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Environmental Protection Officer – Contaminated Land

South Gloucestershire Council
£36,298 - £39,493
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Environmental Protection Officer – Contaminated Land

How you'll make a difference

You will make a real and positive difference to the people living in our community by being part of a team that delivers services that protect the health of our residents, businesses, and communities through providing advice, support and taking enforcement action where necessary.

What will you be doing?  

  • As part of this role, you will respond to contaminated land enquiries and incidents, provide support and technical guidance, carry out surveys, inspections and investigations, write reports, serve legal notices and present cases in court. This will include mediating and negotiating satisfactory outcomes to service requests from the public, Councillors and MP’s.   
  • You will act as an expert witness in Court to ensure legal requirements relating to contaminated land are fulfilled.
  • On a daily basis you will appraise technical ground investigation reports and recommend planning conditions, to ensure that the environmental implications are addressed and undertake inspections and enforcement of industrial installations.
  • You will respond when necessary to major incidents or other emergencies requiring the response of environmental services staff.
  • During the busy summer months you may be required to support the team in relation to noise and statutory nuisance duties.
  • In the role you will be responsible for the organisation of your personal workload including maintenance of records, writing of letters and reports and working with other team members to ensure the targets of the team are achieved. 
  • You will also be expected to lead on one or more functional areas or projects with either a team or wider-service focus and provide support to the Air Quality work undertaken by the team.
  • Using your knowledge you will contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the team’s service plan.
  • What we need from you
  • You must be educated to degree standard or equivalent, or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of relevant knowledge with experience in an area of Environmental Health, preferably Environmental Protection. 
  • We require you to have a strong ability to communicate, influence and negotiate outcomes, as well as the ability to translate technical issues for non-technical audiences. 
  • It is essential that you have significant experience in contaminated land especially in relation to managing potential risks of contamination through redevelopment under planning. You will have excellent customer service skills and be able to communicate with a range of internal colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • It is essential that you can manage a busy workload, prioritise and respond to demands, to ensure customer satisfaction and legislative requirements are met. 

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.  

  • We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance.
  • We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work. 
  • We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.  
  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of 
  • We're planning for the future; building and improving the roads, railways, schools, green spaces, and houses. 
  • We’re providing essential services across our communities to ensure they are safe and well maintained. 

We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference. 

We’re making a difference, be part of it!  


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