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 or 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)

Graduate engineer training programme

We’re looking for graduates with a master’s degree in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering to join the Environment Agency’s graduate engineer training programme.

You will follow a well-supported development programme which provides the opportunity to experience working in different teams and take on a variety of projects over 3 to 4 years. You will build skills in:

  • asset management
  • project feasibility
  • planning
  • design
  • project management
  • site supervision

Once you’ve completed the programme, you can go on to do your chartered professional review to become a chartered engineer. This can be with any of the following:

You will then be in a great position to apply for professionally qualified roles within the Environment Agency.

Places on our graduate engineer training programme are advertised on an annual basis via our recruitment system in either spring or autumn.

Register any time to receive a notification when positions go live on the system. Before applying, applicants must check if their engineering degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators JBM. There are several different course checkers available, such as The Engineering Council’s course checker.

For further information about our programme please email

Flood and coastal engineering foundation degree

This is a 2-year work-based learning programme we provide in partnership with Brunel University London and HR Wallingford.

We’ll pay your tuition fees, saving you £9,250 per year. You’ll also get an allowance of £1,000 a month, exempt from tax and national insurance, while on your training placements.

You’ll spend the first 6 months studying full time at Brunel University London followed by 6 months training at an Environment Agency or risk management authority office. You’ll also attend a week long summer school at HR Wallingford.

The final year is split again, with 6 months studying at Brunel University and your final 6 months training in the workplace.

Once you complete the foundation degree successfully you can then study for a bachelor of science degree in either one year (full time) or 2 years (part time).

Apply online to Brunel University London.

Flood and coastal engineering BSc

The BSc top-up degree is for recent graduates of the Flood or river and coastal engineering foundation degree.

You will study this as a 2-year, part-time degree if you have a sponsored place, or one-year, full-time if you are self-funding.

Through intense modules and distance learning while in the workplace, you will enhance your knowledge of structural design, geotechnics and how to mitigate risk through environmental assessment and strategic management. You’ll also develop your skills in hydraulic modelling, flood estimation and engineering design.

Find out more from Brunel University London or email

Flood and coastal engineering MSc

Our technical Flood and coastal engineering MSc is provided by Brunel University in partnership with HR Wallingford. It will maintain and enhance your skills and experience in flood management initiatives to protect communities from flooding.

On the course you’ll develop your knowledge of structural design, geotechnics and how to manage and mitigate risk against extreme flood events through environmental assessment and strategic management. You’ll also develop your skills in hydraulic modelling, flood estimation and engineering design.

This course is for graduates who have typically studied engineering, mathematics, environmental science, geography or geology and are now looking to become chartered engineers. It is advisable that you have studied A level maths or equivalent.

The Environment Agency sponsors a limited number of places on the programme.

To apply for a sponsored place you must be employed by the Environment Agency or a Risk Management Authority. Sponsorship covers tuition fees.

Read more from Brunel University London.

Email to request further information on sponsorship.

Apply for a self-funded place at Brunel University London.

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 one 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 02030 259628 or email

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