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Environmental Protection Officer

West Northamptonshire Council
£38,234 - £40,778
Closing date
2 Aug 2024

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Environmental Protection
EH Practitioner
Contract Type
Full Time

About the role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated person to work as an Officer within the Environmental Protection team at West Northants Council.

We promise a varied and interesting workload that includes managing a caseload of investigations, customer requests and enforcement referrals, in addition to advising on planning and licensing consultations. There is also the opportunity to improve and protect the quality of the environment including contaminated land, air and noise pollution.

The role can be based at any of our three locations, and flexible working will be supported.  It will be expected that the successful candidate can attend the office or other locations as required from time to time.

What will you be doing?

Working within a team of Environmental Protection Officers to enforce a range of environmental health legislation relating to contaminated land, industrial/commercial emissions, air quality, noise, construction impacts and nuisance.

Provide professional advice in accordance with the Council's corporate objectives, statutory responsibilities and environmental policies. 

Prosecuting breaches of environmental protection, nuisance and public health legislation including investigating, gathering evidence, case file preparation and giving evidence in court.

About you

You will have excellent communication skills and experience of working with partner organisations to develop strong links with internal colleagues and external partners.

Be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge of a subject relevant to the role, such as contaminated land or noise control

You will have a full driving license and use of a vehicle to undertake the duties of the post.

You will fully understand the role in the context of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

You will be able to use noise and other monitoring equipment to gather data and be able to analyse and interpret results

Our benefits

We offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, these include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement starting at 28 days annual leave per year, 29 days for senior managers (pro rata, depending on how many hours per week you work), plus bank holidays. An additional 5 days, linked to continuous service, and ability to purchase up to 6 weeks additional leave per year.
  • Cycle to Work scheme. 
  • Local Government Pension Scheme plus immediate life cover (3 times your annual salary from day one) and ill-health protection.
  • Employee discounts with local and national retailers, days out, finance, health and beauty, travel and eating out plus lots more.
  • Car Lease scheme
  • Payment of professional subscription / membership - If your job description requires that you are registered with or are a member of a professional body, WNC will pay for your professional subscription or membership fees.
  • Employee Assistance Programme - We have an employee support programme run by Health Assured, an independent, external organisation. Health Assured is available for you and your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and includes telephone counselling, legal advice, bereavement support and medical information.
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities.
  • A variety of flexible working options to support your work/life balance, including full or part time, term time, 9-day fortnight, etc. (subject to business needs).
  • Our West Ways of Working – We want our workforce to thrive, and we equip our employees with the right technology to support hybrid and collaborative working, on or off site, depending on the role.
  • Making a difference - If you want to use your skills and experience with an organisation that are genuinely invested in making a difference, are committed to improving people's lives, and whose success has a direct impact on the wellbeing of your family, friends and people in your local area, then West Northamptonshire Council is the place for you.

About us

At West Northants Council, it’s about our people. People who thrive with ambition, bubble with new ideas, demand better ways of working, caring about every detail, and who never shy away from a challenge. Our culture is a gateway for new experiences. A place to forge new opportunities. To empower you in your career and unite you with like-minded people.

Our vision is ‘to make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive’. We truly stand by this and work hard every day to make this a reality. Our corporate values, THRIVE, stand for: Trust, High Performance, Respect, Innovate and Empower, they underpin everything we do and how we deliver services. 

We are committed to ensuring diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion is woven into the fabric of WNC and everything we do, to enable all colleagues to develop and maximize their full potential.  We are a disability confident employer, a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, and a Care Leaver Covenant partner

If you need additional support or reasonable adjustments during the application process, including needing the job description in another format or language, please email for support.

West Northants Council, where careers thrive.

If you want to discuss this role or have any questions, please contact Michael Jephcott

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