Medical and medical support

Environmental Health Technician

Environmental Health Technicians ensure the well-being and safety of RAF personnel. They work to minimise environmental risks to personnel on-base, and during operations and exercises.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Manage environmental health factors like food hygiene, water, buildings and pest control
  • Measure, assess and control toxic substances
  • Identify and assess hazards to the environment, like oil spillages
  • Recognise, assess and evaluate environmental risks
  • Control physical health hazards

Similar civilian roles include Environmental Health Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Port Health Officer, or Hazardous Materials Technician.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as an Environmental Health Technician in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level



12 Years

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

‘The RAF will let you go as far as you're prepared to push yourself.’

Dan, Environmental Health Technician

In the RAF

My Role

‘Environmental health is about keeping people safe where they live and work. We check kitchens are hygienic, that people have clean water supplies or that where they work doesn’t present any dangers.

It’s an important role in the UK, but it’s critical for the RAF when we’re deployed when everyone needs to be kept fit and well.’

My Day

‘If I do a workplace assessment on a base, I might visit an aircraft hangar to check everything there meets our safety standards.

I’ll have a checklist and I’ll make sure anything from lighting levels to the way people use any hazardous substances is right. If there are problems, it’s my job to offer advice to help solve them.’

Dan, Environmental Health Technician


Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time

Recruit Training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is four years of specialist training leading to a BSc Honours Degree in Military Environmental and Occupational Health awarded by Leeds University. The specialist training commences with a ten-month classroom-based foundation course at the Defence College of Health and Educational Training at Litchfield in Staffordshire, the training school for military medicine. You will then go to RAF Henlow for nine months of practical training, followed by a further six months of classroom-based learning and confirmatory exercises at the Defence College of Health and Educational Training. You will then be posted to your first unit and undertake 2 years end-on training to complete the final block of the degree which includes a dissertation and the Integrated Professional Assessment (IPA). The BSc Hon Degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Ongoing Development

As your career progresses, we’ll continue to train you in new skills. You will be encouraged to gain a qualification in occupational hygiene and there are also opportunities for management and leadership training. You will need to maintain your skills and as such will be required to undertake at least 20 hours of Continual Professional Development (CPD) every year.

Your First Tour

For your first tour, you will probably be assigned to work within a team of Environmental Health Technicians at RAF Henlow. You could carry out food hygiene assessments or occupational health surveys on bases throughout the RAF and you could be required to respond to aircraft incidents and outbreaks of communicable disease. Within this first tour you will also be required to complete the 2 years end-on training to complete the BSc Hons Degree.

Future Employment

Like most people in the RAF, you will probably move jobs every few years. For some of your tours, you may be based in a medical centre on an RAF base, with responsibility for all environmental and occupational health matters on that base. During other tours you may work at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire, or as an instructor at the Defence Medical Services Training Group. Within your first few years, you may be detached overseas for anything from a few days to a few months

Your Future Prospects

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. After completing one year’s total service and graduating from your training course you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman. Further progression to corporal and sergeant, subject to the completion of service courses, will be on a time promotion basis.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications you will earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a job in environmental health


Full Time

Job requirements


You need:
At least 112 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. The RAF does not accept General Studies as a subject.

In addition:
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in English Language
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in Maths
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in Physics (or a Physics-based science)
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or above in Chemistry (or a Chemistry-based science)
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 in one other subject
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 or above in English
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 or above in Maths
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 or above in Physics (or a Physics-based science)
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 or above in Chemistry (or a Chemistry-based science)
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 or above in one other subject.



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RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.


Full Time