Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Innovate Your Future
Become a Forecaster With Us 

Greetings from the Foot's Forecast Team! We appreciate your interest in joining our vibrant and motivated multi-state organization of dedicated forecasters.

To make your application efficient, follow the 5-step procedure outlined below. We suggest pasting our questions into a separate word document, and insert your responses below each.

When your application is ready, email to nikki.byers@footsforecast.org our Director of Forecaster Outreach. 

  • Notify 2 references you will need a written statement from them sent to us anytime after your application has been submitted. Reference statements by email are permitted, and sent to nikki.byers@footsforecast.org
  • Title your application document “(First Name Last Name) – (Your State) – Application"
  • Length: Two pages is ideal, not more than 3 pages.
  • 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

A bullet list of 2-3 items for each section
  • 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.

Provide a 3-day forecast for your multi-county area and mention 3 towns or cities
  • 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. 
Review process: Your application will be reviewed by college students, high school lead forecasters and professional meteorologists. Our team wants to evaluate how you communicate actionable information to the general public during a a complex weather situation with everyday language. 

Please note: We are not impressed when forecasts contain lots of acronyms and technical terms, unless the writer includes an explanation and the use of complicated language is unavoidable.

Have two references submit via email within one week of your application.
References can be a two-paragraph letter and include a contact number 
  • If between grades 9-12: Options include a parent or guardian AND a current/former science teacher of yours, another teacher in your school or a coach/administrator. 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 your same field of study at the same college;
  • If working from home or in the workforceA member of your immediate family or a colleague who can speak to your passion for weather and forecasting.

You can submit your application before your recommendation letters. 

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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