May 27, 2024

Job Description

KCRA 3, the news leader in Sacramento and a Hearst Television station, is looking for a dynamic and experienced meteorologist for our 4PM and 10PM newscasts. The successful candidate thoroughly understands the science and has mastered the art of making the forecast engaging and easy to follow for our audience. This meteorologist will work closely with our Chief Meteorologist and will be actively involved in the editorial process, setting the tone for coverage of weather events. We are looking for an accurate forecaster who provides the best early warning of active conditions, keeps our viewers safe during severe weather and stays cool under pressure. This meteorologist will be delivering life-saving information on-air as well as connecting with viewers through digital and social platforms. In-person attendance is required.


Job Responsibilities

  • Provide viewers with accurate, compelling, and understandable forecasts.
  • Create dynamic and innovative graphics to help tell the weather story with clarity.
  • Provide urgent weather information that helps the audience prepare for active and severe weather.
  • Get on first for severe weather, providing real-time storm tracks, analysis and other information to keep viewers safe.
  • Contribute to daily editorial meetings.
  • Go live in the field for active weather events.
  • Consistently contribute engaging content on all TV, digital and social platforms.
  • Operate with unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours as needed, especially for severe weather

Required Skills 

  • Dynamic, polished and authoritative presence with a conversational weather presentation for all platforms
  • In-depth knowledge of weather science and microclimate forecasting
  • Proven on-air experience in handling breaking weather coverage, including storms, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, hazardous winds, extreme heat and more.
  • Proficient in using the Weather Company’s MAX system and other weather technology
  • Must be a team player who collaborates enthusiastically and proactively


Required Qualifications

  • 5-10 years of forecasting experience
  • CBM, AMS and/or NWA seal
  • Bachelor’s degree in meteorology or related field
  • Bilingual experience is a plus.
  • Hearst Television is a proud supporter of military veterans. DINFOS experience will be considered.

The estimated base salary range for this role is between $120,000 and $170,000. The actual base pay offered is dependent upon many factors, such as transferable skills, work experience, business needs, market demands and conditions, including geographic location where the work will be performed, and other factors permitted by law. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future.