Technical Officer Observer

A new outlook for your career

Trainee Technical Officer - Observer

Application Opening and Closing Dates

The Bureau is currently reviewing network capability in this field. Recruitment advice will be posted on completion of this process.

The role:

As a Trainee Technical Officer (Observer), you'll have access to a terrific range of opportunities, and be able work in our different offices performing a variety of interesting tasks.

  • Our Field Meteorological Offices use scientific instrumentation, electronic equipment, computers and radars to collect and record meteorological data for climate, forecasting and aviation purposes. You will provide meteorological information to specialised groups and members of the public, quality-check and maintain instrumentation and systems, and help staff with network management.
  • In our Regional Offices, you will provide quality control of incoming data, operate specialised meteorological computing systems, prepare reports, and help maintain our co-operative and volunteer observer networks.
  • At Head Office, you will help monitor and develop new observations systems or provide scientific support in research projects, as well as collect, check and archive climatological data, and provide staff training.

You need:

  • a genuine interest in a career in observational meteorology
  • to be a great communicator who enjoys working with clients
  • demonstrated flexibility, independence, interpersonal skills and resourcefulness
  • to be happy to work shifts
  • to be willing to accept postings to remote and isolated locations
  • to be a problem solver who is methodical when it comes to finding faults, analysing technical problems, and working safely
  • a Diploma, or equivalent, in a physical science with some math. IT studies would be an advantage as would an aptitude for electronics or engineering
  • to be an Australian citizen, or permanent resident who is applying for citizenship.


If your application is successful, you can look forward to participating in a comprehensive training program conducted by the Bureau of Meteorology's Training Centre.

Training starts in March. You'll spend most of your first year in Melbourne undertaking an intensive and specialised course.

Our training course is practical, highly regarded, and covers the following modules:

  • basic meteorology
  • surface observations (including aviation and synoptic)
  • upper air observations (including radar, radiosonde and hydrogen systems)
  • climate and consultancy practices
  • meteorological information services
  • local area network assistance
  • first-in-maintenance
  • Certificate III in Government (two modules)
  • station administration and OH&S
  • field station simulation (including shift-work) and on-the-job training.

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be relocated for on-the-job training, usually to your region of posting. We'll let you know where you will be posted in September.

Our Observer training is conducted at the Bureau of Meteorology's Field Training Annexe, located at Glenitta Avenue, Broadmeadows. Victoria.


The Bureau has a huge network of meteorological offices, and they all need great people, just like you. Roles vary from permanent postings, to national field office pool positions, and national leave relief pool positions.

Permanent Posting (PP) Positions are located at:

VIC Melbourne | Mildura
NSW Sydney | Coffs Harbour | Moree | Wagga Wagga | Williamtown
QLD Brisbane | Cairns | Mackay | Rockhampton | Townsville
SA Adelaide | Ceduna | Mount Gambier
WA Perth | Albany | Esperance | Kalgoorlie | Geraldton
NT Darwin | Alice Springs
TAS Hobart

National Field Office Pool (NFOP) Positions are located at:

WA Broome | Cocos Is | Carnarvon | Eucla | Halls Creek | Learmonth | Meekatharra | Port Hedland
NSW Cobar | Lord Howe Is | Norfolk Is
QLD Charleville | Longreach | Mt Isa | Weipa
SA Woomera
NT Gove | Tennant Creek

A number of these offices are staffed by only one Bureau employee, with support from locally recruited and contracted non-Bureau weather observers. If you want to move to another office later, you are welcome to apply for a transfer or promotion.

Permanent Postings:

Trainees posted to any of these PP offices will remain at the locality unless they successfully apply for transfer or promotion to another office.

National Field Officers Pool (NFOP) positions:

The Bureau provides rent-free housing at each of the above NFOP offices. We expect our NFOP trainees to stay at their locality for at least two years. At the end of that time, it might be possible to extend the term to three years, or you can apply to move.

National Leave Relief Pool (LRP) positions:

LRP positions can be at a Regional Office or a specific PP or NFOP field office. If you're posted to a LRP position, you will provide "leave relief" at your home base and also throughout the network, as required. You may be posted away from your home base for varying periods of time and for up to seven (7) months a year.

Voluntary Remote Posting (VRP):

Opportunities will be available to volunteer to work at the very remote locations of Giles, Willis Island and Antarctica on a temporary basis.

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is $41,820 a year (adult training rate). When you have successfully completed your 10-month training course, you will advance to a Technical Officer Level 2 classification, with a salary range of $49,926 to $53,882 a year.

You can also earn excellent shift work penalties. Observers working 24/7 shifts earn penalty payments which add approximately 30% to the base salary.

In addition to your salary and penalty rates, we offer a generous employer-contributed superannuation scheme of 15.4%, as well as competitive leave entitlements and generous incentives for working in remote locations.

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.

Relocation Assistance:

To support you, the Bureau offers relocation assistance if you are required to move to undertake our training and/or to transfer to a posting location. We help with most costs related to travel, removal of furniture and temporary accommodation.

Trainee Technical Officer Observer Commencement date

To be confirmed.

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.

Got questions?

If you need more information about our Trainee Observer opportunities contact our Recruitment Unit on (03) 9669 4401 or email

Additional Information
Download a Trainee Technical Officer Observer - Information Brochure ( .doc | .pdf )
Download Trainee Technical Officer Observer Selection Criteria (PDF 30 KB)
Bureau Social Justice Strategy

Contact Details
Recruitment Manager
Bureau of Meteorology
GPO Box 1289
Melbourne, Victoria, 3001 Australia
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Ph: (03) 9669 4401