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Reference Number 13703
Position Title Environmental Health Officer
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Spence Street
Minimum Award/Classification AA021- QLGO-Lev 2.1 - 36.25 H/W 
Maximum Award/Classification AA053- QLGO-Lev 5.3 - 36.25 H/W 
Roster Pattern 9 day fortnight 
Position Summary

Environmental Health Officer 

Reference Number: 13703

Salary Range: $59,706.96 - $83,159.75 per annum

Location: 119 - 145 Spence Street, Cairns Qld

Applications Close:  Wednesday, 27 October 2021 

Live, work and play in one of the most beautiful places on the planet and enjoy the lifestyle and benefits that come with it.

Situated in tropical North Queensland, Cairns is a thriving vibrant city framed by world class attractions such as the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics - Daintree Rainforest and nearby Atherton Tablelands and outback Savannah regions. With an estimated population of approx. 165,000 the Cairns Regional Council local government area encompasses 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea.    

With our purpose to “serve the community”, we are committed to providing a sustainable liveable city that enhances our unique lifestyle and enriches our community and region.  

We are proud of our community and the key role you can play in making the Cairns region a great place to live, work and learn.  Our commitment to high quality services means that we need talented, committed people – we need you!   

We are now seeking a dynamic, committed and suitably qualified professional with demonstrated knowledge and experience in Environmental Health to join our Regulatory Services team now.   

The primary objectives of the position are:   

  • To implement Council’s Environmental Health and Permit Compliance Programs.
  • To investigate all complaints alleging relevant breaches of the following environmental health related legislation (and associated regulations) including but not limited to:  

-        Public Health Act 2005; 

-        Food Act 2006;  

-        Public Health (infection Control for Personal Appearance Services) Act 2003;  

-        Environmental Protection Act 1994;  

-        Environmental Protection Policies – Air (2008), Noise (2019) and Water (2009);  

-        Cairns Regional Council’s Local Laws 

  •  Attend to the enforcement of the above legislation and collect evidence for further action, including drafting warrants and preparation of material for court prosecution. 

To be successful in this role you will require: 

  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health) or such other qualifications as are accepted by the Chief Health Officer (Qld) and qualifies for membership of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health.
  • Current open ‘C’ class driver’s licence including manual vehicles.
  • Knowledge of the Food Act, Health Acts and other Legislation relevant to environmental health.
  • Proven ability to set and meet time lines as set by Legislation, Council Local Laws and Policies.
  • Demonstrated previous experience in inspection, investigation, basic report and issuing infringements in relation to identified breaches of legislation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to draft routine correspondence and reports.
  • Demonstrated methodical approach to decision making.
  • Demonstrated accuracy in record keeping.
  • Ability to relate in a courteous and diplomatic manner, particularly in dispute situations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to being a team member that supports; motivates and participates in team discussions to achieve the team goals and corporate achievement.
  • The ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with both internal and external customers.
  • Capacity to exercise discretion.

In return we offer the following benefits:  

  • 9 Day Fortnight
  • Up to 5 weeks annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised uniform allowance
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym / swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development  

How to Apply:

Your application must be submitted online and must consist of the following:

  • Cover Letter addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria.
  • Copy of your Resume.

Applications not addressing the full selection criteria will not be accepted.

Pre-Employment Assessment: 

As part of the selection process applicants may be required to undertake some or all of the following pre‑employment assessments / checks:-  

  • Pre‑employment medical, which will include a functional capacity assessment and drug and alcohol test.
  • National police / criminal history check.
  • Practical Assessment
  • Numeracy and Literacy Assessment
  • Computer Skills Assessment
  • Qualification / Licence Verification
  • Working with Children & Young People (Blue Card) Verification
  • Right to Work in Australia Check
  • Directorship Check

Employment Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a position at Cairns Regional Council, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:-

  • Permanent resident of Australia
  • Australian Citizen
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Entitlement to work visa
Selection Criteria Essential: Do you have a current and valid C Class Drivers' Licence or above?
Essential: Do you have a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health) or relevant equivalent qualification related to this position?
Essential: Do you have knowledge of the Food Act, Health Acts and other Legislation relevant to environmental health?
Essential: Do you have eligibility / the right to work in Australia?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 27/10/2021
Position Description
Information Kit - Environmental Health Officer CD221 #13703.pdf Open
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEST) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.