Hydrometeorologist - Flood Forecasting Centre

£36,389 yearly
  • Environment Agency
  • Manley House, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, UK
  • 26 Jul, 2022
Full time Flood Modelling Flood Risk Management Flood Management

Job Description

Hydrometeorologist - Flood Forecasting Centre


Salary Minimum is £36,389

Job description

The Hydrometeorologist job represents the entry level into the Flood Forecasting Centre’s (FFC) team of technical specialists. The appointment begins with a programme of meteorological or hydrological training (depending on your initial skill set), followed by hydrometeorology focussed training delivered through the Met Office College and the FFC’s Hydrometeorology Technical Development Programme. 

Based in the Met Office’s Operations Centre, you will work at the forefront of flood forecasting science. You will be part of the FFC’s 24x7 operational roster delivering a range of hydrometeorological products and services that have a significant input into customers’ (Category 1 and 2 Responders including the EA and Natural Resources Wales Flood Forecasting and Incident Management teams) decision-making and associated warning services. Team members will commit to working on the FFC’s 24x7 roster which includes on-call arrangements. Team members will also have opportunities to work on projects to develop and improve the FFC’s technical capability and customer focussed services. 

You will be expected to engage with Continuing Professional Development activities which will complement day to day activities within the centre and provide opportunities to enhance skills and experience in areas such project management, customer engagement and service delivery.

The team

The FFC continues to work to improve its technical capability to forecast, model and warn against all natural sources of flooding to provide emergency responders with longer lead times to prepare and respond. Through its team of hydrometeorologists the FFC brings together the disciplines of hydrology and meteorology to help ‘bridge the gap’ between weather and flood forecasting in order to provide a seamless service from weather forecasts through to impacts on the ground.

Experience/skills required

  • A degree in meteorology, a physical science or mathematics (at 2:2 or higher), or relevant technical experience.
  • A-levels or the direct equivalent (e.g. Scottish Highers) in mathematics and physics are desirable, however, alternative ways of demonstrating the required standard in maths and physics may also be acceptable, including through relevant technical experience.
  • Expertise in hydrology, with capability in areas such as hydrological modelling, flood risk management and flood forecasting, or already having successfully completed the Met Office Operational Meteorologist Foundation Course or equivalent.

The above criteria are essential, you will need to provide evidence in your application. 

Additional information 

If not already a qualified meteorologist the successful candidate will need to undertake a 3-month training course at the Met Office Exeter (beginning November 2022), followed by 3 months on-the-job training (which includes shift work). Annual leave is restricted during these periods.

If not already an experienced hydrologist the successful candidate will need to undertake training in relevant areas of hydrology.

Continuation in the role will be conditional on the successful candidate completing and passing the Met Office Operational Meteorologist Foundation Course and the subsequent on-the job training and assessments (if not already a qualified meteorologist).

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Closing date: 14 August 2022.