Host (Meteorologist and Science Specialist) – VAN00840

Job Family

  Programming (TV-Radio-Web)

Primary Location


Position Language Requirement  English Only

Language Skill Levels (Reading / Writing / Speaking)  C C C

Status of Employment  Temporary

Work schedule(s)  Full-time


What it’s like working at CBC/Radio-Canada

At CBC/Radio-Canada, we create content that informs, entertains and connects Canadians on multiple platforms. Our successes and accomplishments are driven by embodying and upholding values, which include creativity, integrity, inclusiveness and relevance. 

Do you think you have the ability and drive to keep up with this exciting, ever-changing industry? Whether it be in front of the camera, on air, online or behind the scenes, you would be joining a team that thrives on making connections and telling stories that are important to Canadians.

Your role

Passionate about weather and science? Have a knack for telling stories about why weather and science matter? Have a talent for digital tools and on-air presentation? Then you might be the next CBC News Vancouver-based local and network weather and science specialist.

CBC News is seeking a Host (specializing in Meteorology and Science) in Vancouver. 

This is a temporary position for a period of 15 months.


You will analyze and interpret meteorological data/reports, using models, synoptic analysis, satellite and radar imagery, warnings and watches, monitor changing weather conditions and severe weather warnings, for local, national and international weather reporting to be used for weather broadcasts including special forecasts and commentary for breaking weather events.

In addition, as a science specialist, on a daily basis you will track developing science and natural disaster stories and issues and deliver daily stories on how those developments affect us. You will analyze and interpret scientific data, published papers, conference findings, government actions and policies, etc. and be prepared to communicate their significance clearly and compellingly to CBC News audiences at a local and national level.

You will deliver those forecasts, stories and analysis on a daily basis on network and local television, local radio and online.

Work is governed by CBC journalistic and programming policies and standards. Advice and guidance are regularly available but there is latitude for initiative and independent judgment. There may be opportunity to coordinate the work of others and close co-operation with program units is essential.

Key Tasks:

  • Develops and maintains contacts with a variety of sources.
  • Conducts analysis of facts and information from Environment Canada and other data providers, analyses and draws conclusions or raises issues requiring further investigation.
  • Ability to go live on air without a script or teleprompter.
  • Gathers, analyses, interprets and reports information from various sources.
  • Decides which elements should be included in reporting, their order, length and sequence, as well as the method of transition from one element to another.
  • Contributes ideas or program content; participates in preparation of program objectives.
  • Ability to prepare own weather graphics for on air or digital presentation.

As required, performs the following tasks:

  • Critically analyse and edit material provided by others.
  • Determine, in according with established routine, the sequence and timing of the elements that make up a weathercast which is typically of a predetermined format and for which the majority of content is prepared by you.
  • Liaises with other staff to ensure required material is available.
  • Presents information and/or analysis on air in a variety of formats including television, radio and online.
  • Follows particular areas of current public interest or concern, including storm-chasing.
  • Prepares and writes scripts, continuity and headlines.
  • Performs other production or administrative tasks associated with the smooth functioning of the newsroom, program unit or station.
  • Participates in community/public events, including speaking engagements, related to their expertise.


We are looking for a candidate with the following: 

Objective Criteria:

Education Required

  • Bachelor of Science degree or Certificate in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or other comparable discipline. Higher degrees are an asset. University degree must include coursework in synoptic meteorology, atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics.

Experience Required

  • Job requires five years of directly related experience that includes proven ability in the field and knowledge of the broadcasting industry, including the essential ability to report for broadcast.
  • Knowledge of WSI weather graphics system is an asset.

Subjective Criteria:

  • An engaging on-air presence, strong presentation style and ease with live reporting are essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Independent, self-motivated, self-starter.
  • Good journalistic and science judgment.
  • Ability to work effectively to meet tight deadlines is required.
  • Must have the ability to handle a variety of functions quickly and efficiently.
  • Must be a team player with exceptional people skills and the ability to develop strong working relationships with newsroom and network colleagues.

Please include additional documentation or a link to your online demo or website, blog or video in your cover letter.

Candidates may be subject to skills and knowledge testing.

If this sounds interesting, please apply online! We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

CBC/Radio-Canada is committed to being a leader in reflecting our country’s diversity. That’s because we can only create and tell the stories that connect Canadians, by having a workforce that mirrors the ever-changing makeup of our country. That’s why we, as an employer, value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada’s public broadcaster. For more information, visit theDiversity and Inclusion section of our website. If you have accommodation needs at this stage of the recruitment process, please inform us as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to

You are invited to consult and familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct, which can be found on our corporate website. All employees must adhere to the Code as a condition of employment. We also invite you to take a look at our policy on conflicts of interest. In the event that you become an employee, it will be important to inform us, as quickly as possible, of any situation that, because of your hiring, constitutes or could appear to constitute a conflict of interest.

Wherever in the wording of the job description either gender is used, it shall be understood to include all genders.

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