Environmental Health Officer / Environmental Protection Team .
South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council are forward thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who is able to communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme. They have modern open plan offices and smart working practices and the technology to support mobile working.
Position: Environmental Health Officer / Environmental Protection Team
Location: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4SB
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: Grade 6 £35,077 - £39,983 per annum
Benefits: A basic 24 day’s annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years of local government service. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year. Flexible working and annualised hours; pension scheme; Cycle scheme; Various schemes to keep you healthy.
About the role:
We are seeking an experienced Environmental Health Officer / Environmental Protection Officer primarily responsible for investigating environmental protection complaints relating to a range of topics including noise, bonfires, artificial light and odour. They will be joining a high performing team helping residents of South Oxfordshire / Vale of White Horse to resolve nuisance issues across the districts.
We are taking advantage of technology such as totally paperless mobile and digital ways of working including the use of tablets for inspections and enforcement visits.
You will be enthusiastic, dedicated, have a strong customer service ethos and be driven to achieve targets. You’ll also need to be able to work independently and have robust self-discipline with good time management skills as this role offers a significant amount of freedom in how you deliver your workload due to our annualised hours scheme, remote working policies and use of digital inspection tools.
As well as one of the most flexible working environments in local government we ensure that everyone in the team has opportunities to develop their career and professional skills and meet any CPD needs.
The officer will support the Senior Environmental Health Officer in the overall delivery of environmental protection work.
- Investigating Environmental Protection complaints relating to noise, bonfires, artificial light, odour etc. Duties range from initial contact with complainants, through to investigation and on to service of notices and enforcement action where necessary in accordance with Environmental Protection Act 1990.
- Carrying out regulatory inspections of animal welfare establishments, LAPPC installations and mobile home parks checking their compliance with their licence conditions.
- Carrying out regulatory works around contaminated land and private water supplies (as appropriate).
- Respond to consultations sent to the team relating to planning applications and premises licence applications.
- Keep up to date with current legislation, regulations, guidance and technical developments.
- Promote good working relationships with partners such as the Environment Agency, Thames Valley Police, other local authorities and internal departments.
- Carry out formal PACE interviews, prepare prosecution case files for approval by line manager and where appropriate attend court to give evidence.
- Represent the council at meetings with internal and external partners.
- Carry out other general environmental protection duties or other reasonable duties as requested by the line manager.
- Participation in the council’s environmental health out of hour’s noise service (Service operates Thursday-Saturday 19:00-02:00).
- Degree in Environmental Health or an equivalent qualification.
- Full driving licence and regular access to a vehicle.
- At least two years’ experience of investigating nuisance complaints and other environmental protection work.
- Experience of carrying out regulatory inspections of animal welfare establishments, LAPPC installations and mobile home sites checking their compliance with their licence conditions.
- Experience of liaising with partner organisations.
- Experience of report writing and undertaking enforcement action.
- Political awareness and the ability to escalate issues to senior managers to enable them to inform elected members.
- Able to participate in the council’s environmental health out of hour’s service.
- Competent user of Microsoft Office, e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
- Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
If you have the following experience or qualifications – it’s a bonus:
- At least two years’ experience of working in contaminated land, local air quality and / or private water supply regulation.
- Membership of professional body such as CIEH, IOA.
- CIEH Certificate in Air Quality Management.
- IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.
You may have experience of the following: Environmental Health Officer, Health & Safety Officer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Health, Health Enforcement, Public Health, Environmental Advisor, Environment Inspector, Environmental Enforcement Officer, Air Pollution Control, LAPPC, Industrial Emissions, etc.