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[Met-jobs] Operational Meteorological Technician

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Met Office: Operational Meteorological Technician


Job Title: Operational Meteorological Technician
Location: Various
Working Pattern: SHIFT
Salary: per Year Min 19127 Max 19127 In GBP
Agreement Type: Temporary

Salary Information:

Salary starting at £20,250 per annum with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £21,766  pa per annum. 

An additional unsocial hours allowance of £4,000 pa may be applicable depending on the role.


The Met Office is an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is the UK’s internationally-renowned national meteorological service. We have been providing world-leading weather forecasts for more than 160 years and our public services and warnings are a part of everyday life for the people of Britain. The Met Office's leading-edge capabilities assist the UK and the international community in meeting the twin challenges of forecasting the weather and understanding and planning for a changing climate. We deliver a wide range of services and expert advice to both public and private sector organisations.  

As a Met Office Operational Meteorological Technician, you’ll work at the forefront of weather and climate science, interpreting real-time data, delivering meteorological services and supporting our Operational Meteorologists to advise our diverse customer group.  You will be at the heart of the Met Office’s operations, using our state-of the-art technology and weather information to support our partners in across a number of sectors including our public weather service and Defence.  

We are initially looking for Operational Meteorological Technicians to join one of our teams in either Exeter or various locations across our Defence network. We will provide you with some initial training at our world leading Met Office College in Exeter. The training will depend on the team you are joining but may include observations, basic meteorology and media script writing. You will then spend a period of time refining these skills during on the job training, before going live on an operational roster.  

If you are an Operational Meteorological Technician with the right level of educational qualifications, we will work with you to ensure you develop the skills to join our Operational Meteorologist Foundation Course (OMFC) in Autumn 2020. We will also provide you with time to spend getting to know the wider Met Office and the diverse range of customers we support. 

Job Purpose:

Provide support to our Operational Meteorologists in providing accurate and timely, high-impact forecasts, observations and advice to a range of key Met Office customers, meeting our service agreements and deliver excellent customer service. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Monitor current weather observations data and other information, providing alerts of changes in weather story to meteorologists in a comprehensive and timely manner, to allow them to update and advise customer. 
  • By following guidance, support the production of weather services to a variety of Met Office customers. 
  • Undertake observations in support of the customers decision making. 
  • Develop your personal skills to ensure you are ready to take up a place on our Operational Meteorology Foundation Course in autumn 2020. 

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. A degree in meteorology, a physical science, mathematics or engineering (at 2:2 or higher). 
  2. Demonstrate your interest in the weather and how it impacts on you.
  3. A-level mathematics or AS physics or the direct equivalent (e.g. IB, Scottish Highers).  If you do not hold A-level mathematics or AS physics qualifications (or the direct equivalent) you will need to supply alternative evidence that you meet the pre-requisite standard as outlined below*. 

*Required standard of mathematics and physics for the OMFC 

As we intend to help you develop your skills to be able to to secure a place on our Operational Meteorology Foundation Course, which uses many of the physical and mathematical concepts covered at A-level and prior knowledge of one of the following topics is expected: 

  • Mathematics: Linear algebra and vector calculus; Differential and integral calculus; Ordinary and partial differential equations; Probability theory and statistics. 
  • Physics: Fundamentals of mechanics; Basic thermodynamics; Wave theory/fluid motion; Basics of electromagnetic radiation/electromagnetism. 

Competence in the maths or physics topics listed above will be tested in a technical test (see attached) as part of the selection process. 

If you do not hold A-level mathematics or AS or A-level physics qualifications (or the direct equivalent) you will need to supply alternative evidence that you meet the pre-requisite standard in addition to your CV and covering letter.  This could be successful completion of a university foundation year in science or successful completion of degree modules that make significant use of the mathematics and physics topics listed above. In these instances, please provide a syllabus outline or a link to online module descriptors (example 1example 2). 

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Evidence of contributing effectively as a member of a team and an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining good working relationships. 
  2. Proven ability to ensure people get the information they need, on time and in an appropriate manner and format. 
  3. An appreciation of customer needs and the importance of good customer service.

Additional Supplementary Information:

In order to progress onto the OMFC you will require the relevant degree, maths and physics standards stated in the desirable criteria. If you have a relevant degree, but do not hold the maths and physics, we will work with you over the year to develop those skills to the required standard, in order to progress onto the OMFC in autumn 2020.  

This is initially a 12 month fixed term contract. Should you develop the required prerequisite skills to be competent enough to sit our OMFC, you will be be transferred onto a permanent contract as a Trainee Operational Meteorologist. 

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below to complete the online application form. 

Key Dates: Closing date 12/05/2019 with assessment centres expected at the beginning of June and interviews shortly after. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

This post requires you to gain full security clearance due to the nature of the role. Therefore, in order obtain full clearance you will need to have lived at the same address in the UK for 2 years out of the last 5 years, or lived in the UK for 3 out of the last 5 years if you have lived at various addresses.

All new starters to the Met Office will commence on the salary band minimum. 


Our Operational Meteorologist Technicians work a variety of shifts with the pattern dependant on the customer and location. The most common shift working pattern involves 12 hour shifts covering both days and nights, but other shift patterns including morning/evening and can often include an element of weekend working. During your training you will work standard days whilst studying in the college and shifts when completing your on-the-job training. 

Unsocial hours allowance of £4,000 may be applicable depending on the role.

Closing Date: 12/05/2019


Click here to apply online


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