Meteorologist - Professional Officer Class 2
Overview of the role
As an Antarctic meteorologist you will be responsible for providing forecasting support for the Australian Antarctic program (AAp) with duties ranging from aviation weather forecasting, through to marine services to local station and field party forecasts. You will also liaise with the observing staff as necessary to ensure observational coverage for mission critical forecasts. You will interact with Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) station and aviation management staff to ensure that the forecasting outputs meet the needs of the AAp.
What you will actually do
- Provide aviation forecasts and briefings in support of the AAp Air Transport System (ATS).
- Provide, on request, marine forecasts in support of AAp research and resupply vessels.
- Provide routine station and field camp forecasts and briefings.
- Where able, provide forecasting support to other international agencies operating in Antarctica.
- Provide data or advice of a meteorological nature to personnel on station.
- Provide sea-ice imagery from the Davis L-Band or Casey X-Band facility on request.
- Maintain a watch for hazards, and report on hazards and incidents as required.
As well as these specific job roles you will also be required to, in common with all other expeditioners, perform duties rostered by the Station Leader to support the community life of the expedition, such as general kitchen duties, garbage clearance and water duties. There will also be opportunities to assist other expedition members with official programs that may include supporting scientific research, aviation operations, field camps or undertaking over-land traverses to outlying regions.
Required skills, knowledge and attributes
- Science degree with a major in maths and/or physics, and a post-graduate Diploma of Meteorology from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, or a recognised equivalent level of qualification.
- Demonstrated skills in operational meteorology sufficient to carry out the forecast duties listed above.
- Demonstrated ability to work largely unsupervised in an often demanding role.
- Demonstrated level of oral and written communication skills sufficient to carry out the forecasting and briefing role detailed above.
Personal qualities requirements
As a member of a small community there are also personal attribute requirements which the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) assess very closely. You will need to meet the personal qualities criteria listed below. To be successful you will:
- Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
- Demonstrate that you can make a positive contribution to community and team.
- Demonstrate that you respond to authority and are compliant with the law, legislative requirements, Bureau of Meteorology and AAD policies and procedures,
- Demonstrate a commitment to Australian Antarctic program specific requirements.
Medical, psychological and security screening
If you are assessed as meeting the above job related and personal quality requirements, you will be required to undergo medical, psychological and security screening. Meeting the requirements of these is mandatory.
- The AAD's Polar Medicine Unit will decide on your medical fitness for duty in Antarctica following tests conducted on our behalf by a nominated medical practitioner (currently Medibank Health Solutions).
- Psychological assessments are conducted on our behalf by the Directorate of Psychology, Department of Defence.
- Security checks vary depending on the role required. This may be limited to a police record check.