Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow?  A  position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

Position Summary

Assess and predict weather conditions that contribute to the ignition, spread, and behavior of wildfires. Utilize weather expertise and technical skills to develop and implement strategies to support Xcel Energy’s Wildfire Mitigation plans.  Provide essential meteorological insights including potentially statistical skills that guide wildfire prevention, response, and management efforts. Effectively communicate high impact weather events that may increase wildfire risks.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Fire Weather Monitoring: Monitor and analyze weather patterns, including temperature, humidity, wind speed, and precipitation to identify conditions conducive to wildfire ignition and spread.
  • Modeling and Prediction: Collect, process, and analyze meteorological and fire danger data from various sources, including surface observations and wildland fire databases. Utilize programming skills to collect, analyze, and display this information as needed.  Utilize fire behavior models and historical data to predict fire growth, intensity, and direction. Provide real-time information to support firefighting efforts.
  • Risk Assessment: Assess wildfire risks associated with Xcel Energy’s infrastructure, transmission lines, and substations. Identify vulnerable areas and develop mitigation plans.
  • Early Warning Systems: Collaborate with emergency response teams to develop early warning systems for wildfire events. Provide timely alerts and recommendations based on meteorological data.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with government agencies, fire departments, and other stakeholders to coordinate wildfire prevention and response strategies.
  • Education and Outreach: Educate internal teams, field personnel, and the public about fire weather conditions, safety protocols, and best practices.
  • Research and Innovation: Stay informed about advancements in wildfire meteorology, climate change impacts, and technology. Contribute to research projects and implement innovative solutions.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Previous experience in wildfire meteorology or fire behavior modeling.
  •  Minimum of 3 years of experience in wildfire meteorology, weather forecasting, weather modeling, or related experience.  
  • Experience with meteorological modeling tools, GIS software, and remote sensing tool.  
  • Working knowledge of Python, R, Power BI, SQL preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret complex weather data. Excellent communication skills to convey weather-related information effectively.
  •  Knowledge of wildfire management protocols and emergency response procedures.
  • Certification from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) or similar organization is preferred.

As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $92,300.00 to $130,566.66 per year

This position is eligible for the following benefits: Annual Incentive Program, Medical/Pharmacy Plan, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, Health Care Reimbursement Account, Health Savings Account (HSA) (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Limited-Purpose FSA (if enrolled in eligible health plan and HSA), Transportation Reimbursement Account, Short-term disability (STD), Long-term disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Fitness Center Reimbursement (if enrolled in eligible health plan), Tuition reimbursement, Transit programs, Employee recognition program, Pension, 401(k) plan, Paid time off (PTO), Holidays, Volunteer Paid Time Off (VPTO), Parental Leave

Benefit plans are subject to change and Xcel Energy has the right to end, suspend, or amend any of its plans, at any time, in whole or in part.

Deadline to Apply: 05/22/24

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