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Fairfield House 8 Lothian Road, EH22 3AA
£42,322 - £46,285 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
36 hours per week
Work From Home:

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With 2 posts available, this is an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic and self-motivated Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) to fulfil the role of Principal Environmental Health Officer either within our Business Regulation Team (Food & Safety) or within our Public Health Environmental Protection Team.

The successful candidate will undertake an enforcement role as an officer providing support and supervising a team of EHO’s and technical officers. They will also assist the Team Manager with allocation of work, work planning and performance, responses to elected members, freedom of information requests and development of policy and procedures.

These posts are based within scenic Midlothian which is only a half hour journey away by road or rail from the centre of Edinburgh.   Midlothian Council is a small semi-rural authority but is the fastest growing Council in Scotland with a raft of new residential developments under way.   The role allows for hybrid working, giving the successful applicant the opportunity to combine working from home and the office. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a stunning rural location with a small friendly team of professionals and with a varied and diverse work load.






A degree or equivalent in Environmental Health plus the post graduate qualification of a Diploma from the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) or equivalent.

Evidence of Food Law Enforcement competency (Principal Officer Business Regulation - Food & Safety only)

Travel throughout the area is an essential part of your job, so a driving licence and use of a car are pre-requisite.


Chartered Member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland or equivalent (or working towards Chartered status).

A further relevant qualification in an appropriate specialist or management field.



Detailed knowledge and extensive experience of working in the field of interest coupled with wide theoretical knowledge across Environmental Health functions.

A comprehensive understanding of the practical application of statutory regulations with an understanding of forthcoming proposed initiatives / developments / legislation.


Significant post qualification experience in Environmental Health and a wider appreciation of the processes and procedures of local government in relation to relevant legislative matters.

Experience of managing staff

Should you wish to discuss these vacancies further please call 0131 271 3345 and ask to speak to Gail McElroy for the Business Regulation post or Moira Cartwright for the Public Health and Environmental Protection post.

Closing Date:  18th December 2022

Interview Date: 16th/17th January 2023

Vacancy Information

Position Title: Principal Environmental Health Officer x 2

  • Business Regulation - Food & Safety
  • Public Health Environmental Protection 

Directorate: Place             

Location: Fairfield House, Lothian Road, Dalkeith

Working from home: Hybrid                             

Contract Status: Permanent        

Hours of Work: 36  

Working Pattern: Monday to Friday        

Weeks per year: 52

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 36 hours over 52 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £42,322.15 per annum.


Compliance with the mandatory Cabinet Office PSN (Public Sector Network) Code of Connection requires the Council to meet a baseline personal security standard. This requires completion of a disclosure check for all employees who can access official information. The fee for this PSN Disclosure check will be met by you.

Additional Information

If you have difficulty applying for this post or accessing attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please email to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.