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Hydrography and Meteorology Officer

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Royal Navy

Holywood, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Band

$5 to $25 million (USD)


Published 1674 days ago

High demand role

This is a highly competitive role with a potential long lead time to join.

You may wish to consider joining the Royal Navy as a Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist.


At a glance

Your minimum salary from day one


Earning potential after two years

6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year


Medical and dental care


Opportunities early on


All around the world

What you’ll do

From the Caribbean to the Antarctic, you’ll lead the way in collecting, processing and analysing meteorological and oceanographic information. Using your excellent leaderships skills, you’ll play an important part in preparing key missions, coordinating the teams that analyse environmental factors around the globe. Once you’ve trained as a Hydrographic and Meteorology Officer, you can then specialise in either hydrography, or meteorology and oceanography.

Hydrography and Meteorology Officer, Warfare branch

My job takes me all over the world, as I lead my team on some truly fascinating research projects. I also get to work alongside pilots from the Fleet Air Arm, which is really rewarding.


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Your role

Process and communicate essential environmental data to use to our operational advantage.
Maintain some of our most vital international partnerships, either through training domestic teams, or by using your expertise to help allies.
If you specialise in hydrography, you’ll most likely spend your time on board a survey vessel.
As a Meteorologist you’ll focus on the tactical implications of weather and atmospheric conditions for our aircraft, ships and submarines.

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
There’s potential for a degree and even a Masters
Internationally recognised professional qualifications, with a significant financial contribution from us

Skills you'll develop
Unique Naval leadership and management skills that are highly valued by civilian employers
Focussed expertise in hydrography, meteorology or oceanography
Pay and benefits
A starting salary of at least £27,000
Earn up to £33,000 after two years
An excellent pension scheme
Extra pay for days spent at sea
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care

Career progression

Initial Naval Training at Britannia Royal Naval College


Professional training, Basic HM Course at HMS Drake


Enhance your skills, study scientific theory, go to sea


Responsible for the day-to-day running of the department


Advanced training, choose Hydrography or Meteorology

What you'll need
You must be aged 18 to 39
You’ll need a minimum of 72 UCAS points. These can be accrued from either GCE A/AS levels (or equivalent) or National Diplomas (e.g., BTEC). UCAS points must include one AS Level Maths or Science subject.
You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics
You must be a United Kingdom citizen or British Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
You must have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously prior to application
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests
Strong analytical thinking and decision-making abilities
An ability to thrive in high-pressure situations and extreme conditions
A confident leader who can also work well in a team
A sense of adventure

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

Submit an application

Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

Medical and eye tests

These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you


You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

This stage is unique to officers and takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy as an officer and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance

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