Area Environmental Health Officer (Housing and Environmental Protection)
£34,373 - £42,614 pa (plus Essential Car User Allowance up to £1,239 pa)
About the role:
Horsham District Council are looking for an Area Environmental Health Officer to join the Private Sector Housing Team in the Environmental Health Department. This busy team covers all housing inspections and enforcement, facilitation of disabled facilities grants and caravan site enforcement. The successful applicant will also be required to carry out some nuisance investigations in conjunction with our Environmental Protection (EP) team.
As an Area Environmental Health Officer, you will respond to requests for service from residents and follow through the case to achieve resolution of the reasonable issues raised. The small team carries out the full range of disabled facilities grants for applicants in the district, enabling these vulnerable people to lead independent lives in their own homes. There will be opportunities to assist (and potentially lead) in carrying out inspection programmes for HMOs and caravan sites and following through the enforcement procedure where needed.
The role will work closely with one of our other teams, EP, to deal with other complaints arising, including nuisance, dealing with drains, vermin and other EH matters. You will visit sites around the district and be happy with driving and working independently, but with the backing of a friendly and supportive team. We have hybrid working at the moment, some days based in the office and some working from home as suits each individual and team, and in agreement with the team leader.
To succeed as Area EHO you will be interested in helping vulnerable people, assessing best courses of action for a wide range of situations and being part of a team with a passion to solve problems. You will either have an Environmental Health Degree or Diploma, or equivalent qualifications and experience in the relevant areas. Experience and knowledge of Environmental Health issues and enforcement of the relevant legislation will be an advantage, but support and training are available for the right candidate to achieve these skills. An ability to deal with difficult situations and customers will be useful, and an ability to relate to people and coax the desired outcomes an advantage.
Horsham District Council encourages and supports their employees to have a healthy work life balance by supporting their professional development as well as offering 27 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata), a generous benefits package and an online platform offering discounts from online retailers. Staff are eligible to join a contributory pension scheme where the Council contributes 20% of pensionable salary. The Council also provides reimbursement for professional subscriptions and access to a car lease scheme. Most of our office-based roles have the potential for hybrid working, we are currently trialling a 50/50 home/office working model, subject to review.
For an informal discussion about this role please call Penny Marsh, Principal Environmental Health Officer, on 01403 215423.
If you would like to apply for the role, we highly recommend you show clearly within the ‘Experience Section’ of the application form how you meet the essential criteria detailed within the Role Profile when applying. If you do not make this clear, it is unlikely you will be shortlisted for interview.
Closing date: 04 Jul 2022 12:00
Interview date: 13 Jul 2022