Working for EA

How to apply for jobs, workplace benefits and entry level programmes at the Environment Agency (EA).

Apply for a job

You can search for a job, including entry level programmes, on our recruitment system

We employ around 10,600 people throughout England in a variety of roles including:

  • scientists
  • geologists
  • engineers
  • project managers
  • planners
  • hydrologists
  • environment officers
  • graduates
  • nuclear assessors
  • policy advisors
  • enforcement officers
  • senior managers
  • support staff

What we offer you

There are a range of benefits available when you work with us.

Pay and pension

We offer:

  • a competitive salary
  • a generous career average pension scheme

Enhanced benefits

These include:

  • holiday allowance related to grade and length of service, rising from 25 or 27 days to 30 days per year, plus 8 statutory public and bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • maternity, paternity and adoption leave scheme
  • leave for examinations, approved studies, public duties, special / reserve forces, environmental work, trade union representatives and health and safety representatives
  • a range of flexible working options, including flexi-time - these depend on business needs, but our aim is to help you achieve a positive work-life balance

Health and wellbeing

We offer:

  • occupational health benefits, including counselling and advisory service, eye care service and access to Help (our employee assistance service)
  • interest free loans for season tickets and / or bicycles and safety equipment
  • childcare vouchers scheme
  • subsidised sports and social clubs
  • many other rewards, including shopping, leisure, fitness, finance and travel benefits and discounts

Entry level programmes

We offer a variety of entry level schemes, including a graduate programme, foundation degree, apprenticeships and placements.

Recruitment process for placements, apprenticeships and graduate programmes (PDF, 177KB, 2 pages)

Engineering graduate programme

Apply to join our structured graduate training scheme in flood and coastal risk management

We’re looking for graduates with a masters degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering to join our structured graduate training scheme in flood and coastal risk management.

As a graduate you’ll take on a mix of internal and external projects. Each project will help you build skills in everything from asset management to project feasibility, planning to design, and project management to site supervision. Once you’ve gained the full range of relevant skills, attributes and capabilities, you can complete your chartered professional review.

You will follow a 3 to 4 year structured and well supported training programme that satisfies the requirements of either the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), or the Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (IMechE), to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Once completed, you will be in a great position to apply for a wide range of suitable, professionally qualified roles in the Environment Agency.

To apply, your degree or experience must satisfy the requirements of becoming a chartered engineer.

For general queries please email

River and coastal engineering foundation degree

This is a 2-year course of work-based learning with full-time university study. We’ll pay you up to £14,000 during your work placement (maximum of £2,000 during your first year). This is free from tax and National Insurance contributions. We’ll also pay your tuition fees and textbooks in both years. In the second year we’ll pay for your travel and accommodation during your study weeks too.

You’ll spend your first year in full-time study at the University of West of England (UWE) and your second at the Environment Agency or local authority office at various locations around England. UWE is responsible for the entire application process. You can find out the course details, including entry requirements, by downloading a candidate pack. Apply online at the UWE website.

Geomatics placement

This is a year-long placement for students who are in their penultimate year of an undergraduate degree programme. The degree must include content on remote sensing and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is for students committed to a career in geomatics and/or the environmental sector.

Your placement year will be spent with our small team in our Bath office where you’ll be supported by your team leader, a geomatics expert, and an independent mentor. You’ll gain valid and relevant exposure to a wide range of geomatics activities. We offer a competitive package with a range of benefits and the opportunity to make a real difference to the environment.

You must gain approval from your university before you apply for this placement. To register, email

Apprenticeship programmes

Finance apprenticeships

The finance apprenticeship combines training in the workplace with studying towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting.

One of the leading financial training organisations will provide your study course. We will provide your salary, tuition and course fees, and equipment.

We advertise finance apprenticeships on our recruitment system.

Assistant scientist apprenticeships

The assistant scientist apprenticeship combines training in the workplace with studying towards the Advanced Apprenticeship in Laboratory Technician (Level 3).

Local colleges will provide your study course and your workplace training will take place at 1 of our 3 laboratories in Exeter, Nottingham and Leeds. We will provide your salary, tuition and course fees, and equipment.

We advertise assistant scientist apprenticeships on our recruitment system.

Facilities management apprenticeships

The facilities management apprenticeship combines training in the workplace with study towards the City and Guilds level 2 certificate in facilities services. Your workplace training will take place at one of our offices. We will provide your salary, tuition and course fees, and equipment. We advertise facilities management apprenticeships on our recruitment system.

Volunteering opportunities

River Thames volunteer assistant lock keepers

We are recruiting volunteers to help our staff on the River Thames.

We are responsible for 45 lock sites on the river, which are used by boaters throughout the year. During the summer months we see an increase in boat traffic as more people enjoy all the Thames has to offer. As a River Thames volunteer assistant lock keeper, you will help with the safe passage of boats through our locks.

Working with an experienced lock and weir keeper, you will help in the day-to-day management of a lock site and give information, guidance and advice to river users as they pass through. We will provide full training and uniform to successful applicants.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering on the Thames, please contact the River Thames volunteer team on 01491 828360 or email

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