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Meteorological Officer

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At a Glance... header image

A technical grade in Met Eireann with responsibility for the preparation and dissemination of weather data and related tasks.

The Work header image

The duties of the Meteorological Officer vary with the type of station at which s/he is serving. They fall into seven different categories:

  • surface meteorological observations (includes measurements of air pressure, temperature, wind speed and direction, cloud height, barometric tendency, the identification of cloud and weather types, the calculation of humidity and dew-point, the estimation or measurement of visibility etc.,); these elements are then coded for national and international dissemination
  • use of specialised equipment for the measurement of wind-speed and direction, temperatures, pressure, humidity and ozone levels of the upper atmosphere;
  • interfacing with the public in relation to the delivery of meteorological services
  • using automated systems for the plotting of synoptic surface and upper air charts. Occasional manual plotting of weather charts and diagrams;
  • mathematical calculations, quality control and analysis of climatological data and the compilation of climatological data appropriate to the grade;
  • the installation, care and maintenance of sophisticated meteorological instruments and communication facilities;
  • develpoment, installation and maintenance of IT systems

Meteorological Officers may be required to serve in any part of the state. While performing observing duties, the officer will spend about 25% of his/her time outdoors, but, in general, the work is indoors. Officers, depending on the location at which they are stationed, will be required to work shift (including night) duties and to attend at weekends and Public Holidays; extra allowances are paid for working these duties.  
At present Meteorological Officers are stationed at Dublin, Cork, Shannon Airport, Cahirciveen, Rosslare, Malin Head, Belmullet, Clones, Mullingar, Birr, Kilkenny and Knock Airport.


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As a Meteorological Officer you will need to be precise and methodical when recording and analysing data. Computer and technical skills are also desirable in this career.  
You must be able to present findings and predictions clearly, both verbally and in writing. You should be prepared to work as part of a team.

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Entrants are required to have Leaving Cerificate Education (Level 6):

Candidates must have obtained at least Grade D in five subjects (including Irish and/or English), in the Leaving Certificate (or an equivalent examination ) with at least Grade C in Mathematics (Higher Level) and at least Grade D in one of the following subjects;

  • Applied Mathematics,
  • Physics,
  • Chemistry,
  • Physics and Chemistry,
  • General Science, or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

The Public Appointments Service is the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for the Civil Service, and appointment to these posts is by way of open competitions. Details of competitions are advertised in the national press and radio.

Last Updated: October, 2014

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Met Eireann
  Address: Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9
  Tel: (01) 806 4200
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Organisation: Irish Meteorological Society
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