Become a Meteorologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada

Join us as an Operational Meteorologist, an important part of the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC).

Explore your new career with us

The recruitment cycle for meteorologists typically begins early in the year. Check back here to see when the next recruitment process has launched. To receive a notification when the next process goes live, sign up for an account at the Government of Canada jobs website and set up e-mail alerts for jobs open to the public. Make sure to specify the classification MT-Meteorology.

Reasons to join our team

The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) is one of the nation’s oldest government institutions and our meteorologists have helped Canadians make informed decisions about their health, safety and economic prosperity for over 150 years. Since its earliest days, the MSC has continued to evolve and now uses one of the fastest supercomputers in the world to run its weather models. If you love science and want to help Canadians stay prepared, become part of the future of Canada’s weather service by joining our passionate team!

We consider your prior operational experience

Candidates with prior experience as operational meteorologists may be qualified to skip part or all of the Meteorologist Occupational Training Program when they apply for a Direct Entry position at the MT-02 or MT-03 level.

This prior experience must be full-time work of at least two consecutive years within the past 10 years, where the candidate’s main duty was analyzing and diagnosing weather and producing forecasts. Candidates who meet these criteria will be separately assessed for positions directly at the MT-02 and/or MT-03 levels after applying.

We offer entry-level positions working in both official languages

While bilingualism is always an asset, we do offer a variety of entry-level positions in either English or French that do not require you to be bilingual. However, as you advance through the training program and are deployed to various prediction centres across the country, different language requirements will apply. Language training may be provided. 

We have clear guidelines for overtime

One of the key conditions of employment is the ability to work overtime. However, overtime is occasional and usually arises on a shift-by-shift basis to cover for sick leave or to provide help on days where a higher than usual workload is anticipated.

We have policies for relocation

If you are offered a position in another location, relocation assistance will be provided under the terms of the Initial Appointees Relocation Program. All future deployments under the mobility clause are covered by the National Joint Council Relocation Directive.

We thoughtfully match employees with posting locations

We match meteorologists with posting locations by considering MSC’s requirements as well as competencies, preferences and personal circumstances of the employee when and if possible. Employees are asked to rank their posting location preferences each year.

Our training begins every fall

Our classroom courses typically begin each year in late September or early October. Prior to starting work, you will be required to obtain a reliability-level security clearance and relocate to Edmonton or Montreal with employer assistance. You will need to obtain your university degree by June of that year.

We have opportunities for specialization

If you are interested in a career in research and development, the operational internship program is still an excellent path for you. After spending a few years in an operational prediction centre, meteorologists could transition to a career in research and development.

We have opportunities to work in multiple programs and sectors

Being an MSC meteorologist gives you the opportunity to tailor your career and hone your skills to your interests. We offer opportunities working with Aviation and Defence Services, the Public and marine programs, Client Services, the Canadian Hurricane Centre, and more.

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