paragraph how you collaborate with others

2. BACKGROUND A bullet list of 2-3 items for each
The geographic region you wish to cover and why;
A brief, specific list of skills, talents and innovative background you can offer our readership (abilities in media, videos, music, website, photography, sports, etc.)
An overview of your academic background, core courses and/or professional training if applicable.
A brief list of activities you do outside of weather, and your favorite travel spots.


3. FORECASTS Provide a 3-day forecast for your multi-county area, incl. 3 cities in the local forecast area
Components: Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, Looking Ahead.  2-3 sentences each.
Data points: Projected high and low temperatures, wind speed and direction                                                 
NWS advisories: If there is a significant weather event in progress in your area, please include a short note about the latest NWS advisory, a link to the text, and a link to the relevant NWS forecast office.
Examples: In the Facebook search feature, enter "Foot's Forecast" and a variety of  zones will appear. Select any zone in your region and follow the format shown. 
Your application will be reviewed by college students, high school lead forecasters and professional meteorologists. The Outreach Team wishes to see how you can "de-mystify" a complex weather situation using everyday language, not acronyms and technical terms. 


4. REFERENCES  Have two individuals submit to us via email within two weeks of your applicationa two-paragraph letter of reference on your behalf. The writer is to include a contact number.
  • If between grades 9-12: Options include a parent or guardian AND a current/former science teacher of yours OR an Assistant Principal. Context of the letter is to know a professional with your school system is aware of your application and can vouch for your eligibility for our team.
  • If in college: A Professor, Academic Advisor, or fellow student in the same field of study at the same college;
  • If at home or in the workforceA member of your family or a colleague who is aware and can vouch for your background in weather and forecasting.
5. WHAT THE WRITER SHOULD SAY You can submit your application before your recommendation letters. While the Outreach Team initiates your training process, you can contact your letter writer.

The writer of your 2-3 paragraph reference letter should include:
  • An example of your passion for weather & science or media & technology 
  • A statement on your professionalism and ability to collaborate in a team 
  • Contact email and phone number for our team if we have questions.

QUESTIONS? Before you apply, email any questions to Nikki Byers, our Director of Forecaster Outreach. If interested in further details, we can arrange for a conference call to speak with a Team Advisor and a Lead Forecaster.

The Leadership & Advisory Team of Foot's Forecast

Nikki Byers, Director of Forecaster Outreach
Daniel Ross, Southeast Team / Tropical Team Director
Diandre Williams, Director of Strategic Media

Rich Foot, Chairman and CEO
Keith Krichinsky, Chief Operating Officer
Forrest Palmer, Student Outreach Advisor


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