Directorate Pay Scale Point 1 ($154,700 to $169,350 per month)
Candidates should have –
(a) a post-graduate qualification in Hydrographic Surveying from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent; and
(b)(i) a Corporate Membership in the Land Surveying Division of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, or equivalent; or
(ii) a Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer) Class 1 (Master Mariner) issued by the Director of Marine, or equivalent; and
(c) over 10 years’ work experience of which 5 years must be holding a responsible position in –
(i) mapping, charting or hydrographic surveying; or
(ii) hydrographic and related field; and
(d) proven managerial ability and practical experience in his field of specialisation; and
(e) strong command of spoken and written Chinese and English; and
(f) a pass result in the Basic Law and National Security Law Test [See Note (ii)].
(i) All qualifications and work experience required should be obtained on or before the closing date for application.
(ii) All applicants for civil service jobs will be assessed on their knowledge of the Basic Law and the National Security Law. A pass result in the Basic Law and National Security Law Test is an entry requirement for all civil service jobs. Only those candidates who have passed the Basic Law and National Security Law Test will be considered for appointment. For candidates who have not taken the relevant Basic Law and National Security Law Test or have not attained a pass result in the relevant Basic Law and National Security Law Test at the time of application, they may still apply for the job and arrangements will be made for them to take the relevant Basic Law and National Security Law Test during the recruitment process.
Hydrographer is responsible to the Assistant Director of Marine (Planning & Services) for –
(a) planning and organising hydrographic surveying of the Hong Kong waters;
(b) co-ordinating surveys in support of dredging, oceanographic studies and cable laying;
(c) co-ordinating the collection and compilation of hydrographic data for navigational charts and publications and other applications to meet standards and requirements of the International Hydrographic Organisation and the International Maritime Organisation;
(d) overseeing the production and distribution of charts and publications;
(e) directing operations to search, locate and chart new dangers to navigation in the Hong Kong waters;
(f) overseeing the planning, establishment and operation of the East Asia Hydrographic Commission Regional Electronic Navigational Charts Coordinating Centre; and
(g) representing the Government at the International Hydrographic Organisation and other international or regional hydrographic organisations.
Terms of Appointment:
The successful candidate will be appointed on civil service agreement terms for three years, which is renewable at the Government’s discretion.
The appointee will be subject to the provisions of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (Cap. 485) and will be required to make employee’s contribution to a Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme. A gratuity may be granted upon satisfactory completion of the three-year agreement with consistently high standard of performance and conduct. The amount of gratuity payable will be the sum which, when added to the Government’s contribution to the MPF scheme, equals to 15% of the total basic salary drawn as Hydrographer during the agreement period. Fringe benefits include housing benefits, vacation leave with leave passage allowance, and other benefits commensurate with a position of such seniority.
(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirements irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) The information on the salary is for reference only and it may be subject to changes.
(f) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/or interview.
(g) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview/written examination without being subject to further shortlisting. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at http://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(h) Academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. Holders of such qualifications should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the enquiry address below.
(i) Civil service vacancies information contained in this column is also available on the GovHK on the Internet at http://www.gov.hk.
(j) Towards the application deadline, our online system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your online application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.
(k) Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with the Marine Department’s personal data policies, a copy of which will be provided immediately upon request. You may contact Executive Officer (Personnel)2 of the Marine Department at 21/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Hong Kong or direct your request to him/her by fax (Fax:2543 2769).
How to apply:
Application Forms (G.F. 340 [(Rev. 3/2013)]) are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk).
Applicants should state in detail in the application form their qualifications and relevant experience, including positions held, duration of employment, nature of work and management roles involved, etc. Applications, together with the supporting documents mentioned below, submitted in person or by post, should reach the enquiry address below on or before the closing date for application (the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of application). Please specify “Application for the post of Hydrographer” on the envelope and ensure sufficient postage is affixed so as to avoid unsuccessful delivery of application. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to the Marine Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applicants may also apply online through the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.
For applicants who apply on-line, they should submit copies of the required supporting documents mentioned below by post to the enquiry address below on or before 19 May 2023. The on-line application number should be quoted on the envelope and copies of the supporting documents.
The required supporting documents are as follows –
(a) supporting documents of work experience showing the nature of work / positions held and duration of employment for each position;
(b) for candidates holding qualification obtained from institutions or authorities outside Hong Kong, please provide copies of certificates and transcripts in support of the academic / professional qualification; and
(c) for candidates holding academic qualification obtained from local institutions, please provide copies of transcripts showing the subjects studied.
Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) in about eight to ten weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.
Appointments Unit, Marine Department, 21/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
Ming Pao Daily News: (28 April 2023) and South China Morning Post: (29 April 2023 and 6 May 2023)