Weather Briefer (Forecaster)

Weather Briefer (Forecaster)

RS4 Weather Briefer (Forecaster)


Department of Conservation and Climate

Wildfire, Parks & Resource Protection

Winnipeg MB

Advertisement Number: 36426

Salary(s):   RS4 $48,731.00 – $58,372.00 per year

Closing Date:   October 31, 2020

The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to women, Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

Manitoba Conservation & Climate is seeking a seeking a qualified individual for the position of Weather Briefer/Forecaster within the Wildfire Service. 

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Full Stage Manitoba Class 5 Driver’s license
  • Must be willing and able to work extended hours periodically as required
  • Must be willing and able to travel for extended periods in remote areas by vehicle and/or small aircraft
  • Must be physically able to perform the duties of the position which includes the ability to climb and work on a 33 foot weather tower and carry loads up to 68lbs. over short distances
  • Must be willing and able to work in a variety of weather conditions 


  • Certificate or Diploma in Meteorology, or Atmospheric Science with related experience with weather forecasting . An equivalent combination of related education, training and experience may also be considered. 
  • Experience with forecasting, interpreting, and analysis of current weather systems or data.
  • Effective verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex weather systems/events and respond to enquiries both in person and over the phone.
  • Effective written communication skills with the ability to prepare technical reports. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint ) or equivalent computer software programs, and the internet.


  • Experience giving weather briefings and/or weather presentations to small and medium sized audiences 
  • Experience trouble-shooting, calibrating, setting-up, and/or maintaining of data loggers and scientific/electronic measuring equipment.
  • Experience using GPS technology and GIS applications.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System.

Reporting to the Supervisor of Science and Technology, the incumbent is one of two employees responsible for daily weather briefings and forecast analysis for the Wildfire Service. The individual requires a science and meteorological background that can be applied to fire weather forecasting. The ability to utilize and understand the North American numerical weather models (GEM, NAM, GFS, etc.) is an essential component to this position. Having excellent analytical skills, the incumbent will understand and synthesize complex weather systems/events and present them clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form to wildfire management decision makers. The incumbent is also required to visit remote weather stations and complete scheduled annual maintenance activities as well as respond to unscheduled breakdowns and repairs. This includes troubleshooting and hands on problem resolution as well as the calibration, testing, and programming of meteorological sensors and equipment.

Apply to:

Advertisement # 36426

Service Centre 2

Human Resource Services

360-1395 Ellice Avenue

Winnipeg, MB , R3G 3P2

Phone:  204-945-3001

Fax: 204-948-2841


Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions may be grieved and appealed. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor’s representative or the grievor, if unrepresented. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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