Hunter Geography Alumni Focus


Victoria Oliva (BA 2011)
Meteorologist at Wilmington, NC Weather Forecasting Office


The Department of Geography extends our congratulations and best wishes to Victoria Oliva in continuing her career in weather forecasting.

Victoria Oliva, a native of Brooklyn and a Hunter College BA in Environmental Earth Science with departmental honors in the spring of 2011, was recently offered a job as an Entry Level Meteorologist at the Wilmington, NC Weather Forecasting Office. Her duties will include observing and recording atmospheric conditions to support office operations and operating communications systems to provide assistance with public outreach and weather briefings to variety of customers.

Ms. Oliva was always interested in meteorology, especially storms. While taking classes in this department, she worked with the weather station on the roof of Hunter College with Dr. Frei in her junior year, which got her started on the road to operational meteorological work. After graduating from Hunter, Ms. Oliva moved to North Carolina State University, where she graduated in 2013 with an MA in Atmospheric Science and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. During graduate school, she was accepted into a summer student intern program at the Raleigh National Weather Service, where she found what she wanted to do as a career.

After graduation from NC State, she stayed in contact with the Raleigh NWS, volunteering and helping with research projects that were later presented at a professional conference. She continued to take classes at NC State needed in order to apply to NWS jobs, while also volunteering for Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. After years of hard work and perseverance, Ms. Oliva will finally begin the career that, as she says, “I've been preparing myself for since I started at Hunter College.”

Published: March 16, 2018