Senior Environmental Protection Officer

Employer
London Borough of Hackney
Location
London
Salary
£43,599 - £45,594
Closing date
5 Dec 2021

Senior Environmental Protection Officer

Salary Range: £43,599 - £45,594

Hackney is growing fast into one of the busiest and most vibrant night time economies in London. From lively bars in Shoreditch to elegant restaurants in Dalston, Hackney provides for everyone's evening needs. But all great night time economies come with their own share of problems. From noise, odour and smoke nuisance to Licensing and planning contraventions. To tackle these growing problems, Hackney’s Environmental Protection Team is at the forefront addressing all these issues and more.

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Environmental Protection Officer to work within the Business Regulation Department in the Neighbourhoods and Housing Directorate to make Hackney a safe place for both visitors and for its residents.

This role will require a flexible approach as it involves  site visits and some out of hours work. We encourage flexible working arrangements, including working from home, to help you best manage your own workload. You should have a full UK Driving Licence (if not), other business travel will be covered with an Oyster card.

As Senior Environmental Protection Officer, you will respond to complaints about noise, light, smoke, odour and other nuisances from the commercial sector of the borough.  This is an important part of our work to make Hackney cleaner, safer and greener. Using your expert advice we hope to stop pollution issues starting in the first place.

We need someone who is up to date with current legislation and best practice. You should be ambitious for the potential of this service and take a pioneering approach to putting in place new initiatives that will support our work.

You will have a degree or equivalent in Environmental Health or similar, and post qualification experience of noise and application consultation work.

Your role includes but not limited to the following; Commercial Nuisance Complaints - You will manage a caseload from complaint handling through to investigation, resolution and preparation for court proceedings if needed. Day to day you will be involved in site visits and assessments. When at your desk you will produce reports and respond to members enquiries and corporate complaints. You should be an effective communicator, able to hold your own at public meetings and liaise with our diverse communities. You will be responsible for the service of legal notices under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Control of Pollution Act 1974 and any relevant legislation that is appropriate to secure successful resolution to ongoing complaints.

As part of the service, you will work a Friday and Saturday evening every 6 weeks to investigate your case work and also  provide support to the ‘Out of Hours Noise Service’.

Statutory Applications - You will act as the Responsible Authority for Licensing Applications and a consultee for Planning and Section 61 Applications. This will also entail providing specialist knowledge, expertise and experience to colleagues in the Planning, Licensing, Highways and other relevant internal departments as well as representing the Council in committee hearings.

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience.

Closing date for applications: 05 December 2021

Interview date: TBC

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available: hackneyworksjobs@hackney.gov.uk

 

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