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Environmental Management Officer

Environmental Protection Team
Place of work:
Home based; South Norfolk House, Long Stratton; Thorpe Lodge, Norwich
Salary details:
Circa £35,485 per annum
Job term:
Full Time
Closing date:
07 March 2021 11:30 PM
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Salary: Circa £35,485 per annum

Hours: 37 hours per week (part-time applications may be considered)

Do you care about the environment? Do you want to make a difference? 

Role Snapshot… As a key member of the Environmental Protection team serving our two councils you will use your degree-level training and working experience in-depth on technical and specialist environmental matters to protect people’s health and improve the environment, helping to ensure that people can enjoy it. You will look after air, water, and land quality, promoting clean, safe and sustainable communities. At the same time, you will be working closely with businesses, enabling them to develop and grow whilst complying with relevant environmental regulations.

What you could be part of… Being an Environmental Management Officer is an important role for our Councils. You will join our busy Environmental Protection team and use your degree-level training and working experience to create a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment as a regulatory officer (inspecting, advising and enforcing where necessary).  The demands are varied, you could be responsible for managing our environmental permits (LAPPC & LA-IPPC), commenting on planning applications, handling contaminated land queries, advising on flood management or overseeing private water supplies we test across both districts. We are therefore looking for an enthusiastic candidate who specialises in one or more of these environmental disciplines.

The role will be challenging, requiring you to manage a busy workload, consider new technologies, and be aware of environmental sensitivities. In return you will be provided with full support and guidance and be in control of your own development and career path.

Working as a One Team for our Councils enables you to be part of an organisation which is proud to deliver high-quality, customer focussed services. Our success comes from us being commercially astute and business-like.  Continuous improvement is also vital and we challenge ourselves to develop new and innovative ways to improve the services that make a real difference to people’s lives.

What you’ll be doing…

  • Investigating, evaluating and commenting in-depth on technical and specialist environmental matters including air quality, contaminated land, industrial air pollution prevention and control, noise control, water management, etc.
  • Contributing to and deliver against relevant strategies e.g. the Contaminated Land Strategy.
  • Completing and submitting annual monitoring reports to central government departments.
  • Acting as knowledge leader in this area of work and ensure that all legal obligations are met, including providing expert evidence in legal matters relating to this area of work.
  • Developing and delivering an ongoing programme of air quality monitoring.
  • Undertaking scientific measurements, environmental surveys and any other activity to gather data as necessary.
  • Carrying out risk assessments on private water supplies and private distribution networks within the districts, in accordance with water regulations, monitor the results and take legal enforcement action as required.
  • Providing specialist advice and support in this area of work to both internal and external colleagues, elected Members and the community
  • Responding to planning application consultations in relation to environmental impact.

You must have…

  • A degree in environmental science or other related qualification and extensive knowledge of and experience in the interpretation and application of all relevant legislation.
  • Demonstrable experience of investigating complex technical issues and instigating legal action where appropriate.
  • Demonstrable experience in the preparation and presentation of clear and concise technical reports to a range of audiences.

What’s in it for you…

Our package includes:

  • 25 days holiday increasing to 28 days after 5 years service plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time employees)
  • Opportunity to work your hours flexibly to improve your work life balance (where operationally possible)
  • Employer pension contributions of 15% with the option to make additional voluntary contributions
  • Access to our One Team Rewards scheme including discounts in high street shops and restaurants, employee assistance programme and car lease scheme – with more to come!
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Regular reviews with your line manager, develop a personal development plan, as well as opportunities to undertake training
  • Compassionate leave and sickness entitlement for times of need 
  • Support towards volunteering days in the community and encouragement to be involved with fun activities to raise money for local and national charities.

You may still have questions about the role and can contact Tony Cooke, Environmental Protection Manager  on 07887 517710 to answer these for you.

Interview date: 16 March 2021

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