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The National Weather Service in Great Falls is currently hiring a Science & Operations Officer!


Deadline to apply: September 19, 2022

For non-NWS applicants:
Current NWS employees:



Great Falls is located in central Montana just east of the Continental Divide at the historically significant confluence of the Missouri and Sun Rivers. The expedition of Lewis and Clark was forced to portage around the spectacular waterfalls for which the city is named. Great Falls has a population of nearly 60,000 which includes the community of Malmstrom AFB on the east end of town. 

Montanans call the state “The Last, Best Place” and many have come here only to remain thanks to the clear air, clean water, outdoor activities, and picturesque beauty. Within a few hours’ drive are Glacier, Yellowstone, and Teton National Parks, as well as many other national and state parks and forests making Great Falls an ideal launching point for adventure. Within an hour of the city you can find ample opportunities for camping, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and hunting, while the many rivers, and streams offer world-class blue ribbon fly-fishing, rafting, and canoeing. In fact, you don’t even need to leave town to enjoy the outdoors; right in the city - Giant Springs State Park and nearly 60 miles of walking and cycling paths of the Rivers Edge Trail to provide immediate outdoor satisfaction. 

With a symphony orchestra, many museums, universities, a fine public school system, a thriving medical hub, and an affordable cost of living (90/100) in a state with no sales tax, Great Falls is a great place to raise a family. Home of famed western artist C.M. Russell, Great Falls has become a Western Art Capitol and every year in March, thousands of pieces of western art are displayed and sold to art collectors from all around the nation and the world. 

Forecasting weather within the region’s continental climate and varied terrain offers a whole range of challenges. Winter snow, cold spells, and Chinook winds give way in spring, yielding to greening fields and rivers swollen with snowmelt runoff and spring rains. Thunderstorms, occasionally severe, lead into a dry and warm summer. Wildfire season then presents new challenges, leading back to the first snows of fall. 

Our office culture is one of an empowered workforce - embracing change and aligning local efforts with larger agency goals. Our whole office concept encourages team members to step outside their comfort zones, to take risks, to grow, and to develop leadership skills. We value support, celebrate one another, and that spirit of camaraderie leads to better service for partners and the public. WFO Great Falls is the NWS liaison for the State of Montana and has a CWA of over 50,000 square miles - larger than the entire state of Mississippi. As a Science & Operations Officer, you will oversee operations serving a wide variety of federal, state, tribal, and local partners, all coping with impacts ranging from droughts, blizzards, severe weather, flooding, wildfires and more. 

If you are looking for something new and adventurous, weather that will test your skill as well as your patience, and an opportunity to grow and excel, we have a job for you. If you’re interested in applying or would like to know more, please contact either Don Britton or Robert Hart


Don Britton 

Robert Hart
Warning Coordination Meteorologist

National Weather Service 
5324 Tri-Hill Frontage Rd 
Great Falls, MT 59404