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Environmental Health Technician

Salary:£25419-£27514 / Grade G

Service Unit:Environmental Health and Community Safety

Closing Date:11/12/2022

Post Number:0370

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Location: Civic Centre

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About you

You might be someone on the way to being a qualified Environmental Health Officer, a career Environmental Health Technician, or someone with the right experience to adapt to this role. In any case, you will above all things be passionate about making a positive impact on people by working with them to improve their housing and their neighbourhoods. You will be knowledgeable about housing issues and will have an understanding of statutory nuisance. You will be methodical, diligent, and are an effective communicator with all types of people, in a number of mediums such as the written word, in person, or on the telephone. You are friendly and open, and have the ability to deal with conflict in a calm, rational manner. You will be able to work on your own initiative. A working knowledge and experience of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System would be useful, but not essential as training and mentorship will be provided. A Driver’s License is desirable but not essential.

About the role

Reporting to the Principal Environmental Health Officer, the role involves dealing with service demands in relation to housing standards, the inspection of Houses in Multiple Occupation and other houses and dealing with other neighbourhood issues, such as nuisances and fly-tipping. We work with landlords and service users to resolve issues, resorting to regulatory measures as appropriate, in line with our enforcement policy. In addition to regulatory activities, the role also involves the provision of financial assistance in the form of grants and loans for home improvements and adaptations. The role will involve some close working with the Neighbourhoods team on nuisances and ASB. A moderate degree of out of hours working is a part of the job. The person taking up the role would be expected to deal with cases from start to finish, with the assistance and mentorship of the Principal EHO and the EHO as necessary. The ability to manage a caseload and show initiative is integral to this role, as is the ability to work as part of a small team, contributing toward the wider work of the Environmental Health and Community Safety service. The role involves evidence gathering and regulatory action, such as the service of statutory notices and participation in prosecutions and court proceedings.

About the team

The Private Sector Housing Team comprises a Principal EHO, EHO, Private Sector Housing Officer, Senior Environmental Health Technician and Environmental Health Technicians. The primary work of the team involves maintaining and improving standards of housing in the Private Rented Sector, and for the most part this involves using Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 and Part 2 in relation to Houses in Multiple Occupation. We are also involved in Statutory Nuisance work in rented residential properties. We provide grants and loand for home improvements and disabled facilities grants for home adaptations. We have a large proactive inspection programme, so good inspection practices and recording of the results of those inspections is the foundation of much of our work. We are a team that uses statutory enforcement where it in necessary. We do not operate in districts; all officers cover all parts of Exeter. We are a team that works in concert with the Neighbourhoods Team and are able to work alongside that team to ensure capacity for enforcement work and monitoring. 

What next?

If we sound like the right fit for you and you feel like the right fit for us we would welcome your application. Please click on the Apply button at the bottom of this page.

Alternatively if you would like to find out more about the post, the team or working with us at the Council please contact Scott CarpenterPrincipal Environmental Health Officer on 01392 265228 via email at scott.carpenter@exeter.gov.uk

Our commitment

At Exeter City Council we are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

To support this commitment we will strive to implement reasonable adjustments to support any members of our communities who face barriers in recruitment processes, irrespective of the reason.

We are also proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

If you would like further information on this please contact our HR Team at hr.admin@exeter.gov.uk

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Last updated 15 November 2022