Position Title: Principal Environmental Health Officer x 2

  • Business Regulation – Food & Safety
  • Public Health Environmental Protection Ref no M109

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.

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).



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

Closing Date:  23:59 on 18 December 2022

Interview Date: 16/17 January 2023

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

If anyone would like to discuss these posts further, please contact;

Moira Cartwright, Public Health Environmental Protection (moira.cartwright@midlothian.gov.uk )

Gail McElroy, Business Regulation, Food & Safety (gail.mcelroy@midlothian.gov.uk)

or phone 0131 271 3559.

For more information and to apply see myjobscotland.

  • Job Reference
  • Salary Range
    £42,322 - £46,285 per year
  • Closing Date
  • Contact Person
    Moira Cartwright, Public Health Environmental Protection
  • Contact email
  • Contact Number
    0131 271 3559
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