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Job Vacancies> Army Reservist unit - Geographic Technicians



Geographic Technicians
Officers/Soldiers
Desirable experience in:

  • Geographic Information Systems (analysis, research and application development).
  • Information Systems Engineering (system network, maintenance and hardware management).
  • WEB Services (geospatial data management, dissemination and publication services)
  • Surveying (land, geodetic, engineering and building surveyors)
  • Other disciplines that have a broad relevance to the delivery of the Squadrons capability including geology, hydrology and geography

Army. Be The Best

135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers is the only unit in the Army Reserve to support 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic). The Regiment is a Joint Force Command specialist Royal Engineer unit that provides geographic support to all elements of UK Defence; particularly to Army headquarters, formations and units. The Squadron forms the 4th Sub-Unit within the Regiment assisting in delivering this capability.

Capabilities

The Squadron provides a range of capabilities to Defence ranging from raw data collection (including geodetic surveys) and information management; through information exploitation, terrain analysis and visualisation; to geospatial information dissemination (electronically across networks, by bulk reproduction and supply of hard copy mapping, or on a digital media).

Operations and Training

The Squadrons current main effort is support to Op HERRICK in Afghanistan; and provides individual augmentees to reinforce existing embedded geographic personnel on the deployed staffs. In addition the Squadron plays a key role in providing survey teams for tasks within the UK and overseas and is now broadening its output to support wider Defence Intelligence Organisations by providing officers and soldiers with geospatially linked disciplines to support operational requirements and projects.

The Squadron has been involved on operations and on training exercises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cyprus, Bahrain, Kuwait, Germany, Canada, Kosovo, Italy, Austria and Sierra Leone in recent years.

Our Offer

Joining the Army Reserve is for anyone interested in adding an extra dimension to their lives and career. 135 Geo Sqn is changing its focus and with recent enhancements to the units vehicles and state of the art technical equipment we are actively recruiting men and women to fulfil new roles within the unit. Like all other Army Reserve units we are looking for people that want to be soldiers first, but may also want to be part of an organisation with additional intellectual and technical challenges and rewards. This is asking for a considerable commitment, however, the challenges you will meet and overcome will deliver rewards both personally and financially - the Army pays you for the time you put in:

Professional Development – Working as part of a Geographic Squadron will provide you with career and academic opportunities. You will work on operational tasks using state of the art technology systems and processes that you can take back into your civilian employment whilst experiencing an intellectual challenge with the chance to gain recognised qualifications.

Personal Development – We will provide military training where you will learn soldiering, teamwork and leadership, all transferable skills that will enhance your confidence, resilience and self-discipline.

Sports and Adventure Training - As well as military training, the Army Reserve also offers the opportunity to take part in a range of adventurous activities. In 2013 members of the Squadron took part in skiing, coasteering, canoeing, rock climbing, hill walking, orienteering, cross country, and an operational shooting competition.

Recruit Vacancies

We are actively looking for committed men and women to serve as Geographic Technicians, who are willing to give up their time to train and operate alongside the Regular Army on exercise and operations as officers and soldiers.

135 Geo Sqn also has a small number of vacancies for Military Clerks, Drivers and Ex-Regulars or personnel from other Army Reserve units with Military Instructional qualifications. These posts support the delivery of the unit’s outputs and are a critical part of the team.

Enlistment Requirements

Officers - 18 to 35 years of age.
Officer applicants must be either a British Citizen, a British subject under the Nationality Act (1981), a Citizen of the Irish Republic (but not still living in the Irish Republic) or a Citizen of a Commonwealth country (or holding British Overseas Territories Citizenship) that has resided in the UK for a period of 5 years before entering officer training to be eligible to join the Army Reserve.

Soldiers - Ideally between 18-35 years of age but all applications up to the age of 43 will be considered. (Ex–Regulars may be considered over the age of 43 on a case by case basis).

Soldier applicants must be either a British Citizen, a British subject under the Nationality Act (1981), a British Protected Person, a Citizen of the Irish Republic (but not still living in the Irish Republic) or a Citizen of a Commonwealth country (or holding British Overseas Territories Citizenship) with periods of residency required for certain roles to be eligible to join the Army Reserve.

There are other entry criteria including fitness, driving licence penalty points and criminal convictions which will be discussed at the enquiry stage.

Qualifications Required

Officers - 2 x A Levels at grade E and above (180 UCAS Tariff pts), 7 x GCSEs (35 ALIS pts, these must include English Language, Maths and either a Science or Foreign Language at grade C or above).
Soldiers – No qualifications are specifically required to become a Geographic Technician in the TA as training is provided at the Royal School of Military Survey.
However, we are activity seeking professionals with qualifications or experience in the following areas:

  • Geographic Information Systems (analysis, research and application development)
  • Information Systems Engineering (system network, maintenance and hardware management)
  • WEB Services (geospatial data management, dissemination and publication services)
  • Surveying (land, geodetic, engineering and building surveyors)
  • Other disciplines that have a broad relevance to the delivery of the Squadrons capability including geology, hydrology and geography

Contacts / Applications

Recruiting Officer: WO2 L Hunt
The Recruiting Officer should be contacted on 020 8393 0981 or via e-mail to: 42engr-135Sqnmailbox@mod.uk

Please ensure that you include your contact telephone number and email address in any messages. The Recruiting Officer will then contact you to confirm you meet eligibility requirements before an application pack is e-mailed to you and an invitation is given to attend one of the programmed, monthly Open Evenings at Mercator House Army Reserve Centre, Welbeck Close, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2BG.

Posted: 30th April 2014
Closing Date: ongoing recruitment

 

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