Hackney is London’s most diverse and dynamic borough. This is because we are experiencing rapid economic growth in a prosperous business environment whilst also having more green spaces than any other inner London borough. The borough has some of the capital’s best schools, excellent local public services and a thriving arts, cultural and retail sector. Coupled by a first class transport system make it one of London’s most popular areas to live, work and visit.
There is a challenge to ensure that our borough’s economic growth provides a benefit to all of our residents without compromising on our environmental standards. This is a difficult task as pollution control has become a prominent issue across London, and as an inner city authority, Hackney has made addressing this a key priority.
Therefore, we are seeking two highly ambitious, creative and driven individuals to join our Land, Water and Air team with a thorough understanding of air quality and contaminated land related matters.
Hackney has thus far been leading the way on many projects to improve and mitigate the harmful effects of poor air quality and we are currently updating our air quality action plan. This will include extensive initiatives that aim to radically improve air quality; thus giving the successful candidates an exciting opportunity to get involved in a range of pioneering projects.
Reporting to the Principal Pollution Control Officer, the role will predominantly consist of monitoring and working on projects and campaigns to improve the air quality in Hackney. Collaborative work with internal departments is essential, particularly in relation to Council transport teams and advising the planning authority on air quality issues for developments across the borough.
Experience of contaminated land is strongly desired with a good understanding of the regulatory framework and planning process. This includes the ability to scrutinise desktop studies, site investigations and remediation reports as well advising Council officials and members of the public on technical matters. A background in water management is also desired and a familiarity with local authority statutory obligations when interpreting the private water supply regulations would be an advantage.
You may need to prepare cases for legal proceedings and also attend court as a witness. To thrive in this role you must have a proactive approach, be highly organised and manage your own workload. You will need project management experience (or a strong aptitude) and be able to develop structures and systems for your work, making sure accurate records are maintained.
You must be able to discuss complex and sometimes sensitive information in a way that is understandable and have excellent written communication skills. From time to time, you may be asked to represent the Council as an expert, making presentations and building relationships with community groups and others. You will need experience in the technical and practical aspects of environmental pollution control and the ability to analyse and develop scientific reports.
You will need experience in the technical and practical aspects of air quality. While not essential, experience of environmental permitting, contaminated land and water issues and the corresponding regulatory frameworks would be of benefit. You should have an environment, science or pollution related qualification, a good level of experience and a full, clean driving licence is desirable.
Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.
If the opportunity of working here excites you, please apply.
Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification. It is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all the aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.
Please state at the top of your supporting statement whether you wish to be considered for the permanent, fixed term/secondment position or both.
Closing date for applications: 08 December 2019
Interview dates: 17 - 19 December 2019
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 race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. 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 under represented in our workforce.