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Student opportunities at the NWS San Juan are vital in enhancing the educational program for those who wish to get hands-on experience in becoming a meteorologist, IT officer, or ET/HMT technician. The NWS San Juan offers opportunities for students to expand and reach their educational goals.  As the job market becomes more competitive, skills obtained through hands-on experience and research will be vital for the future.  The following link will explain each program available at the NWS San Juan as well as the requirements necessary for acceptance into them.

Additional Employment information can be found on NOAA'S National Weather Service Student Employment Programs website. 

Have you ever applied for a job and been told that they are looking for people with "experience"? Have you ever wondered what it is really like to work in a particular career field? Have you ever been curious about how the Federal Government works? If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, Volunteer Service may be right for you, so visit the USAJOBS Volunteer Service website.  

Educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather with comprehensive, well-organized, colorfully illustrated curricula designed to help teach about the wonders and dangers that abound in the Earth's atmosphere please visit the JetStream Online School for Weather. Local and Spanish version, plus how and where you can study meteorology and related earth sciences, visit Our Earth Sciences page.

 If you have any questions regarding these and other opportunities, please contact our Science & Operations Officer, Ernesto Rodriguez, at .



National Weather Service Student Programs
San Juan, Puerto Rico
August 09, 2012



 The Student Educational Employment Program provides employment opportunities to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree-seeking students taking at least a half-time course load in an accredited pre-college, technical, vocational, 2- or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school. The program comprises two components: the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). 

Tier I -Paid Employment  

1.      Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
         Job opportunities under this program offer you temporary employment. Employment can range from summer jobs to positions that last as long as you are a student. These employment opportunities need not be related to your academic field of study. For more information on STEP go to: 

 2.      Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
         This program offers you valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study. It provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school. It requires a commitment by you, your school and the DOC. You may be eligible for permanent employment under this component after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements. For more information on SCEP go to:

3.      COMET Program 

           Three programs are available under the COMET program. Please check the web page for details at:

Program Features Under SCEP and STEP Programs:

  • Students may be employed year round.
  • Flexible schedule of work assignments.
  • Open to all students...high school, undergraduate, graduate, and vocational/technical. 
Eligibility Requirements are: 
  •  A student enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student (diploma, certificate, etc.). 
  • At least the minimum age required by Federal, State or local laws and standards governing the employment of minors.
  • Taking at least half-time academic, vocational or technical course load in an accredited pre-college program, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • At the beginning of each semester/quarter, each student will produce a letter of verification from their educational institution showing proof of enrollment in school for the upcoming semester/quarter.
  •  Salary and Promotions: The pay you receive will depend on the education and work experience you already possess. As you advance in your education, you may be eligible for promotions based on your work performance, grade point average, and credits earned.


These positions are filled on a competitive basis. The existence and/or number of positions vary from year to year (primarily due to budget considerations). The locations of positions also vary, and it is not known from year to year whether a position will exist at NWS San Juan. 

 Additional Information and Opportunities may be found at: 
For Full-Time Employment:



Tier II -Student Volunteer 

NWS San Juan Student Volunteer Program:
  • Designed for students nearing completion of undergraduate studies or a technical school program, or in a graduate level degree program in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, computer science or engineering. Exceptional students in the pre-college levels may apply for this program (parental or guardian approval required for minor youth).
  • Limited to two students at one time, students work a minimum of 30-60 hours.
  • Student volunteer may extend to a period of 180 days, one year or multi-year.
  • Background investigations and fingerprinting will be required.
  • It is preferred (although not required) that students also earn academic credit for this program. See your local educational institution for details.
  • This is NOT an intern position and should be noted as a Student Volunteer position when applying for future employment.
  • Foreign Nationals are subject to a background investigation.

IMPORTANT: Your school must have a Student Programs Agreement with the National Weather Service. Please check with your Department Chairperson or contact the Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at the NWS for pre-college students. The Student Programs Agreement must be completed and returned to the address below. During the time at NWS San Juan, the student may choose from one of the following as a student volunteer: 

Most popular option, spend at least 30 hours with NWS personnel related to your field of study. For example, if you are studying to be a meteorologist, you will work with a forecaster. If you are studying electronics, you will work with an electronics technician, if you are in computer science you will work with our Information Technology Officer. The checklist below must be completed. You must complete all hours in less than 60 consecutive days, but the tour may be extended. 
Work on an applied research or field project that is of mutual benefit to the student's educational goals and the mission of NWS San Juan. The project does not have to be completed during the volunteer period, but a mutually agreed upon deadline will be determined. For example, a student volunteer may work with NWS San Juan personnel on a research project during the summer that subsequently evolves into a senior capstone project that is completed during the following academic year. No less than 30 hours and no more than 60 hours may be spent at the NWS San Juan office. All hours must be completed in less than 60 consecutive days, but the tour may be extended. 
Spend at least 60 hours with NWS personnel related to your field of study plus complete an assigned project. For example, if you are studying to be a meteorologist, you will work with a forecaster. If you are studying electronics, you will work with an electronics technician. You must complete all hours in less than 60 consecutive days, but the tour may be extended.
Applicant Requirements: 

  •  Students must have completed their first year of university, college or technical school, preferably in a meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or electronics program
  •  Students should have an overall GPA of 2.5 with a GPA of at least 3.0 in their major course of study, though exceptions may be made by the NWS for highly motivated students and upon written or verbal recommendation by a school’s staff member.
  • Students must submit a project proposal. The proposal must be approved in advance by both the NWS San Juan Science and Operations Officer (SOO), and a university faculty member. Proposals should be submitted at least 6 weeks before the proposed starting date.
  •  Students under the age of 18 years must have their parents fill out the PARENTAL PREAUTHORIZATION FOR MEDICAL CARE TO CHILDREN.

These positions are generally split into three time frames, Fall semester, Spring semester and Summer/Winter breaks. We prefer that all the forms below be completed two months prior to the start of your volunteership.
Interested students should prepare to submit their resume and the following forms: 

Optional Application for Federal Employment OF-612 

Declaration of Federal Employment OF-306 
Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions SF-85  

Wage Claim Waiver form   

Security Worksheet form

Parental Medical Release form. (under age 18 years only)

Student Programs Agreement (check with your department Chair or, for pre-college programs, please contact the SOO to setup an agreement with your school)
IMPORTANT: Failure to fill out forms completely will lead to delays in processing.

Please call the contact below before filling out any forms

IMPORTANT: Failure to fill out forms completely will lead to delays in processing.

Please call the contact below before filling out any forms.
Send your resume and all forms to: 
Ernesto Rodriguez
Science and Operations Officer
National Weather Service
4000 Carr. 190
Carolina, PR 00979
(787) 253-4586 ext. 224