Environmental Noise Officer

  • Ongoing Agency
  • Belfast
  • 20.47

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BSNI is working with Belfast City Council to Recruit Environmental Noise Officer.

Temporary opportunity

Salary: £20.47

Main purpose of job

Reporting to the Unit Manager the postholder will be responsible for the coordination of advice and a consistent approach to responses on noise and environmental impact to internal and external planning applications and the provision of advice to the council on environmental noise matters.

Assist with the monitoring of such budgets as are allocated for the discharge of the relevant functions of the unit in accordance with the council’s stated policies to ensure that the relevant objectives are met within budget and provide value for money.

Assist the Unit Manager with the development and implementation of noise policies and strategy in accordance with statutory and, or locally determined objectives, providing technical advice to support such developments where environmental noise is a consideration.

Provide specialist advice on environmental noise and vibration issues to all council departments and to assist the council to deliver on key council priorities and provide specialist technical advice and assistance to officers engaged in the investigation and resolution of complex environmental noise and vibration investigations.

Carry out interpretive analysis on environmental noise modelling, to operate and maintain noise monitoring equipment and to make an effective contribution to the development and achievement of an effective, safe and efficient noise monitoring service.

Represent the Unit Manager, as requested, within the post-holder’s sphere of responsibility.

Summary of responsibilities and personal duties

1.           Act as the Lead Officer for the City and Neighbourhood Services Department on environmental noise and vibration, to provide advice on the interpretation of acoustic reports and to assist in developing and providing consultation responses on behalf of the City Protection Service in relation to environmental noise.

2.           Provide support of specialised professional and technical nature to the Unit Manager in respect of environmental noise and vibration.

3.           Assist officers to identify planning applications where potential environmental noise issues exist and to request information as appropriate to progress the applications with regard to environmental noise.

4.           Provide specialist advice and support to officers involved in assessing planning applications, including determining whether noise investigations and reports, etc. that are submitted are appropriate and are in accordance with legislative, statutory guidance, UK and European standards and council and governmental planning policy and requirements.

5.           Work with officers to ensure that all consultation responses are completed and returned to the Planning Service in accordance with all relevant unit, service, departmental and corporate performance indicators.

6.           Liaise, as required, with the council’s Planning Service, DfI Strategic Planning Division and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, and other government bodies and stakeholders as required in relation to health and environmental impacts from environmental noise.

7.           Liaise, as required, with developers, applicants, agents and consultants in relation to health and environmental impacts from environmental noise.

8.           Apply specialised professional expertise and knowledge of environmental and planning policy, UK and European standards, guidance and legislation in the assessment and management of environmental noise and vibration.

9.           Keep up to date with relevant environmental noise legislation, policy and technical guidance and to provide training, briefings and updates to officers as necessary.

10.        Be proficient in the calibration and use of sound level meters, accelerometers and noise nuisance recording equipment and in the interpretation of noise and vibration data for the purposes of environmental noise surveys and complaint investigation.


11.        Utilise noise modelling and geographic information systems (GIS) software for the prediction of environmental noise from point, line and surface sources and to evaluate the impact of environmental noise control strategies.

12.        Arrange and carry out environmental noise surveys and inspections as required.

13.        Be responsible for the development and management of data in noise databases and for responding or coordinating replies to environmental information requests. Carry out investigations into and compile responses to all enquiries, requests for service, corporate complaints and freedom of information/data protection requests relating to the work of the unit in line with agreed council standards.

14.        Provide expert advice on environmental noise matters to other council departments in relation to developments on council land.

15.        Provide advice and guidance on the requirements of legislation and council planning policy in relation to environmental noise and vibration matters.

16.        Assist the council’s Planning Service in the development of Supplementary Planning Guidance in respect of environmental noise as part of the council’s Local Development Planning (LDP) functions and statutory duties.

17.        Provide expert witness evidence and advice to court, council committees and hearings in a clear and concise manner.

18.        Maintain noise and pollution records on electronic and paper information systems and to complete detailed reports on all works carried out and actions taken.

19.        Ensure that all noise records and registers are properly kept and maintained and to prepare such reports as are required or as directed by the Unit Manager.

20.        Represent the council as required at inter-authority liaison groups and other meetings or seminars with professional, voluntary or business organisations.

21.        Undertake monitoring and investigative work outside normal working hours and participate in the council’s ‘out of hours’ noise service as and when required.

22.        Motivate and manage any staff that may be assigned, to the post holder to ensure effective service delivery and to be responsible for reviewing and implementing a proper staff training and development programme.

23.        Participate in all induction and in-service training provided by Belfast City Council and in the induction and support of all newly appointed staff and other human resource management policies and procedures, as appropriate, including, absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedure.

24.        Participate as directed in the council’s recruitment and selection procedures.

25.        Act in accordance with the council and departmental policies and procedures including customer care, equal opportunities, health and safety, safeguarding and any pertinent legislation.

26.        Undertake the duties in such a way as to enhance and protect the reputation and public profile of the council.

27.        Undertake such other relevant duties as may from time to time be required.

Essential criteria

Qualifications and experience

Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

·          have a third level qualification in an acoustics, engineering or environmental discipline such as Acoustical Engineering, Environmental Acoustics, Environmental Science, Environmental Health or equivalent and be a full, current member of the Institute of Acoustics or the Association of Noise Consultants or equivalent;

·          have a full, current driving licence which enables them to drive in Northern Ireland and have a car available for official business use, or, access to a form of transport which will enable them to meet the requirements of the post in full[1]; and

·          be able to demonstrate on their application form, by providing personal and specific examples, a) at least two years’ relevant technical experience gained at a professional level of working in environmental noise.

This experience must include technical competence in two of the following three areas:

b)     the interpretation and practical application of environmental noise legislation, British Standards and guidance, for example: BS4142, BS8233, BS5228, ProPG: Planning and Noise Professional Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise, and the Noise Policy Statement for Northern Ireland (NPSNI);

c)     computer aided noise modelling, transportation noise assessments, building acoustics and the development and interpretation of acoustics reports for the purposes of planning and environmental noise complaint investigation; and, or

d)     the maintenance, calibration and use of environmental noise and noise nuisance monitoring equipment, undertaking environmental noise surveys, and the interpretation of noise data for the purposes of resolving environmental noise complaints.

Special skills and attributes

Applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of the following special skills and attributes, which may be tested at interview:

Technical knowledge: good knowledge of legislation and best practice pertaining to City Protection Services with a particular emphasis on environmental noise procedures in relation to planning and complaint investigation.

Work planning and organisational skills: an understanding of the techniques of project management and the ability to manage others to ensure the best possible results are produced for the resources invested. Ability to establish and maintain effective administrative, work monitoring and tracking systems and to innovate and work creatively on their own, with determination to meet/exceed targets and objectives.

Business planning and strategic skills: the ability to look ahead, identify issues and assess options in order to assist senior managers in the preparation of an annual business plan to manage and promote the unit in line with departmental and corporate objectives.

Communication skills: the ability to communicate effectively on technical matters relating to environmental noise, both in writing and orally with a wide range of audiences, ensuring that communication methods and materials are appropriate and to the highest standard.

Analysis and decision making skills:  the ability to identify obstacles and exercise critical judgement in arriving at practical solutions, advice and recommendations.

Information technology skills: the ability to use standard office programmes, standard packages and appropriate specialised programmes including GIS.

Customer care skills:  the ability to deal effectively with the public and representatives of outside bodies in a helpful and positive way that responds to their needs.

BSNI is acting as a recruitment business

Contact Debbie on 02895219313 for further information

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