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Environmental Health Officer

  • Location

    Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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  • Salary:

    £28.11 - £29.51 per hour

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

  • Duration:

    2 Month

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Our client is seeking a Environmental Health Officer on an initial 2 month contract with the possibility of an extension.

Working Hours:

37 Hours per week

Monday - Friday

Pay Rate:

£28.11 p/h

Job purpose:

To take responsibility for a high level caseload, special projects and assigned

tasks in relation to a range of housing related environmental health responsibilities.

Responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing policies, using specialist technical skills and knowledge to maintain and safeguard standards relating to people's health and well-being.

Duties and Responsibilities:

. Responsible for a high-level caseload across the range of environmental health disciplines for the Service to ensure customer satisfaction and compliance with legislation, Council and Service policies and procedures. This includes domestic nuisance, public health (inc drainage, and filthy and verminous), housing conditions/HMO inspections, harassment & illegal eviction, national assistance burials, licensing of park homes, and the provision of financial assistance to eligible clients, ensuring that Council's legal, financial and audit requirements are complied with.

  1. Responsible for audit checking other Officer's grant and enforcement work to ensure legal and audit requirements are met.
  1. Responsible for responding to requests for service, carrying out both routine & unplanned visits and inspections to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation.
  1. Be responsible for issuing enforcement action including preparing and issuing formal notices, statutory letters and documents when no improvement has been made.
  1. Be responsible for initiating legal proceeding, preparing and giving evidence in court.
  1. Responsible for preparing Schedules of works and specifications of varying complexity in association with both grant work and enforcement.
  1. Report on performance, implement improvement plans where short falls are identified in target times of work being completed.
  1. Ensure Health & Safety is inherent in all activities, including those of contractors, staff and consultants.
  1. Manage complaints and queries in accordance with the Council's communication protocol.

10.Interpret information, prepare and present reports to a variety of internal and external audiences.

11.Responsible for taking the lead on monitoring and updating information systems and producing reports and statistical information as required.

12.Interpret information, prepare and present reports and provide professional advice, support and reports to a variety of internal and external audiences including senior management colleagues and external partners.

13.The provision of training and guidance to new recruits, students etc.

14.To represent the Council professionally to outside organisations including other Council's, central government agencies and public meetings. Including giving talks at public enquiries, meetings and exhibitions, as well as ensuring compliance through education, advice and enforcement.

15.Responsible for the development, implementation and review of special projects and assigned tasks. Also undertaking promotional, advisory and educational activities.

16.To maintain an up to date professional knowledge of appropriate legal, technical and social issues to ensure the delivery of an effective quality service.

17.To review and respond to Government and other organisation Consultation and proposals in relation to the work of the service.

18.To safeguard children and vulnerable adults, by liaising with all other relevant statutory agencies as well as voluntary organisations including the private sector. Recommending courses of action to and participating in relevant strategic and operational partnership groups.

19.Such other responsibilities allocated which are appropriate to the grade of the post.

Skills and Experience:

  • Detailed knowledge of relevant legislation, procedures and best practice.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of building construction.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, but also to be self motivated.
  • Computer literacy, in particular ability to competently use Microsoft Office systems.
  • Ability to Communicate effectively at all levels and exercise critical judgement in all circumstances.
  • Ability to prioritise workload within critical timescales.
  • Ability to work under pressure, often within extreme environments such as filthy and verminous premises, or where drainage is overflowing.
  • Ability to interpret and apply complex legal and technical information and be able to act as a specialist policy advisor
  • Ability to analyse complex and technical/scientific reports and relevant knowledge of drainage law and systems of various types documentation.
  • Develop policies, procedures and systems relevant to working practices.
  • Ability to carry out market research/data collection and statistical analysis effectively.
  • Strong partnership and network development skills.
  • Ability to prepare management and technical reports relating to Private Sector Housing.
  • Strong mediation and negotiation skills.
  • Have access to own transport and a full driving licence, in order to visit sites across the County.
  • Participation in out of hours Service.
  • Professional and confident approach.
  • Committed to providing excellent service and working in partnership to achieve.


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