Environmental Health Officer

Service:Surface Fleet
Humanitarian aid
A Royal Navy ship in shadow against a sunset.

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

In protecting our nation’s interests all over the world, Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel are exposed to some of the most extreme conditions imaginable. As an Environmental Health Officer, you’ll lead the team that helps to keep our people safe and healthy wherever they are in the world. The vital environmental assessments provided by your team will ensure our most vital operations remain on track, with safe water supplies and adequate sanitation for everyone, wherever they are in the world.

Your role

  • Develop and maintain environmental health standards in the Naval Service, reporting directly to senior officers across all branches and services.
  • Work in a regional team, doing everything from inspecting Royal Navy ships and submarines to advising on safe water supplies and sanitation for personnel on exercise or in the field.
  • Tackle remote, demanding and potentially hostile environments, adapting your skills and applying your knowledge to overcome whatever challenges you face.
  • Work closely with fellow Royal Navy Nursing and Medical Officers, and other healthcare professionals, wherever and whenever you’re needed. Our people are our most important asset, and without you they’re at risk.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Study for academic and vocational awards
  • Receive support in maintaining your professional portfolio

Skills you'll develop

  • How to be a leader and apply your biomedical knowledge in challenging conditions
  • Opportunities to work alongside skilled professionals from other medical disciplines

What you'll need


  • You must have a BSc or MSc in Environmental Health and hold a certificate of registration with the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB)
  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 5 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language and Maths; before 2017, you need 5 at grades A*– C
  • You must be aged between 22 and 39 years old
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National. 
  • Commonwealth applicants applying from inside their country of origin must be aged minimum 18.  If a resident in the UK Commonwealth applicants are eligible to apply at 16.  Current valid passports and visas (where applicable) are a mandatory requirement to be eligible to apply, it is the responsibility of individual applicants to ensure that they have permission to be in the UK and this permission is valid for the entirety of the recruitment process up to the point entry.  

Skills and interests

  • An ambitious, passionate medical professional
  • A confident leader
  • Always calm under pressure
  • An adventurous spirit
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NRST)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Interview

    You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    this stage is unique to officers and takes place over a day and a half. It’s a competency-based assessment that confirms that you’re physically and mentally ready to become a Royal Navy Officer

Initial training

You’ll spend approximately 30 weeks training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, focusing on: Military Skills, Maritime Skills and Initial Fleet Time. The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills, and the principles of command and management. You will put this into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor.

Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in good shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you’ve learned by the time you join us.

Professional training

With your initial training under your belt, you’ll go on your first Royal Navy appointment, where you’ll carry out specialist competency training that reflects your individual needs and the demands of life in the Naval Service. As your career progresses you’ll receive all the support you need to achieve Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner status and meet your continual professional development requirement, all paid for by us.