Environmental Protection Officer/Environmental Health Practitioner
Location: Buckinghamshire County Wide
Following the creation of a new Buckinghamshire Unitary Authority, exciting new opportunities have arisen in our newly formed Housing and Regulatory Services. This role will offer you the opportunity to use and develop your professional skills and experience to the full within our Strategic Environmental Protection Team.
We remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations and this role is suitable for home-based working. You will need to travel within the County to make site visits and also attend one of the main offices (Aylesbury, Amersham or High Wycombe) as required.
The Strategic Environmental Protection Team is responsible for working on major infrastructure projects, air quality management, land quality, providing environmental consultancy services, private water supplies, integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC), environmental impact assessment, non-domestic nuisance, planning and licensing consultations.
About the role
Duties will cover a range of environmental protection subject areas but will involve undertaking non-domestic nuisance related investigations and being responsible for assessing the environmental merits of a wide range of planning and licensing applications. You will manage a personal caseload and be responsible for the required activity as necessary to achieve regulatory compliance. You will also be expected to provide specialist advice, guidance and support as necessary.
There may also be opportunities to work on national infrastructure projects taking place in Buckinghamshire.
You will be expected to maintain an up to date professional knowledge of appropriate legal, technical and social issues to ensure the delivery of an effective quality service. As a new service, we are constantly looking to improve our service delivery, developing new and innovative ways of working and using technology.
We are looking for someone who is an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual, possessing good communication skills and a positive approach to customer care. You will have a good level of knowledge and have practical experience working in an Environmental Protection or similar team.
Applications are welcome from those with qualifications and significant experience in environmental protection, environmental health, pollution control or equivalent.
A qualification in acoustics would be beneficial but not essential.
Our response as an employer to Covid-19 has shaped the way we want to work in the future. This job does require carrying out site visits, but we actively encourage the team to adopt a flexible working approach to improve their work-life balance. This includes working from home and attending the office as and when required.
Our main offices are based in Aylesbury, Amersham & High Wycombe.
For an informal chat about this role in more detail, please contact Steve Braund on 01494 732196 or email Steve.Braund@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:
- a fair and inclusive culture
- the chance to really make a difference to those around you
- health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
- a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
- ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
- opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events
About the Business Unit
The Environmental Health service forms part of the Planning, Growth and Sustainability directorate. The service encompasses all aspects of environmental health and is delivered across three teams; Strategic Environmental Protection, Housing and Domestic and Commercial. The directorate delivers a range of services including trading standards, housing, planning, economic growth, regeneration, strategic infrastructure, transport and property.
Coming together as a single EH service, our purpose is to ensure a safe and healthy, living and working environment within Bucks, minimising the impact on the environment and ensuring compliance with the law. Our vision is to provide a trusted and approachable Environmental Health service for local communities, businesses and visitors, ensuring Bucks is a safe place to work, live and visit.
The Environmental Health service works to help ensure that Buckinghamshire is a safe and healthy place to live and work, minimising impacts on the environment & supporting businesses to ensure compliance with the law. Our vision is to provide a trusted & approachable service for local communities, businesses & visitors, ensuring Bucks is a safe place to work, live & visit. Recently, our teams have been critical in providing a flexible response to the pandemic. As well as this monitor food safety (including awarding hygiene ratings), supporting public health and acting against nuisance. From 2019 to 2020, the service responded to over 8,100 environmental health requests.
The council’s key priorities are:
- strengthening our communities
- improving our environment
- protecting the vulnerable
- increasing prosperity
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to how the council works and each of our directorates has had to adapt to different ways of working. Maintaining essential services to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities during this pandemic has been a key area of work and ongoing recovery and improvement work is likely to continue beyond the next financial year.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto-enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.