Pollution Control Officer
Hackney is London's most diverse and dynamic borough. Stretching from the edge of the City, to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it is an area of rapid economic growth, particularly in the tech, media, fashion and other creative industries. Hackney has more green space than any other inner London borough, some of the capital's best schools, and first class transport connections, which combined with excellent local public services and a thriving arts, cultural and retail sector, are fast making it one of London's most popular areas to live, work and visit.
Our challenge is to make sure that our borough's economic growth provides benefits for everyone who lives here, and to create opportunities that will transform the lives of local people.
We know that our staff are key to our success and we are seeking people with ambition, creativity and commitment to our values to help us achieve the best for the people of Hackney.
Do you want to make a real difference by contributing to Hackney Council’s efforts to improve air quality?
The Council is looking for two individuals to join our small team with a good understanding of air quality. In particular experience and specialism in one or more of the following areas is sort - air quality: planning; air quality action plan projects; transport, and; public health. Air quality has become a prominent issue across London, and as an inner city authority, Hackney has made air quality a key priority and so is expanding its air quality team.
Hackney has been leading the way on many projects to improve and mitigate the harmful effects of poor air quality and we’re currently updating our Air Quality Action Plan. This will provide the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to get involved in a range of projects aimed at reducing exposure to air pollution and improving air quality. We are also experiencing unprecedented economic growth and so it is vital we ensure development doesn’t worsen air quality and harm people’s health.
As Pollution Control Officer (Air) you will work to make sure we meet our statutory and legal obligations. Depending on your specialism and role you could be delivering a range of mostly air quality related projects, running our extensive air quality monitoring programme and/or advising the planning authority on air quality issues for developments across the borough. You may need to issue warnings, obtain Warrants and help prepare cases for legal proceedings. You may also need to 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. Day to day, you will be dealing with queries from a range of stakeholders. You must be able to discuss complex and sometimes sensitive information in a way that is understandable. You will also need good written communications skills to write reports.
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 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 a science or pollution related qualification, a good level of experience and a full, clean driving licence.
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.
If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please visit www.hackney.gov.uk/jobs-careers to apply.
Please include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience would enable you to meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.
Closing date: Friday 26th March 2019, (22:59pm)
Interviews: 23rd, 25th, 26th April 2019
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.