Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist United Kingdom

Royal Navy
Full Time United Kingdom 21000 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

At a glance
6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year


The minimum you’ll earn after training


Qualifications needed


Medical and dental care


Earn over this amount as you progress


All around the world

What you’ll do

Helping to plan global missions for Royal Marines Commandos and our state-of-the-art aircraft and warships is a huge responsibility. That’s what you’ll be doing as a Royal Navy Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist: building a detailed picture of environmental conditions so that our missions are operationally effective. It’s a challenging role, and you’ll work in some of the most diverse environments in the world, whether you’re on an Ice Patrol Ship in the Antarctic, or supporting flying operations from one of our new Aircraft Carriers.

Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist, Warfare branch

My job is all about measuring and recording sea and weather conditions, which means I get to see a lot of the world, and some of the more interesting environments.


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Your role

You’ll get to choose whether you specialise in Hydrography or Meteorology, and from day one you’ll work towards a Foundation Degree, and then a BSc.
Hydrographers complete ocean and coastal surveys, recording information on currents, water composition and depth.
Meteorologists measure the environmental impact on operations, determining cloud cover for our aircraft or oceanographic information for our submarines, and ultimately forecasting the weather.
Both roles use some of the most advanced kit on the planet.

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
Attain a Level 3 Data Technician Apprenticeship
GCSEs, A-Levels and the option to complete a BSc
Specialist vocational qualifications, with a significant financial contribution from us

Skills you'll develop
The ability to collect, process and analyse complex data, while understanding how to use it to our advantage
How to use advanced survey equipment and environmental sensors
Pay and benefits
A salary of over £21,000+ after initial training
Potential earnings rising to over £54,500 as your career progresses
Get additional pay starting at £1.90 per day if you specialise in Hydrography
An excellent pension scheme
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care

Career progression

Professional training at HMS Raleigh, learn basic military skills


Join your first ship or Royal Naval Air Station, develop skills


Become Leading Hand, join a ship or shore establishment


Become Petty Officer, lead a team, take increased responsibility

What you'll need

You must be aged 16 to 39
No qualifications are required for this role
A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests
Analytical thinking and good communication skills
Interest in cutting-edge technology
A passion for working in new and unique environments
Team player
An adventurous spirit

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. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

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

Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, including a Swimming Test and a fitness assessment, is a pass or fail course

Start training

Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist
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