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Senior Environmental Protection Officer

Employer
London Borough of Hackney
Location
London
Salary
£49,071 - £51,099
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

LONDON BOROUGH OF HACKNEY

Senior Environmental Protection Officer

Job Number: HCAA02008

DBS Required: No

Agreement Type: Permanent - Full Time

Contracted Hours: 36

Salary: £49,071 - £51,099

Hackney is growing fast into one of the busiest and most vibrant nighttime economies in London. From lively bars in Shoreditch to elegant restaurants in Dalston, Hackney provides for everyone's evening needs. But all great nighttime 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.

There is no better place to work in London than Hackney; we have great pride in our borough, our communities, and our services. Hackney is one of London’s most vibrant and diverse boroughs. It’s one of the most sought-after areas to live in London with good schools, parks, and local amenities, as well as great transport links and vibrant and diverse communities.

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.

We will not accept applications where Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used to assist with completing the competency questions or any part of the application form.

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date for applications: 28 July 2024 (22:59).

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 age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 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 underrepresented 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: hackneyworks@hackney.gov.uk

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