DIRECTORATE OF CORPORATE RESOURCES DOG WARDEN / ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SCALE 3/5 £15,570 - £21,306 REF: REC 01485 Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Letter from the Human Resources Manager The Council’s Vision and Objectives Job Description Person Specification Conditions of Service Information on Exempted Posts Equal Opportunities and Diversity Strategy Leaflet is available to view on http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/resources/170982/equal_opp_diver sity_strat.pdf Equality and Diversity Sub Groups Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Dear Applicant POST OF DOG WARDEN / ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Thank you for your enquiry about the post within Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Please find enclosed further details about the post and an application form for you to complete and return by the 10 July 2009. Any potential applicant who wishes to find out more about Knowsley MBC can access our website at www.knowsley.gov.uk.
Interviews are likely to take place within four weeks of the closing date. If you have not heard by then you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful. If you wish your application to be acknowledged, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope with your completed form.
The Council places great importance on maintaining high levels of attendance at work and all Directorates operate under well-established guidelines to monitor and control absence. If you are selected for interview the Council will, of course, be seeking references and your present or last employer will also be asked to give details of your sickness and attendance record over the last three years.
If due to a disability you require any assistance during the selection process please contact us in confidence, e.g. you may need a sign language interpreter, require an accessible interview room, or need help completing a written application [for example taped applications may be submitted by prior agreement] please contact the Recruitment and Employee Services Section on 0151 443 3509. ‘The Council is working jointly with the trade unions to implement a fair and equitable pay and grading structure in line with the 1997 Single Status Agreement. This will be achieved by reviewing every post within the Council through the job evaluation exercise which is currently being conducted. All posts are subject to the review and therefore advertised grades are provisional and will not be confirmed until the outcome of this exercise. You should note that you are applying for posts within the authority on this basis.’
You should return your application to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Human Resources and Development, PO Box 84, Ground Floor, Poplar House, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9WU, or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in this post. Yours sincerely
Jaci Dick Human Resources Manager *This pack is available in large print - please ask.
JOB TITLE: DEPARTMENT: DIVISION: GRADE: RESPONSIBLE TO:
Dog Warden/Enforcement Officer Corporate Resources Environmental Health & Consumer Protection SCALE 3/5, Bar at the top of 4 Environmental Health Manager
PURPOSE: To implement the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, in relation to stray dogs and other associated animal welfare activities/control and legislation. To enforce legislation relating to dog control and dog fouling including bye laws and the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996. To assist as required in the enforcement of environmental crime legislation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. To enforce the provisions of all dog legislation enforced by the local authority, including the following duties: Patrolling designated areas for dog fouling offences; serving fixed penalty notices; interviewing dog owners and complainants with regard to offences; Providing written statements and attending court to give evidence as required; Seizing stray dogs and delivering them to the council’s designated kennel 2 Enforcement of environmental crime legislation by the issue of fixed penalty notices and other methods including but not limited to: fly tipping, littering, fly posting, graffiti removal. 3 To implement a service for the well being of dogs, as agreed by management, in cooperation with local animal welfare organisations and the Police – in cases of pet care it may be necessary to liaise with other departments/ organisations, as appropriate.
4. To provide an advisory service in all aspects of animal care, training and responsibilities of dog owners. This may include formal and informal talks/ meetings/exhibitions, to schools, voluntary organisations and any other associated/ interested parties. 5. To co-ordinate a system spaying/neutering, including the collection/handling of fees involved.
