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NWS Paducah is Recruiting Student Volunteers for Summer 2023!

The National Weather Service in Paducah, KY, is recruiting up to four student volunteers to help us with important projects and to experience what it is like working at an NWS office! 

The volunteer experience can be either in-person at our office or virtual. Students do not have to reside in the Paducah area to be a volunteer. 

Students Must Meet the Following Mandatory Qualifications: 
  1. Be enrolled at least half time in an atmospheric science or meteorology program at a college or university. 
  2. Have completed your sophomore year. 
  3. Be available to volunteer around eight hours per week from Monday, June 5 to Friday, August 4, 2023. 

How to Apply:

Please email the following information in separate PDF files to derrick.snyder@noaa.gov using the email subject "Student Volunteer Application."

  1. A resume containing the following information:
    • Name.
    • Preferred name or nickname (if applicable). 
    • Email address.
    • Mailing address.
    • Phone number.
    • The university you are attending, your major, and your anticipated graduation date.
    • Name, title, and contact information for a reference in your university's atmospheric science or meteorology department (additional professional or personal references are OK, but not required). 
    • Feel free to include leadership experiences you have done both inside and outside of school. 
  2. A copy of your most recent college transcript (unofficial transcripts are OK).
  3. A one or two page statement of interest introducing yourself, why you would like to be a student volunteer, and what you hope to gain from the experience. 

Applications with the above information can also be mailed to the National Weather Service in Paducah, KY:

National Weather Service
c/o Derrick Snyder
8250 Kentucky Highway 3520
West Paducah, KY 42086-9762


Application Timeline:
  1. Applications Received: Until March 10, 2023.
  2. Reviewing Applications: March 11 to March 24, 2023.
  3. Interviews with Finalists Scheduled: March 27 to March 31, 2023.
  4. Finalists Interviewed (30 Minutes): April 3 to 14, 2023. 
  5. Final Selections: No later than April 21, 2023. 
  6. Security Clearance Process for Volunteers: May 2023.

For More Information:

Please email all inquires to Mary Lamm (mary.lamm@noaa.gov) or Derrick Snyder (derrick.snyder@noaa.gov).