Ocean Career: Junior GIS Specialist at UK Hydrographic Office

These roles, Junior Geospatial Information Specialists / Junior Geospatial Product Specialists, which sit in both the Operations and Customer Divisions at the UK Hydrographic Office, are being advertised as development roles, where successful candidates will undertake a comprehensive training and development programme that will see them working across teams within their allocated functional “Group(s)”.

Confirmation of substantive promotion to the B3/EO grade will be evidence based and subject to approval by a review panel. For new entrants it is anticipated that this will be undertaken over a period of somewhere around 2 years, with Temporary Promotion to the B3/EO grade likely after 12 to 18 months, but this will vary between individuals and be dependent on achieving competency/behaviours milestones.

You will be directly involved in the flowline for the delivery of services or products for customers whose safety at sea relies on the accuracy and timeliness of the information the UK Hydrographic Office provides. Within these roles, and as you progress, you will develop a number of these analytical and geospatial skills:

› Geospatial Data Analysis & Manipulation

› Geospatial Data Management

› Geospatial Data Standards and Quality

› Cartography and Interactive mapping

› Geospatial Tools, Software and systems

You will have the opportunity, in whichever teams you are assigned to, to work alongside and learn from subject matter experts in fields such as geospatial data management, GIS, hydrography, cartography, oceanography and navigation. You will also have the experience of working in a modern, flexible and supportive working environment with great benefits, alongside colleagues who are passionate about what we deliver for our customers. 

Job description

On joining, the purpose of the role is to support the acquisition, analysis and management of hydrographic and marine information and subsequent processing into navigational products and services. On progression, the purpose of the role is to contribute to key commercial and defence outputs through:

  • The interpretation and assessment of incoming data for impact on UKHO products and services.
  • The analysis of marine geospatial data, the maintenance of databases and the generation of products from such databases.
  • The compilation and updating of Standard Nautical Charts and Thematic Charts in accordance with the Chart Production Plan, to specified quality and timeliness measures.
  • The maintenance of products through verification and rework of all Notice to Mariners to meet our SOLAS commitments.

The analysis of datasets and production of geospatial products and to meet MOD


Following introductory training, you will be deployed into either:

An Operations Team, to support the analysis of marine geospatial data and the generation of products from GIS databases.


A Production Team, to support the delivery of navigational and situational products and services to the Mariner.

You will work within a team of approximately 10 – 12 staff of differing levels of experience and will be mentored on the job. GIS and other bespoke software and databases are used in all roles, so you will build hands-on, practical experience.

Salary: £20,828
Number of posts: 20
Application deadline: August 7, 2022 

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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