6. To provide assistance in connection with the Council’s functions under the Rabies Contingency Plan for a declared infected area, including liaison with the Ministry of Agriculture. 7. To ensure that any vehicle provided is maintained in a roadworthy and satisfactory condition. It is also essential to keep the vehicle in a hygienic condition to reduce the risk of spread of animal diseases. 8. To ensure that any equipment/materials are used properly and maintained in a safe and satisfactory condition. 9. To accurately maintain electronic and paper records of all work activities. 10. To work outside of the normal hours of work for the post to suit the needs of the service and when required by the Environmental Health Manager. 11. To ensure that the Council’s equal opportunities and diversity policy is applied and maintained within the section. 12. To ensure appropriate health and safety procedures are maintained and followed within the section. 13. To carry out such other duties as may, from time to time, be required by the Head of Environmental Health and Consumer Protection. HEALTH AND SAFETY To use equipment as instructed and trained To inform management of any health and safety issues which could place individuals in danger
PERSON SPECIFICATION POST TITLE DIRECTORATE Dog Warden/ Enforcement Officer DCR GRADE GRADE: 3-4-5
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CRITERIA ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS Skills, knowledge, experience etc 1 Ability to embrace the values of KMBC 2 Experience of and demonstrated ability in the handling of dogs. A clear understanding of dogs and an ability to deal with them confidently and safely. 3 Ability to work independently and within the framework of a team 4 Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally and deal with the public in a firm but fair way in an enforcement role 5 Working knowledge of the law relating to dog control. 6 Working knowledge of the law relating to environmental issues such as fly tipping, littering and waste. 7 Ability to work with the minimum of supervision Qualifications 8 Capable of writing clear and concise letters and reports and preparing evidence for presentation to courts in English. 9 Computer literate particularly in use of Microsoft Office applications. 10 Formal qualifications in dog handling and or dog training are desirable but not essential. Health and safety 11 Demonstrate a well organised and methodical approach to work and an ability to meet strict deadlines. Personal attributes and circumstances 12 Demonstrate a personal commitment to continuous learning and development 13 Demonstrate a commitment to improving our services 14 Demonstrate a commitment to working as part of a team in a flexible and responsive manner 15 Demonstrate an ability to communicate in an open and honest manner.
16 Capable of dealing with the public sympathetically, but also with authority. 17 Well organised and methodical. 18 Must be able to lift and carry heavy items and work outside on uneven ground 19 Demonstrate good problem-solving skills and an innovative approach to work. Other features 20 Full and valid driving licence. Must drive a van provided for use at work. 21 Willing to work flexible hours and outside the normal work hours i.e. early mornings, evenings, weekends, bank holidays etc as required. 22 Willingness to undertake further training and study Note A uniform will be provided and must be worn *METHOD OF ASSESSMENT (*M.O.A) A = APPLICATION FORM C = CERTIFICATE P = PRESENTATION T = TEST DATE APPROVED BY AUTHORISED MANAGER
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Where the post involves working with children, in addition to a candidate’s ability to perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including: Motivation to work with children and young people Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE DIRECTORATE OF CORPORATE RESOURCES Post Grade General Dog Warden/ Enforcement Officer Scale 3-5, progression bar at the top of Scale 4 The conditions in the National Joint Council for Local Authority Services (Green Book) will apply. 36 hours per week. £16,991 to £21, 306 [bar at £18,937] Basic Leave is 22 days, rising to a maximum of 29 days with 10 years continuous Knowsley service. The successful applicant will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and may also be required to undergo a medical examination. The Council is a recognised ‘Investor in People’ and encourages training and development for all employees. You are automatically entered into the Local Government Pension Scheme, unless you elect not to join. Employees with contracts of employment of less than three months are not eligible to join the scheme. Contributions rates are dependant on salary as per the contribution rates shown below. The Council is in partnership with a Childcare Voucher Provider which offers employees a salary sacrifice scheme. Further details are available from Humans Resources. The post is not subject to receipt of satisfactory disclosure.
