Meteorological Operations Specialist

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WindBorne Systems is supercharging weather models with a unique proprietary data source: constellations of next-generation smart weather balloons targeting the most critical atmospheric data. Our long-term vision is to eliminate weather uncertainty, and in the process help humanity adapt to climate change, be that predicting hurricanes or speeding the adoption of renewables. The founding team of Stanford engineers was named Forbes 2019 30 under 30 and is backed by top investors including Khosla Ventures.

WindBorne is seeking a Meteorological Operations Specialist to control our balloon constellation so that it collects as much high-quality data as possible, from supporting launch planning to operating balloons in the air. You’ll use WindBorne’s extensive suite of software tools to navigate the balloon constellation and resolve flight issues caused by unexpected weather conditions or hardware failures. You’ll work with our team of software engineers and meteorologists to implement new features in our software systems that will be valuable for both flight control and customer usage.

We're dedicated to both mitigating climate change and helping humanity adapt to its effects as fast as possible, and you can be a part of our mission to make this global societal impact. If you like the idea of working on cutting edge technology, and working with a fast moving team, WindBorne is the place for you.

Image of a WindBorne balloon
Map of hundreds of WindBorne's flights, covering the entire northern hemisphere
Balloon flight paths from over 500 flights conducted by WindBorne

Roles and responsibilities

  • Fly WindBorne’s constellation of weather balloons using an in-house developed suite of software management tools
  • Provide short-term weather forecasts to plan launch times
  • Collaborate with engineering staff to track and isolate issues that are impacting flights
  • Provide suggestions for improvements to the flight software that will lead to better constellation management
  • Notify government agencies, including the FAA and aircraft Hurricane Hunter teams, of balloon launches and flight paths
  • Conduct balloon launches when needed to support operations
  • Remotely audit and support staff launching balloons at our global launch locations
  • Monitor collected weather data to assure it meets quality standards
  • Manage remote launch site resource levels and work cross functionally to avoid gaps in operations

Skills and Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, or a related field
  • General weather forecasting skills
  • Strong understanding of meteorological observations, weather radar and satellite and numerical weather models
  • Digital native who’s willing to learn complex software tools
  • Exceptional telephone, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to adjust priorities based on changing conditions in a time-constrained operational environment
  • Ability to work shifts outside of normal business hours
  • Scrappiness

Nice to have

  • Experience with analysis of meteorological data using Python
  • Linux usage and administration
  • Computer hardware setup


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Stock Option Plan
  • Office food and beverages


Address: 858 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA.

This position is in person at California office or at our future Boston area satellite office.

What our hardware looks like

Closeup of a WindBorne balloon
Launch rig
Photos taken in Svalbard, Norway, 78°N

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