Environmental Health Officer x2

Location
Cornwall
Salary
£28,047 - £35,229
Posted
22 Jun 2018
Closes
16 Jul 2018
Ref
000005AJ
Sector
Housing
Function
EH Practitioner
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Environmental Health Officer x2

£28,047 - £35,229

37 hours per week, Permanent

Location: St Austell or Camborne

Ref: 000005AJ

We’re looking to recruit two Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP) to support the Council’s expanding House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing and enforcement functions and to help start a new initiative to reduce fuel poverty in privately rented accommodation in the County.  Officers within Private Sector Housing are qualified professionals whose work, as well as being varied and challenging, makes a real difference to people’s health and well-being. Post holders are graduates and include Environmental Health Officers.  As the team grows the roles may overlap with a focus on the following areas:

Fuel Poverty

We are aware that thousands of PRS households live in EPC F&G rated properties and the Council seeks to do all it can to support those living in fuel poverty as a direct result of this. In using a combination of effective enforcement and packages of assistance created specifically to address this issue the post holder will work to support those facing excessive fuel costs to live adequately in their homes. It is a complex issue that requires an innovative approach for us to succeed and deliver at the scale necessary to make a difference. This exciting new initiative will take the work of the PSH team to new areas and is one that can be developed by the right person to be one that assists a great number of individuals and families.

HMO Licensing

The widening of the mandatory HMO Licencing Scheme is seen as a positive development and welcomed by Cornwall Council. To respond to the additional demands that this creates we seek to expand our capacity in this area with administrative and EHP resource. In working in this area the role holder will predominantly work in an environment where enforcement is common place requiring the role holder to identify contraventions of legislation and enforce its compliance.  They will be responsible for managing their own caseload and will identify and deliver solutions to a range of diverse and complex issues.  The successful candidate will display an understanding of the full range of available powers together with a commitment to using them.

About the Team

The team operates from two main offices (St Austell & Camborne) providing a service to the whole of the County. The team responding reactively to members of the public who are experiencing problems with the quality of their rented accommodation and proactively in relation to the identified multiple occupancy housing present in the County. Where defects or deficiencies lead to the identification of hazards a robust approach to enforcement is in place. By following the enforcement policy officers will act quickly and efficiently to remove hazards without unnecessary delay.

Please note that the Private Sector housing Team is currently reviewing this role profile and it is therefore subject to change and potential job evaluation.  If you have any questions please contact the recruiting manager.

You will hold a full driving licence.

You will be degree qualified and ideally you will be registered with the Environmental Health Officers Registration Board or working towards registration with expected completion within 12 months.

You will be required to undertake a minimum of 20hrs Continual Professional Development annually to maintain your competence and professional status.

To apply, please visit: https://cornwall.taleo.net/careersection/cornwall_portal/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en_GB&job=000005AJ

Closing date: 16 July 2018 at midnight

Interview date: week 23-27 July 2018

If you are shortlisted and invited to interview you will be able to specify at that time whether you with to apply for both roles or a specific role at that time. 

These positions will be subject to a standard criminal record disclosure check.

This is a public/customer-facing role, where the statutory English language requirement for public sector workers applies.

Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and is an equal opportunities employer.