Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 95,000 people and 3,000 businesses.
The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.
Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.
Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.
We are looking for a motivated individual with a solution-focussed, ‘can-do’ attitude and excellent communication skills to join our busy Environmental Protection Team.
The successful candidate will enjoy a varied and interesting workload, both in and out of the office, including undertaking investigations, carrying out environmental monitoring and taking enforcement action, but with a focus on matters relating to noise/acoustics such as statutory nuisance investigations and planning & licensing consultations.
Whilst the ideal applicant will therefore have relevant prior knowledge and experience, we also welcome applications from enthusiastic individuals looking for a career in Environmental Protection who are willing to undertake relevant training.
This exciting post will involve travelling, generally within the Borough, for which a mileage rate is payable. Candidates on POA grade (i.e. qualified and EHRB registered Environmental Health Officers) will also benefit from a leased car or cash alternative (included in above package).
The post holder will be required to participate in the delivery of the council’s out of hour’s noise service on nine evenings a year (subject to change).
The post holder must be able and willing to work remotely (e.g. from home) and will need to be able to work flexible and unsociable hours including some evenings and weekends.
Further details are contained in the accompanying Job Description, Person Specification and Salary Criteria.
Essential qualifications/experience –
The successful candidate will have a good level of general education to ‘A’ level standard or equivalent by experience, and have excellent organisational, time management, communication, IT and people management skills with a solution-focussed, ‘can-do’ attitude.
You will be a team-player, but also a self-starter who is able to work under pressure with minimum supervision.
A full driving licence and own car are essential.
The ideal candidate will hold a qualification in acoustics/noise control (or other relevant field e.g. environmental health/environmental sciences, etc.) at graduate or post-graduate level and/or have relevant experience and knowledge; however prior experience/knowledge is not essential for the right person who is keen to learn and willing to undertake training as may be required.
In return we offer you:
Childcare vouchers and discounts
Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. You can use vouchers to pay for a wide variety of childcare for children up to the age of 16. Discounts at selected retailers in the town centre and reduced membership at local Leisure Centres.
A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.
In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.
Employee Assistance Programme by Care First
Care First is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help,
whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.
A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.
An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager contact Deborah Wilders firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Gravesham Borough Council is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.