Hours of Work Salary Annual Leave
Contribution Rates With effect from 1 April 2008, contribution rates will be on a sliding scale based upon a scheme member’s full time annual pensionable pay. Part time employees’ percentage contribution rates will be based upon the pro rata full time pensionable pay. From 1 April 2009, the new contribution rates will be as follows: TABLE 1 Band 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pensionable Pay range £0 - £12,600 £12,600.01 - £14,700 £14,700.01 - £18,900 £18,900.01 - £31,500 £31,500.01 - £42,000 £42,000.01 - £78,700 More than £78,700 Contribution Rate 5.5% 5.8% 5.9% 6.5% 6.8% 7.2% 7.5%
From 1 April 2008 for those employees who were paying 5%, the changes to contribution rates are as follows; TABLE 2 Year Commencing 1 April 2008 1 April 2009 1 April 2010
Contribution rate 5.25% 5.5% 6.5%
EXEMPTED POSTS - CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU DISCLOSURE Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential. We welcome applications from diverse candidates. Certain posts are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check due to the nature of the work being undertaken, therefore all candidates who are successful at interview to one of these posts will be asked to complete an application form for a Disclosure check before the appointment is confirmed. Whilst the Council supports the rehabilitation of ex-offenders it is obliged in the recruitment of all employees to utilise an Exemption Order of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 in order to ensure safe recruitment to posts where working with children, vulnerable adults or other positions of trust are involved. These are referred to as Regulated Posts. If you apply for a post that is Regulated and subject to a disclosure you will be advised in the recruitment Job pack. If applicable you are required to disclose convictions on the recruitment Application Form under Section 8. Unless the nature of the work demands it, you will not be asked to disclose convictions that are `spent` under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you are successful at interview you will be asked to complete an application form for a Disclosure check before the appointment is confirmed. Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is registered with the Criminal Records Bureau to request Standard and Enhanced Disclosures on cautions, reprimands and final warnings, as well as convictions. We will process the application and pay the charge to the Criminal Records Bureau. Applicants should be aware that having a conviction or a record of some type of unacceptable behaviour would not necessarily bar you from employment in Regulated Posts, as any decision to employ will be considered on the individual circumstances of each case. If you are in doubt about what you should declare you can ask advice from a member of the Human Resources and Development Department on 0151 443 3509. Further information about the Criminal Records Bureau, including how information is assessed in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 can be found on their website: http://www.disclosure.gov.uk/index.asp?fuseaction=applying
SAFEGUARDING Where the post involves working with children, in addition to a candidate’s ability to perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including: Motivation to work with children and young people Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY SUB-GROUPS Knowsley Council has four established sub groups to support the equality and diversity agenda. The groups are the Black and Minority Workers’ Group, the Knowsley Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Forum, the Disability Workers’ Group and the recently formed Women’s Operational Workers’ Group. The groups are supported by the Corporate Equality and Diversity Manager, Paul Peng who can be contacted on 443 3073. Knowsley’s Black and Minority Workers Group (KBMWG) The group’s vision is to ‘promote respect and value diverse cultures within Knowsley’, and they are committed to challenging all forms of discrimination, racial harassment and bullying to promote race equality in employment and in the delivery of services. Through development days, members of the KBMWG have established and discussed terms of reference and decided on ways to be involved with the council corporately. Contact: Keith Gabbidon-Thompson 443 4466 Knowsley’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum This group aims to promote the council positively as an employer which is supportive of the group and its members. The group will act as a consultation forum when new policies and strategies are formed and they hope to influence change. Through this group it is planned that a two-way process for exchanging ideas, problem solving and information sharing will be formed with their main aim to raise awareness and reduce discrimination within the workplace. Contact: Vee Wright 443 5377 or Sean Donnelly 443 5331,
Disability Workers’ Group The Disability Workers’ Group meet to discuss issues surrounding disability within Knowsley. The council recognises that people are disabled by society and not their impairment. The group advises on all policy and procedure, whether related to employment or service delivery for the council and the Primary Care Trust. They also provide a networking opportunity across the groups to discuss common issues and link with similar employee forums in other local authorities. Contact: Margie Hill 443 3098 or Peter Mowat Women’s Operational Workers Group The Women’s Operational Workers Group first meeting was in January 2006 when the Terms of Reference for the group was agreed and an Action Plan put in place. Within the action plan are objectives to deliver Focus Groups to gain women’s views on topics/issues they have identified at the annual Celebration of International Women’s Day. The group’s primary focus will be the consideration of gender equality issues relative to every aspect of employment and service delivery. As with the other three groups there will be representation at the Corporate Equality and Diversity Strategy Group meetings. The advice and guidance which this forum is anticipated to contribute will be a valuable asset to the Equality and Diversity agenda of Knowsley council, particularly as women make up 63.9% of the total work force. Contact: Maire Gollock 443 5847 or Chris Kneale 443 3175