Environmental Health Officer
About the Organisation
Cook Shire is the largest shire in terms of land area in Queensland, covering over 100,000 square kilometres and occupying 80% of Cape York Peninsula. Cooktown is 331km from Cairns (approximately 4 hours by car on the inland road). It is a vibrant area, from the main township of Cooktown to smaller outlying communities rich in indigenous history, agriculture, tourism and arts. About half of the Shire's 4400-strong population live in Cooktown, on the banks of the Endeavour River. Cook Shire is enriched by the unique contributions of its smaller communities, with Lakeland, a national leader in agriculture and Laura which is world-famous for its rock art. More information on Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula can be found here.
Council has developed an organisational structure that maximises the effectiveness of service delivery to the community. The council comprises the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Leadership Team along with three departments:
- Organisational Business Services
- Community, Economy and Innovation
- Infrastructure Services
The Mayor, Chief Executive Officer, Directors form the Executive Leadership Team. The role of this team is to provide consultation on issues regarding the Council's strategic direction and long term planning.
As one of the largest employers in Cape York, Cook Shire Council supports this growing region and a diverse community of over 4,000 people. It was recently ranked in the top 10% of local governments across Australia so there couldn’t be a better time to come up and experience everything the region has to offer and work for a Council that is focused on continual improvement in everything it does for the community it serves.
Council are building a safe and inclusive culture where their people are empowered to deliver their best work. Embracing innovation and change, they continually strive to deliver a high-quality service across this vibrant, diverse, and iconic shire. They are passionate and energetic, working as one team to build a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable community. Coming off the back of their best tourist seasons - even COVID has not had the impact many other communities have experienced. Progress is important to them, and they make it a priority to invest in their people’s wellbeing, growth, and development.
For further information please access the Council website here
About the Position
Reporting to the Planning and Environment Manager you will be able to make the role your own and hit the ground running with several upcoming events that need food and event licences issued. You will take ownership of and be supported in a role that is running efficiently with registers, systems, and procedures all fully documented. Cooktown Expo 2021 event planning is well underway however you will play an integral role in the success of this from an EHO perspective for Council.
Administering public health legislation including conducting inspections to ensure an acceptable standard of environmental health is maintained; creating and promoting awareness within the community and assisting in the development, implementation and ongoing communication of the Shire’s strategic and business plans, policies, and objectives will underpin your work in this area.
You will also confidently investigate, manage and resolve public complaints and enquiries.
The objective of the Environmental Health Officer will be:
- Reporting to the Planning and Environment Manager you will be able to make the role your own and hit the ground running with several local events planned this year, which will require food and event licences issued. You will take ownership of and be supported in a role that is running efficiently with registers, systems, and procedures all fully documented. Cooktown Expo 2021 event planning is well underway however you will play an integral role in the success of this from an EHO perspective for Council.
- Administering public health legislation including conducting inspections to ensure an acceptable standard of environmental health is maintained; creating and promoting awareness within the community and assisting in the development, implementation and ongoing communication of the Shire’s strategic and business plans, policies, local laws and objectives will underpin your work in this area.
- You will also confidently and appropriately investigate, manage and resolve public complaints and enquiries
- To provide a service educating the public on environmental health matters
- Facilitate open communication and education
Renowned for being a ‘team player’ and for being self-motivated and flexible, you are also a good communicator who easily engages with a range of stakeholders. With relevant tertiary qualifications, you have sound administrative and organisational skills and will enthusiastically use your initiative to manage a diverse workload across the Shire.
Needless to say, you will have a sound knowledge of the Food Act and Environmental Health legislation and enjoy communicating with people from a range of backgrounds and work with pride as you represent the Council across the community.
Additional requirements include:
- relevant qualifications and/or experience in environmental health
- high level of understanding of technical situations related to environmental health and the ability to provide recommendations
- understanding of the role and responsibilities of Local Government in relation to the regulation of environmental health, with the ability to interpret and apply legislation effectively
- experience in technical reports, standards and policies
- experience in dealing with the community and other stakeholders in a professional manner
- demonstrated problem solving and influencing skills
- excellent writing, verbal communication and customer service skills
- current "C" class manual drivers licence
Why This Role?
If you feel you can be passionate about the role you can play in maintaining the integrity of the local businesses and facilities, then this is a great position and opportunity to join a progressive Council where you can truly make your mark.
For those considering a ‘sea change’ this could be your chance to enjoy life away from the daily commute and to enjoy all the benefits of living in a truly unique coastal location where work/life balance is genuinely possible. The organisation is very ‘family-friendly’ and flexible hours are genuinely supported by management.
If we’ve piqued your interest and you would love to live and work in the tropics – then call to discuss what could be a genuine, career enhancing opportunity.
Cooks Shire is an equal opportunity employer and encourages a diverse workplace. Indigenous community members and women are strongly encouraged to apply, and all applications are assessed on merit.
How to Apply
Before you apply for this position, please read the position description carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position. You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below. Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume. A cover letter is not mandatory but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.
PEAK Services is working in conjunction with Cook Shire Council exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in the recruitment and contracting services.
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Applications will close on Monday 19th April at 10pm. Please ensure you leave adequate time to complete your application before the closing date and time.
For a confidential conversation, please call Rona Horsfall at Peak Recruitment Services on 0438 943 854.