Below are frequently asked questions for those interested in the Pacific Desk. Please take note that there are different answers for some questions depending on the location of the Pacific Desk (Guam/Hawaii).

Prospective Trainees Guam

The admission screening will consist of representatives from the Pacific Desk. The final selection team will be comprised of representatives from the Pacific Desk, NOAA / NWS and other partnering organizations. The team will strive to create a cohort that appropriately represents the governments, technical areas, gender and ethnicity. 

To apply to the Pacific International Training Desk, please visit our How to Apply page where all pertinent information is displayed.

The Pacific Desk application criteria are flexible. The selection team will evaluate applicants based on their:

  • Formal Education
  • Experience


  • Must be a citizen of one of the following Pacific Island Countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vietnam and Vanuatu. 
  • Must to be able to obtain a US entry visa
  • Must be officially nominated and approved by their home meteorological organization/office.
  • Applicants will be expected to have a fluent level of English.
  • Must have some training and experience in weather observation
  • Limited (one year or less) experience in weather forecasting.
  • Training is geared towards non-Scientific Officers (observers, met technicians, etc.)
  • Training is not for Scientific Officers (forecasters) who have gone through advanced training and met courses (such as the Melbourne BoM), but for senior observers and non-scientific officers who might want to become forecasters
  • Written explanation may be provided for justification of any deviation from the above criteria.

The successful functioning of the Pacific Desk requires collective efforts from all jurisdictions to:

  1. Disseminate and distribute program information and initiate the application process.
  2. Encourage potential candidates to apply.
  3. Support candidates throughout their training time to ensure they successfully complete the program.
  4. Ensure that the absence of the nominee during his/her studies abroad will not have any adverse effects on his/her status, seniority, salary, pension and similar rights.

Each cohort will have 2-5 participants.

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