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2018 Summer Student Volunteer Program

Applications Package Due by February 10, 2018


The National Weather Service in Wakefield is accepting applications for our Summer Student Volunteer Program for 2018. Any students interested in this competitive opportunity should be enrolled at a college/university pursuing a degree in meteorology or a related science (such as climatology, atmospheric science, etc.).

The volunteer program at NWS Wakefield will allow the student to become familiar with a NWS field office and assist in day to day operations. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to conduct a mentored research project which will be presented to local NWS staff at the end of the summer.

To apply for this volunteer position you must submit the following by the deadline of February 10, 2018:

  1. Submit this online application found at this link -> Volunteer Application Form 
  2. Mail your Resume including previous experience and references as well as your latest GPA.
  3. Mail your most recent college transcript(s) (unofficial are acceptable).

Please mail your resume and transcript directly to:

National Weather Service

Attn: Mike Dutter

10009 General Mahone Highway

Wakefield, VA 23888

Applications submitted and resume/transcripts postmarked by February 10, 2018 will be accepted.  After all application materials are received, applicants will be reviewed and considered for a possible interview.

Expected Duties for Summer Volunteers:

  • Work approximately 16-24 hours each week (hours/days can be variable).
  • Conduct a mentored research project focusing on the local region.
  • Present findings of research project to local NWS staff.
  • Become familiar with NWS functions/operations and assist day to day operations.

Other Possible Duties for Volunteers:

  • Assist with local storm surveys and/or hydro-meteorological surveys.
  • Assist in developing social media posts for weather events.
  • Assist in case reviews for weather events.

This is an unpaid position. However, it is possible that you may be able to gain class credit for time volunteering. Please check with your local college/university for those details.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Science and Operations Officer - Mike Dutter (email:  Phone: 757-899-4200 x224) 

Due to privacy concerns, please do not email your application package.