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Port Health Officer

Cornwall Council
Falmouth, Cornwall
£34,731 - £41,703
Closing date
17 Jun 2023

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Port Health
EH Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

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Port Health Officer
Falmouth, Cornwall
Permanent - 37 hours per week

When most people think of Cornwall they think of the beaches and its 422 miles of spectacular coastline, it is most certainly, a unique place.  Which is exactly what can be said for the nature of the work conducted by the Port Health Team, part of Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service.

Falmouth is the first major port on the UKs western approach, and the worlds third deepest natural harbour.  The team are responsible for overseeing the health status of the hundreds of vessels that visit Cornwall’s waters each year, from all over the world.

These same waters are also home to approximately 40 classified shellfish beds, a mixture of private and public interests, and a historic conserved sail fishery.  The team also regulate depuration plants, sign off Exports, inspect fishing vessels for food hygiene, and even monitor for invasive species such as mosquitos.

The whole of Cornwall is covered by a team of around 6 members of staff. With such a small team covering such a large geographical area and wide portfolio of work, it is important that any person coming into this team is a hardworking, knowledgeable and an extremely flexible team player.  You will join a Out of Hours rota, 1 week in every 5 on call. Foreign travel is required from time to time so you should have a valid UK passport, and be comfortable flying.

The work can be extremely rewarding, on a flat calm day, in the summer sunshine performing shellfish controls in one the counties most beautiful locations, you would have to agree there are few better jobs. However, you will need to be able to take the rough with the smooth, in deep mid- winter, hauling chain in rough seas with freezing cold feet and hands is quite a different prospect.  You will also need a head for heights, climbing up the side of an oil tanker sitting high in the water at sea, on a ladder made of rope and wood, this job is not for everyone, is it for you?
If so, and you are an experienced Environmental Health Practitioner then we want to hear from you.

For an informal discussion please contact Jonathan Blackman on 07768 924 930 or email
A role profile can be found here.

Fairness and inclusion are at the heart of our vision for Cornwall.  In order to best serve our communities, we are striving to achieve a diverse workforce that is inclusive of all backgrounds, cultures and identities; e.g. race, disability, sex, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation. We are an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer, and we will assess applicants on their merits.  

Cornwall Council is committed to safeguarding and following safer recruitment principles to help make sure our staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children, young people and adults at risk. It’s a vital part of creating a safe and positive environment and making a commitment to keeping all service users safe from harm. 

Whilst the location/work-base for this role has been specified our evolving ways of working means that the role may require you to also work remotely (e.g. from home/other locations). We will discuss this with you during the recruitment process.

More information about working for Cornwall Council is available here.

We are open to discussion about flexible working.


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