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Council HQ John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington, EH41 3HA
£42,484 - £47,447 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

Vacancy Information

Hourly rate of pay: £23.28-£26.00

Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday
Flexi time is applicable, and starting and finishing times are flexible.
To start January 2024.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join Protective Services in one of the most beautiful and rapidly growing areas of Scotland with over 40 miles of magnificent coastline, rolling countryside, high quality food and drink, world-renowned links golf courses and excellent links to Edinburgh city centre.

You will be responsible for exercising powers and discharging duties effectively to meets relevant local and national standards, particularly dealing with more complex and challenging cases and having a lead role for certain areas.

In addition, you will work closely with the Team Manager to assist with the management and development of the team including some line management responsibilities and deputising for the Team Manager when required.  You will also support the Team Manager with service development with the aim continuously improve service delivery and performance.

Applicants should hold the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) Diploma in Environmental Health or have received confirmation from REHIS of the equivalency of their qualifications. Where applicants consider their qualifications to be equivalent to the REHIS Diploma in Environmental Health contact should be made directly with the Institute by emailing The Institute will provide details of the assessment process including anticipated timescales and fees for the assessment.

You should also be able to demonstrate experience in dealing a range of food-law related matters including  formal investigations and prosecutions. Experience in a supervisory role and policy development would be advantageous. You must possess a full current driving licence.

As well as offering a stunning working environment, East Lothian Council has a range of flexible working options to meet your work-life balance needs, including hybrid / home working if certain criteria are met.

Home Working Consideration
Applications for homeworking or hybrid working will be considered for this post, subject to a trial period and in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies which can be found here. Home or Hybrid working options can be discussed with candidates invited for interview. All applicants must live in the UK and will be expected to attend Council offices from time to time as required.

Job Details

To actively contribute to achieving the aim of Protective Services in promoting, protecting and enhancing the health, safety and wellbeing of people living, working and spending time in East Lothian and to support Council Services in managing the risks associated with delivering and maintaining services in our local communities.

To assist and actively support the Team Manager in carrying out the delegated duties undertaken within the Business Compliance (Environmental Health) Team. The specific duties and technical activities relate to;

• Interventions carried out in relation to Food Law
• Occupational Health and Safety activities in local authority enforced premises.
• The regulation and monitoring of Private Water Supplies
• Activities in relation to communicable disease investigations as per the Public Health (Scotland) Act 2008.
• Other environmental health matters in designated premises such as smoking in public places and single use plastics.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job. You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form. You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work. Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours. Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Educated to degree level and hold the Diploma in Environmental Health awarded by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) or equivalent qualification as approved by REHIS.

Relevant Environmental Health related professional qualifications e.g. Advanced HACCP, OCV etc.

Driving Licence
Full current driving licence and access to a vehicle*
(*Where a disability precludes you from obtaining a driving licence, ELC will take into account its responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to allow for your disability).

The preferred candidate for this position may be subject to a Basic Disclosure provided by Disclosure Scotland prior to a formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note:
If a Disclosure check is required and you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will also be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link:

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If you require further information about this vacancy, please call 01620 827868, or email us on

Please note: We do not accept CV's (either electronically or by mail). All our vacancies must be applied for by fully completing the on-line application form. Although there is an ‘import data from my CV’ function on MyJobScotland, this only imports very limited data and should not be relied upon to complete the application form.

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