Senior Animal Control Officer

Employer: Regeneration, Culture and Environment (FLS)
Salary: Range 4 - £29,793 - £35,410 per annum / pro rata (as per 1 April 2024)
Location: Hybrid – Works part from Deangate Ridge and part from home.
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 26/04/2024 at 23:59
Reference: REC3064VR

Are you looking for a new challenge in an environment where no two days are the same?

We are seeking an enthusiastic, confident, flexible and self-motivated individual to join our extremely busy Animal, Noise & Nuisance Team. You will be part of a team whose work includes the collection and transportation of stray dogs, responding to complaints of dog related issues such as dog fouling and dog on dog attacks. You will also be responsible leading the promotion of responsible dog ownership within borough through social media and engagement events.  In addition to this, you will assist with investigating unlicensed animal activities such as dog breeding and animal boarding. You will also be required to take part in the out of hours stray dog service.

The team is committed to providing an excellent service to our residents, the business community and our partners. Applicants must have strong communication and interpersonal skills to be able to deal with a wide range of customers in different and at times challenging situations. It is essential you are experienced and confident in handling dogs of all sizes and temperaments and have previously been in an investigative role.  You must have a ‘can do’ work attitude, be self-motivated and willing to get involved in different work streams and take initiative. You will be expected to take responsibility for a varied caseload and be committed to team working.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

    We're committed to making Medway carbon neutral by 2050. We have developed an action plan to ensure we play our part in addressing the climate emergency.  Our declaration fits into our Council Plan priority of making Medway a place to be proud of. The main outcome being a 'clean and green environment'. All Medway Council staff can access an additional day’s paid leave to undertake a volunteering activity which supports climate change. 

    Our organisation:

    Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

    Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

    We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

    Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

    If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please call Rochelle Roberts on 01634 333196

    Important Information-

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile.

    Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement


    Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, family commitments, sexual orientation, age, HIV status, religious or political beliefs, social class or trade union activity or irrelevant spent conviction.

    For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online.

    Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

    Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

    We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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