Met Office HQ, Exeter, Devon
£20,400 - £23,280 per annum + benefits
Join a unique, high profile organisation with an excellent reputation that's
home to world-class science and cutting-edge technological capabilities.
**About the role**
Based at the Met Office HQ, the National Meteorological Library together with
our Archive, offers a comprehensive collection of material on meteorology to
both the general public and to Met Office staff. As the national collection on
all aspects of the weather and climate and the approved "Place of Deposit" for
UK meteorological records, we are the custodians of the 'public memory of the
weather' and a major resource for scientific and historical research.
Working with two other Information Officers and as part of a wider team,
you'll deal with a broad range of enquiries, from requests for historical data
or dates and details of significant weather events, to enquiries about our
image collection or learning material including fact sheets. And requests can
come from all sorts of people: it could be a post-graduate student undertaking
research, a journalist covering a particular weather event, a historian
working on a new publication or a member of the public who's a keen amateur
meteorologist. While most of the requests will be over the phone or by email,
you'll also cover the library enquiries desk providing frontline support on a
rotational basis with your colleagues. We're also busy making sure that more
of our archive treasures and Met Office publications are available as online
resources for whoever may want to access them. As you might expect, we have a
vast amount of content and information to make available online, so you'll
also help us with this important area of our work too.
An interest in - or experience of - meteorology would be a bonus, but it's
more important that you have either a Chartered Institute of Library and
Information Professionals (CILIP) qualification or considerable experience at
a professional level within a library or information environment. Courteous
and helpful, you're someone that goes out of their way to help others - and if
you're unable to help with a specific enquiry, you'll use your initiative and
find someone who can. An organised, methodical work approach is important too,
as are extensive IT skills.
Our reward package is world class too. We've a performance pay scheme,
hundreds of different employee discounts and an occupational welfare
programme. In addition to your starting holiday allowance of 25 days, this
will rise to 30 days after five years service.
**About the Met Office**
Beyond weather. That's the best way to describe our work at the Met Office.
With over 1,800 people working at some 60 sites around the globe, we provide
world-leading weather and climate services in the UK and overseas.
**Closing date:** 28 February 2013.
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