Environmental Enforcement Officer

£18,086 to £20,904 per annum

Permanent - Full-Time

Regulatory Services

Dover District Council

Do you want to make a real difference to the local environment and quality of life for communities?

If the answer is yes then consider joining our Environmental Crime Team in a challenging yet rewarding enforcement role dealing with environmental crime (littering, dog fouling, fly-tipping etc) and stray dogs. Successful candidates will be required to work on their own initiative as well as give support to the Environmental Crime Team Leader.  The main duties are patrolling for environmental offences, enforcement action including issuing fixed penalty notices, responding to stray dog service requests including seizure, transportation and micro-chipping of dogs.

We are looking for a self motivator preferably with recent experience in Environmental Crime or an enforcement role. You must be a good communicator, capable of working accurately under pressure and able to deal with people in a professional and diplomatic manner even in difficult situations.

If the above sounds like you and you have a full driving license, knowledge of Microsoft Office computer systems and Grade A-C in Maths & English then please contact us for an application form.

Dover District Council is committed to equality of opportunity. All applicants will be selected on their merits, previously applicants need not apply. We promote flexible working patterns. 

Main Duties:

  1. Undertake routine patrols in relation to dog fouling, and littering offences, and, respond to environmental crime related service requests in a timely manner.
  2. Respond to stray dog service requests including the seizure, transportation and micro-chipping of stray dogs in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
  3. Ensure all investigations / patrols etc are carried out in accordance with relevant legislation, guidance, policies, procedures and agreed service standards. Details of all visits, conversations, observations, actions etc is to be recorded and documented thoroughly at all times for evidential and statistical purposes.
  4. Issue fixed penalty notices where appropriate in accordance with relevant policies and procedures. In consultation with the Team Leader, take any other appropriate enforcement action where necessary. This includes preparation of prosecution files, legal notices, reports, schedules and correspondence etc. Attend court where necessary. 
  5. Carry out immediate cleansing of dog fouling, littering and small scale fly-tips where necessary. Report any other environmental issues observed to the relevant department / agencies for response.
  6. Contribute to the development and implementation of educational and promotional activities where required. This may include presentations to public meetings, schools, Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Forums, Community Groups and businesses.
  7. Maintain a sound knowledge of relevant legislation, guidance etc.
  8. Liaise, consult and provide reliable and accurate information and advice to external agencies, relevant stakeholders, Councillors, colleagues, members of the public etc as required. Maintain and develop effective partnerships with the local Police, Environment Agency, KCC Community Wardens, and other Council departments.
  9. Represent the Council / department at various internal and external meetings as required on matters relating to environmental crime.
  10. Any other reasonable duties that may be required from time to time including attending visits / inspections / meetings outside normal office hours as required.

Shifts will be worked on a rota basis of 4 on 2 off between the hours of 6am and 9pm.

Essential Requirements:

  • Enforcement experience
  • Experience of dealing with members of the public in confrontational situations
  • Capable of being on feet for long periods, walking long distances and lifting and manoeuvring heavy objects
  • Knowledge of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and environmental enforcement legislation
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • GCSE (Grade A-C) in English & Maths. (or equivalent)
  • Full Driving Licence

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in working with communities and partnerships in delivering educational initiatives / campaigns.
  • Experience of working with or handling dogs.
  • Geographical knowledge of the district and surrounding area.