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Environmental Health Officer


An exciting opportunity to be responsible for the planning, co-ordination, and development of workplace health strategies for this large Australian organisation.

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About the Job

The role of the Environmental Health Officer is to provide advice with respect to strategies by which hazards to health may be controlled.

Responsibilities

Environmental Health Officers are responsible for the planning, coordinating and implementing control strategies designed to minimise the adverse health impact of the environment and the workplace, on personnel. Areas of responsibility of Environmental Health Officers (ENVH) include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Water safety
  • Food safety
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Waste management
  • Vector control
  • Emergency management
  • Workplace assessments and
  • Radiological assessments.

Areas of Employment

ENVHOs are normally employed in health support environments; however, their duties necessitate assessments of Defence work areas and practices that take them to all areas of Defence operations, both locally and overseas.

ENVHOs with prerequisite operational skills and knowledge may be employed in a number of operational roles. These duties would normally be carried out in the field during but could also be in higher headquarters as part of the planning for such activities. ENVHOs will be required to develop the specialised Ground Defence skills and knowledge to perform their duties in an operational environment

In the field ENVHOs are responsible for ensuring that environmental health and sanitation are of the highest standards within the constraints of the operational context. This may include not only providing the advice but at times actually physically implementing control strategies (pest control, construction and maintenance of field hygiene facilities, etc). ENVHOs can also be employed in the area of disaster support, providing environmental health advice and support not only to the deployed forces but the affected populations.

In most cases ENVHOs are required to carry out their duties with minimum supervision.

Working Conditions

Hazardous working conditions are encountered and the wearing of personal protective equipment may be required. Sometimes environmental health tasks are conducted in the field with limited resources, in support of ADF operations and disaster relief both within Australia and overseas.

Graduate

Make the most of your relevant degree joining fully qualified

Undergraduate

Join while still at university and have your remaining study fees sponsored

Learn more about Entry Methods


Salary can be over $71,900 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


FULL JOB DETAILS

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary on joining the Air Force will be $56,953 per year ($2,184 per fortnight).*

Uniform Allowance at a rate of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) is paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition.

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $12,924 per year ($497 per fortnight) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Locations

Positions for Air Force Environmental Health Officers are currently established in most Australian capital cities.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry. Maximum age on entry is 56 years of age.

Education & Experience

To qualify for entry into the ENVH specialisation, an applicant must hold an undergraduate degree majoring in Environmental Health or a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health. The qualification must be accredited by Environmental Health Australia.

While graduate applicants with Environmental Science or related degrees are not eligible for direct entry as an Environmental Health Officer, options may be available (such as Air Force sponsorship of a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health) and should be discussed with your local recruiting centre. Your recruiting centre can obtain guidance on entry options via the Air Force Environmental Health specialisation advisor.

It is desirable that applicants hold a tertiary qualification in Occupational Hygiene or a related field. Additionally, applicants must satisfy general officer entry requirements.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of two years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 17 Weeks

Immediately upon joining the Air Force, direct entry officers will normally undertake the Initial Officer Course of 17 weeks duration. This is a live-in course completed at RAAF Base East Sale, located 220 kilometres east of Melbourne (VIC).

The major elements of the course involve introduction to military life, Air Force Values and attitudes, Ground Defence and Weapons training, Leadership and Personal Development, Communication Skills and Air Force Operations studies.

Further details on officer training are available on the Officers Training School website or refer to the Joining Instructions.

The information on the website and in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.

During Military (Initial Officer) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (if applicable), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Environmental Health Officers will continue to develop their expertise and skills by completing a number of specialist training courses, which include:

  • RAAF Industrial Hygiene Training
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence
  • Emergency Management for Public Health Professionals
  • Operational Field Hygiene Training
  • Operational Health Support Course
  • Ionising Radiation Protection Officer Training
  • Radiofrequency Radiation Safety Officer Training
  • Defence Occupational Noise Training
  • Vector Control and Mosquito Identification Training.

RAAFSR Environmental Health Officers will be required to undertake such training as the Operational Health Support course and specialised Defence short courses.

Further Training

Environmental Health Officers may be required to undertakespecialist training in occupational hygiene, emergency management,audiometry, operational health support, vector control, fieldhygiene, quarantine, pest control and radiation safety.

This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

With 4 years to graduation: $30,603 per year ($1,177 per fortnight).*

With 3 years to graduation: $36,167 per year ($1,391 per fortnight).*

With 2 years to graduation: $41,732 per year ($1,605 per fortnight).*

In final year: $47,296 per year ($1,819 per fortnight).*

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year ($16 per fortnight). This increases to $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) after commissioning.

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of military and employment training will be:

$58,096 per year ($2,234 per fortnight).*

In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $13,448 per year ($517 per fortnight) except while undertaking Academic, Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a salary not less than $43,766 per year ($1,679 per fortnight) while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counselor for details.

* Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Locations

Positions for Air Force Environmental Health Officers are currently established in most Australian capital cities.


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their degree, any periods of postgraduate experience, or professional development placements and their Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation incurred under the scheme prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Education & Experience

To be eligible for an Air Force Undergraduate sponsorship, applicants must have completed:

  • Year 12 with passes in English and three other Board of Secondary School Studies registered subjects
  • The first full year of study (preferably with academic results) of a full-time undergraduate degree majoring in Environmental Health. The undergraduate degree must be accredited by Environmental Health Australia.

Undergraduate sponsorship is not available to applicants studying Environmental Science or Environmental Management. Applicants need to be undertaking an approved undergraduate degree majoring in Environmental Health. Information on accredited courses can be located on the Environmental Health Australia web site.

This entry mode attracts a debt' roughly similar to the maximum rate of HECS costs ($10,000 per annum). In general terms, this debt accrues (increases) whilst you are undertaking study, with the maximum debt reached on completion of study. Once the period of study has ended, the debt begins to acquit (reduce) for the remainder of your Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS). Once the IMPS period is complete, there is no remaining debt.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) dependant on your length of sponsorship. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months notice.

The length of IMPS in total will depend on the duration of sponsorship. Any requirement for post-graduation experience, eg: medical residency, legal articles will be incorporated in your IMPS.

Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.

Training

Military Training

Initial Officer Training: 1 week + 17 Weeks

During your first year of sponsorship you'll attend a one-week Familiarisation Course at RAAF Base East Sale, VIC. This will introduce you to basic military protocols and procedures.

Then following graduation you'll undertake a 17-week Initial Officer Course to learn about Air Force values and attitudes, and engage in:

  • Ground defence and weapons training
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Communication skills and
  • An introduction to Air Force operations.

For further details on officer training refer to the Joining Instructions. The information in the Joining Instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before appointment in the Air Force and give you an overview of the structure and requirements of the Initial Officer Course.

During Military (OTS) Training and any subsequent (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Environmental Health Officers will continue to develop their expertise and skills by completing a number of specialist training courses, which include:

  • RAAF Industrial Hygiene Training
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence
  • Emergency Management for Public Health Professionals
  • Operational Field Hygiene Training
  • Operational Health Support Course
  • Ionising Radiation Protection Officer Training
  • Radiofrequency Radiation Safety Officer Training
  • Defence Occupational Noise Training
  • Vector Control and Mosquito Identification Training.

RAAFSR Environmental Health Officers will be required to undertake such training as the Operational Health Support course and specialised Defence short courses.

Further Training

Environmental Health Officers may be required to undertakespecialist training in occupational hygiene, emergency management,audiometry, operational health support, vector control, fieldhygiene, quarantine, pest control and radiation safety.