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Recruitment & Selection Timelines
Below are dates & stages conducted during the graduate recruitment campaign.
Applications will open Thursday 2 April and close Thursday 28 May 2015. No late application will be accepted.
Being a meteorologist is about understanding the atmosphere and its effects on the Earth's surface, oceans and life in general. This includes analysing the state of the atmosphere and oceans, and providing forecasts, warnings, information and advice on weather and climate.
As a Graduate Meteorologist, you'll start out as a weather forecaster, and be based in either the Bureau's National Operations Centre in Melbourne, or our Regional Offices located in capital cities. As you gain experience you may get the opportunity to work in smaller offices located in Cairns and Canberra.
As you learn more about this fascinating field of scientific endeavour, you may have the opportunity to specialise in areas, like:
- Severe Weather, including Thunderstorms and Fireweather
- Tropical Meteorology
- Services to the Defence Forces
- Services to the Aviation Industry
- a genuine interest in a career in meteorology
- an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, with a major in a physical science or mathematics, and enough mathematics and physics to be a basis for the study of physical and dynamic meteorology, i.e. completion of study in both these subjects to second year university level
- to be an effective communicator and problem solver who can analyse complex data and highlight fundamental information
- be able to work both independently and collaboratively, and contribute to a productive team environment
- to be of resilient character, with the willingness to work shifts and to accept postings to different geographic locations
- to enjoy working in a dynamic technological environment, dealing with competing priorities and deadlines
- to be an Australian citizen, or permanent resident who is applying for citizenship
- to conduct yourself in accordance with the Bureau's Social Justice Strategy
If your application is successful, you can look forward to participating in a comprehensive training program.
Our meteorology training course is highly regarded and involves a 9-month training course at the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre in Melbourne, starting in late January.
The course is equivalent to one academic year and is of a similar standard to the honours year of a Bachelor degree. The course has a strong emphasis on practical meteorology and covers:
- synoptic, dynamic and physical meteorology
- climatology and oceanography
- satellite and radar data interpretation
- forecasting techniques and client-based hazard identification, and
- the use of modern technology, and BUreau forecasting systems
At the end of your training in November, you will be awarded the nationally accredited Graduate Diploma in Meteorology.
Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be transferred to one of our Regional Offices located in capital cities and some regional centres across Australia to work as a forecaster. Usually in September we confirm your posting location.
Salary and Benefits
The starting salary is $53,372 whilst training. When you've successfully completed the 10-month course, you will advance to a Professional Officer Class 1 Classification or "PO1" and can look forward to a salary range of $56,574 to $75,139 per annum.
You can also earn excellent shift work penalties. Weather Forecasters working 24/7 shifts earn penalty payments which add approximately 30% to the base salary.
In addition, we offer a generous employer-contributed superannuation scheme of 15.4%, as well as competitive leave entitlements.
Promotion and Professional Development
Due to our size, diversity and extensive network of offices across Australia, there are excellent opportunities for promotion and to build a successful and rewarding career. Promotion decisions are based on merit and you can apply for promotional opportunities as they arise.
We also offer a variety of short and longer term temporary assignments in a variety of fantastic locations across Australia, the Antarctic and overseas. Our temporary assignments are professional development opportunities which allow you to expand your professional experience and broaden your specialist skills and knowledge.
To support you, the Bureau offers relocation assistance if you are required to move to Melbourne to undertake our training and/or transfer to a posting location. We help with most costs related to travel, removal of furniture and temporary accommodation.
2016 Graduate Meteorology Commencement date
Successful applicants will need to be available to commence the Graduate Meteorology program in Melbourne late January 2016.
How to Apply
Applications are to be lodged online through our eRecruit system by the closing date.
Prior to lodging your application we recommend you:
- Read the position information, selection criteria and social justice information contained on this website
- Have a current resume detailing relevant employment, skills and qualifications
- Prepare a statement specifically addressing the Selection Criteria for the position
- Scan copies of your official academic transcripts for uploading in eRecruit
When Applying online:
- Please respond to all the online questions, complete your responses to the selection criteria and upload a copy of your resume and academic transcripts.
- Regularly click save during the online application process. If there is no activity for a set period of time the online application process may time out and some ISP’s will automatically disconnect you if there is no communication from your computer for a period of time.
- Prepare your answers to the selection criteria in a word document then copy and paste your responses into the eRecruit system.
- Your resume should be in a Word or PDF format.
- Your academic transcripts should be in PDF or Jpeg format
Further Information on how to apply online through our eRecruit system please refer to How to Apply on this website.
If you need more information about our Graduate Meteorology opportunities, please contact our Recruitment Unit on (03) 9669 4401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org