Job last updated on 7 November 2022

DIO – Ministry of Defence Guard Service – Security Officer Dog Handler – Shift Worker

Ministry of Defence



£25,000 per year




Only on site

Job description
Do you want to join the 2021 Government Security team of the year and be part of our Gold Standard security service?

The Ministry of Defence Guard Service (MGS) provides high quality security services at over 140 MOD sites across Great Britain. The MGS has guarded the Defence Estate for over 25 years including high profile locations such as MOD Main Building in London and His Majesty’s Naval Bases at Portsmouth, Devonport and the Clyde. We provide access control, military working dogs, control room operations and other security services. We play a vital role supporting the Defence Mission and work to protect the defence estate and personnel from crime, terrorism, espionage and sabotage threats.

The MGS is part of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and employs over 2,500 staff. MGS Officers are often the first point of contact with the MOD for employees, visitors and contractors and we pride ourselves on our professional, customer-focused culture.

All our Security Officers are required to have excellent customer service skills and must be willing to go above and beyond to support security operations across the defence estate. Due to the high profile and strategic locations of the sites we guard, it is essential our Security Officers have a strong work ethic, are able to work as part of a team, are observant to threats and are capable to challenge and de-escalate difficult situations if required. We also require our Security Officers to have good written and verbal communication skills. Our Officers must have resilience and remain positive and friendly in all weather conditions and on all occasions.

We provide our staff with a market leading salary, excellent sickness benefits, together with a defined benefit civil service pension. Free full uniform will be provided.

We are a growing organisation with opportunities for good quality staff to progress their security careers.

The MGS holds the Committed to Equality Gold Standard and we positively encourage applications from all under-represented communities and from all types of working backgrounds.

See more information about the MGS, please read the candidate pack and watch our Security Officer YouTube video

Main Responsibilities

Annual Licensing
Continuation Training
Upkeep of paperwork
Using IT facilities
Dog Welfare (for all Military Working Dogs on site)
Daily upkeep of the Kennels (Disinfecting, sweeping and jet washing)
Collaborating closely with Dog Evaluation Officer and Kennel Supervisor
Driving MOD vehicles (Crucial for post)
Controlling vehicular and pedestrian access and exit to/from site
Issuing of passes
Issuing and receipt of keys
Searching of vehicles, baggage, personnel, buildings and open areas
Escorting of visitors
Controlling traffic
Checking identity
Reporting on breaches of security or defects
Dealing with demonstrators and intruders
Safeguarding classified information and material
Collaborating closely with emergency services and invoking emergency procedures
Operating and monitoring security systems; CCTV and alarms etc
Reporting safety hazards and accidents
Carrying out, if required, initial action at the scene of any incident
Travel Requirements

Alongside your normal patrolling duties that will encompass this role, there may be on occasion where you may need to travel to other sites to meet the needs of the Business, however, any taskings of this kind would be carried out in a MOD Vehicle

Desirable Experience & Skills

A background, qualification or interest in the delivery of site security and/or customer service will be an advantage.
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Environmental Factors / Hazards Associated with the Post

Outside Working

MGS applicants are required to attend a medical appointment to undertake a colour perception test.

• Essential: A full UK Driving Licence will be essential for this role as you will be required to make trips to the local vets and the Defence Animal Centre as well as carrying out Mobile Patrols.