Job details

Reference number - 2345-2889

Location - Portsmouth, Hampshire

Salary - Band A £15,620 p.a.

Job type/hours - Temporary for 1 year - Full Time

Closing date: midnight on the 28th of April 2019

Applications received after this may not be considered.

Assessment and interviews will take place on: the 7th of May 2019


The Service

The Contaminated Land Team is a small team within the Regeneration Directorate of Portsmouth City Council, based at the Civic Offices.  The team has several roles: working closely with the Council's Planning Service, reviewing reports submitted through the planning system and providing advice and guidance to developers; providing factual information on historic land use to prospective house purchasers; responding to environmental enquires; and of identifying and managing contaminated land through its statutory duties.

What is the role?

The role is to provide support to the Contaminated Land Team ensuring that the team can archive reports and respond to enquiries about Contaminated Land in the city. This information is captured on a map based database ('GIS'). This information includes the historic use of land that could have left pollution, any records of testing, or of remediation.

The role will involve creating and maintaining these records, interrogating the information to create summary reports for other team members. It may also involve creating formal reports for the public and for developers. A range of computer systems from MS-Office to proprietary mapping software will be used to achieve this.

Within this role you will be reporting to the Environmental Protection Officer of the Contaminated Land Team, but as a small team we tend to share workloads to achieve common aims. Whilst office based you will learn how Environmental Consultants assess land, by conducting a desk study, a site investigation and then (if necessary) remediating it so that it is suitable for the proposed end-use. You will also learn about how the council assesses land use and guides the redevelopment of land.

The team consists of a friendly group of 3 who have high expectations of staff. As a small team, team fit is important, as is the ability to share workloads and work confidently with the Planning Service. 

What we can teach you:

How Contaminated Land is managed. How we identify and record Portsmouth's industrial past (that has resulted in areas of pollution), and also how redevelopment of land is controlled so that there is no impact from this past

  • How local government works
  • How to carry out different types of analysis of information
  • How to use information to support facts and draw a conclusion
  • How to obtain information from others
  • How to communicate with customers

What you will achieve:

Knowledge of how to plan your work and time management skills to meet deadlines

Negotiation and persuasion skills including communicating in a business environment to all levels of staff and managers

Satisfaction that you are making a positive contribution to how the organisation works

Knowledge and skills to further your development

Who is the person?

We are looking for someone who:

  1. Is positive, motivated, thorough, responsible, committed and who understands the importance of confidentiality and discretion.
  2. Is a team player, able to fit into the current team and willing to help out as needed.
  3. Is consistent, supportive, proactive and flexible in managing the workload
  4. Has good organisation skills.
  5. Is able to manage differing priorities, not least that of the work and the studying.
  6. Is interested in environmental issues.
  7. Is organised and meticulous with an attention to detail, as you will be dealing with a varied workload.
  8. Is responsible and accountable for the delivery of personal tasks and outcomes.
  9. Is an excellent communicator.  You will have good written and communications skills as many of our enquiries are through written communication needing written responses.
  10. Takes pride in your and our successes.
  11. Has excellent IT skills in Microsoft Office applications (including Word, Excel) and experience of using databases. Willingness to learn new programs such as Geographical Information Systems ('GIS') an advantage. 

How to apply

Please see the application attached at the bottom of the job page and email your application to or by post to Recruitment, Portsmouth City Council, Floor 1, Core 5, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2EP ensuring the reference number and the Post Title are in the subject box – this will ensure your application is sent to the correct manager as quickly as possible.  We receive 1000’s of applications and do not always have the resource to investigate an application that is not clearly marked. If you do not receive an automated reply then we have not received your application.