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Port Health Officer

Job Introduction

Job title: Port Health Officer

Salary: £38,223 - £43,421

Location: Port Health Administrative Buildings / Port of Liverpool

A bit about us:

Liverpool is home to vibrant, energetic and engaged communities, people who take real ownership of their local area and are passionate about making our city a better place. We've got ambitious targets to meet by 2025 and we need people who are driven, dynamic and ready to deliver the very best for our communities. Public service is more important than ever, and this role represents a real opportunity to make a difference to our communities by transforming the way we work and placing our residents at the heart of everything we do

Working at Liverpool City Council provides an opportunity to contribute to your community and make a positive impact on the lives of residents. Our values shape how we work to deliver public services, and how we communicate with the residents we serve. We care about the best outcomes for local people, through our public services.

We are proud of our world-famous thriving city with its rich culture, affordable housing, stunning waterfront and our beautiful green spaces – there’s really something for everyone!

The role:

Mersey Port Health Authority is looking to recruit three Port Health Officers on a permanent basis

We are inviting applications from candidates who are either experienced Environmental Health Officers looking for a new challenge or newly qualified Environmental Health Officers looking to develop their Port Health skills.  To become part of our team, you will need to be enthusiastic, keen to learn and prepared to assist our current team of dedicated personnel in the undertaking of our statutory functions. 

Health controls. Successful candidates will be responsible for enforcing United Kingdom legislation by means of enforcement, advice, guidance and education. Other responsibilities will include the enforcement of food safety legislation, International Health Regulations, including the inspection of vessels, and shellfish classification.

The ideal candidates must be highly organised and comfortable working under pressure, which includes making decisions in accordance with legislative requirements. Excellent communication skills are essential along with the ability to work as part of a team. IT proficiency and familiarity with Microsoft applications are desirable.

The main duties of the post include

  • Monitoring and reviewing all imports of products of animal origin and food not of animal origin including documentary checks, inspection, and sampling of products
  • Conducting verification of certificates of organic products at point of import
  • Undertaking ship sanitation inspections of cruise ships, ferries, merchant vessels, small passenger vessels and pleasure crafts to ensure compliance with UK and international standards.
  • Providing liaison, advice and guidance on communicable disease control matters at the Port of Liverpool and Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Our offer to you:

  • At least 27 days holiday rising to 32 after 5 years service - option to purchase further days
  • Agile working - A 'Flexibility First' approach to Agile working, where flexibility is the norm rather than the exception
  • Part of the Local Government Pension Scheme - option to join the AVC scheme 
  • Progression - opportunities and training through a wide range of high quality learning
  • Health and Wellbeing offer including Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work and Travel Pass schemes 
  • Drive Time - a salary sacrifice car lease scheme
  • Family friendly policies with enhanced leave  
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Employee volunteering scheme 
  • Medicash

Next steps:

Closing date for this role is: Thursday 25th July 2024

If you would like to talk to a member of the team about the role, please contact Eilir Thomas via

Liverpool City Council is committed to fostering a workforce representative of the communities we serve. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we believe in appointing candidates based on their skills, experience, qualifications and abilities. To support this commitment, we guarantee an interview to candidates from under-represented groups who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role. 

If you require any reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010, such as an application form in a different format or additional time to complete your application, please contact us at

Although we advertise on Jobs Go Public and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications. Please ensure you complete your full profile, work and education history in Tribepad.

We reserve the right to close vacancies earlier than the specified date should we receive sufficient applications. If interested, please complete an application as early as possible



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