Job Ref: 509
Job Title: Pest Control Technical Officer
Salary range: £32,205 – ££33,204 per annum (Scale 5)
Hours per week: Full-time 35 hours
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: Sunday 9th June 2024, 23:59

Discover yourself in Lewisham where what you do makes a difference to our vibrant and culturally diverse communities!

We have a rich history of welcoming people from all over the world and are proud to be recognised as the UK’s first Borough of Sanctuary, for our work in championing the rights of refugees and migrants.

Introduction

Do you have the experience of dealing with the public in a diverse cultural environment?

Do you have a detailed knowledge of public health and nuisance pest species, their habitat, biology, significance, relevant legislation and measures used for their control?

Are you able to work on your own initiative or as part of a team?

Do you have good oral and written communication skills, keep accurate records and organise, plan and prioritise workloads?

What’s the role? …

To provide an efficient and responsive pest control service for residential and commercial premises within the borough

Ensure that relevant statutory responsibilities, Council and Directorate policies are effectively implemented.

Participate fully in the professional and technical activities of the team, including inspection of premises, surveys, investigations, and treatments as necessary. Be responsible for the safe keeping and maintenance of all allocated plant, equipment, and materials.

To advise the public on methods of pest prevention, proofing and basic hygiene, having due regard to public sensitivity about pests.

What’s in it for you?

Excellent training and development opportunities, plus a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance 
  • Local Government Pension scheme 
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies 
  • Season ticket and bicycle loans 
  • A range of staff discounts including local subsidised gym memberships 

Supportive staff networks

What we’re looking for:-

The candidate must be dependable, honest and be prepared to work outside the normal perimeters of their working hours. We are looking for problem solvers with a can-do attitude and an approach in helping residents and customers to solve pest issues within their homes and workplaces. You will have an eye for detail and be able to keep accurate records both digitally and written to plan and schedule appointments in an effective and timely manner. You will need to work as part of a team as well as on your own initiative. You will need to have a good level of health & dexterity, physical ability to climb ladders, crawl into tight spaces and lift heavy equipment. The role will require you to be attentive, assertive, driven with a willingness to support customers with a diverse range of backgrounds in sensitive situations.

Location

The job is primarily based at Wearside Service Centre, Wearside Road, Ladywell, Lewisham, London SE13 7EZ, but you will be expected to travel throughout the Borough visiting residents’ homes; businesses; communal areas; blocks of flats; parks and open spaces and other organisations as required. This post is not open to hybrid working.

Special conditions
  • Must hold a recognised Pest Control qualification (RSPH Level 2 or equivalent) 
  • Weekend working is required for this job (for which overtime will be paid)
  • A Full and current clean UK Driving License
  • Ideally but not essential experience in bird control work

The recruitment process is anonymous and we don’t accept CV’s.

  • Applicant handbook – please read the guidance in this handbook when applying. It is essential that you complete the application fully and that your supporting statement covers how you meet each of the person specification criteria listed. 

  • For an informal discussion about this job, please contact Darren McKellar – Pest Control & Allied Services Manager via email darren.mckellar@lewisham.gov.uk

To find out more, including a full job description and person specification, and to apply, please visit the Lewisham Council website.

Salary: £32,205 – £33,204 per annum (Scale 5)

N.B: All appointments will be offered at the minimum spinal column point (SCP) for the grade of the role. The only exception to this will be when matching current salary (up to the maximum of the scale), which is subject to evidential proof.

Diversity 

Lewisham Council is a Disability Confident employer. We welcome and encourage job applications of all abilities. If you require any reasonable adjustments in the application or interview, please contact the lead contact on this advert. We will make reasonable adjustments to make sure our disabled applicants and those with health conditions are supported throughout our recruitment process. We support the access to work scheme, further details are available at www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply

The Council has a dedicated employment support service, Lewisham Works, which offers Lewisham residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you want to join Lewisham Works, please email JobsAndSkills@lewisham.gov.uk and an advisor will be in touch with you.

The Council reserves the right to close adverts early if there is a large response.