Recruitment at Mendip District Council

Mendip District Council is an Equal Opportunities employer and has Investors in People status

Mendip District Council is committed to achieving the highest equality standards and encourages applicants from all sections of the community. We hold the two ticks disability symbol and disabled people who meet the essential criteria for an advertised post are guaranteed an interview.

We are committed to building and maintaining a flexible, resilient and responsive work force who can support the needs of the residents in our District. In order to ensure that our vacancies are open to as wider pool of talented candidates as possible, we are proud to offer flexibility in the way that we work. This could be through our existing flexi-time scheme or by considering suggestions for how the responsibilities of the role can be met through working different hours, days or in different locations. It is not possible to offer flexibility on all roles but we are happy to discuss options with potential candidates.

Details of the benefits of working for the Council can be found on our Working for Mendip District Council page.

How are new employees recruited into the organisation?

Advertisements are normally placed in the local press (Mid Somerset Series, Somerset Standard, Blackmore Vale Magazine), professional journals relevant to the vacancy and on the Current Vacancies page of our website. To search for Mendip vacancies online please click on this link., go to the location drop down tab and choose Mendip District Council.

Job Applications

Our  website page includes a link to Job Descriptions, Person Specifications and Online Application. We have updated our recruitment process to allow you to apply for Mendip vacancies online. To search and apply for vacancies please click on this link. To search for our vacancies, go to the location drop down tab and choose Mendip District Council.


A shortlist of candidates to be called for interview is drawn up through matching applicants with the criteria identified in the Person Specification. Successful applicants are normally contacted with interview details one week prior to the interview date. Applicants who have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date should assume that their application has not been successful. If you wish to receive acknowledgement that we have received your application, please enclose a stamped addressed postcard for us to return to you.

We have a positive approach to disability and have the 'two ticks' award. All applicants with a disability who are able to demonstrate clearly on their application how they meet all the essential criteria for a post are guaranteed an interview.


The arrangements for interviewing will vary depending upon the level of the post. All applicants invited for interview will be notified in advance of the timetable for the day.

Most recruitment processes will include Personality Profiling, Psychometric Tests and often candidates will also be required to make a presentation or to undertake a case study. All applicants will be required to participate in a structured panel interview.

A combination of the above assessments is used to match the most suitable candidate with the requirements of the post.

If you are invited for an interview and you identified on your application that you have a disability and have particular requirements in order to be able to participate in the selection process, we will contact you prior to the interview to discuss how these may be met.

Job Offers

All job offers are made subject to receipt of Medical Clearance, evidence to confirm applicant has permission to work and satisfactory references, certain posts also require clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The Council fully complies with the Disclosure and Barring Service Code of Practice, a copy of which is available on request, and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. A Disclosure is only requested for positions where a risk assessment has indicated that one is required. An assessment is undertaken to assess the relevance of any conviction to the position, including consideration of the nature of the work and the working environment.

Apprenticeship Programme

The Council operates a successful Apprenticeship programme and advertises opportunities available through the local press and its website. If you are interested in finding out more about this option, please send a letter to HR Services, or e-mail, stating what type of placement you are interested in and enclosing a copy of your Curriculum Vitae.

Work Experience Placements

If you are looking for a work placement you should contact HR Services by telephone on 01749 341244 or by e-mail  giving details of the type of experience you are looking for, the area in which you wish to work, the dates that you require and whether you are looking for payment for the placement.