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Environmental health officer recruitment

If you're an ambitious individual looking for a challenging environmental health role in a growing city, we want you to join our team.

The information on this page and further detail about the available roles is included in our environmental health officer recruitment pack [PDF, 2MB].

Cambridge is a vibrant and exciting city that is growing very rapidly, but is also one of the most unequal cities in the UK. This creates a unique environmental health working environment, in which we work to tackle that inequality through our own services and partnerships.

This is your opportunity to play a key role in providing and shaping our services for the future. You might directly undertake food hygiene inspection work, respond to significant safety issues, or train to become an environmental health officer.

Working in our Commercial and Licensing team, you'll manage your own workload and lead on relevant projects, developing your experience across a wide range of areas and contributing to the objectives of the service.

We are looking for exceptional individuals to help us shape the future of our service and a great city.

About the posts

We're looking to recruit two full-time equivalent Environmental Health Officers, however we will consider recruiting a combination of the following three roles in accordance with the assessment & selection criteria and the requirements of each role specification.

In line with our smart working approach we'll consider any reasonable pattern of work that will allow the service objectives to be met, including both full and part-time applicants.

If you are applying as an environmental health officer, you will join us with a relevant environmental health degree (or equivalent) and certificate of registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board. Being food competent, food hygiene will be a key aspect of your varied workload. You'll be involved in a wide range of investigations and inspections in relation to commercial activities, and supported in your work by your team colleagues.

If you are applying as a senior technical officer specialising in food hygiene, you will join us with the relevant higher certificate in food control with the food inspection endorsement and certificate of registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board. With food hygiene being the primary focus of your role, you will also have some involvement with the other work of the team. You'll be involved in a wide range of investigations and inspections in relation to commercial activities within the city, and supported in your work by your team colleagues.

If you are applying as a trainee environmental health officer, you will join us having completed (or nearly completed) a degree in environmental health (or equivalent) and be actively working towards your certificate of registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board. You'll undertake a wide range of environmental health work, gaining practical training as you work. When fully qualified, you will progress into an environmental health officer role.

Whichever role you undertake, you'll make a real contribution to the wide range of commercial environmental health and licensing work we undertake. The team's work includes health and safety, infectious disease control, statutory nuisance, licensed premises, taxi licensing and various other licensing activities.

How to apply

To apply for a position, send your CV to recruitment@cambridge.gov.uk by no later than midday on 30 January.

You must include a supporting statement setting out how you meet the person specification for the role that you are applying for.

Your application must be tailored to the specific role you are applying for.

Timetable

  • 30 January: Closing date for submission of CV and personal statement. We'll notify you about the outcome of your application shortly after the closing date
  • Week commencing 11 February: Assessment and final interviews

Contact

For an informal conversation about the role contact Yvonne O’Donnell, Environmental Health Manager at yvonne.odonnell@cambridge.gov.uk or 01223 457951.