Working for Natural England

The recruitment process, workplace benefits, holiday and leave, pay, pension and conditions at Natural England.

See Natural England’s vacancies on Civil Service Jobs.

Pay and benefits

Pay group Minimum salary Maximum salary
Managers, Principal Advisers and Principal Specialists £39,850 £56,100
Team Leaders, Senior Advisers and Senior Specialists £30,275 £40,550
Group Co-ordinator, Lead Advisers, Specialists £24,120 £32,744
Advisers £20,500 £26,620
Support Advisers £16,500 £20,390

Salaries shown are full time equivalents.

An annual London allowance £3,500 is payable to people who are contractually based in our London office.

Our policy is for new starters to begin at the minimum of the pay group.

Staff can join the civil service pension scheme.

Leave entitlement

You’ll get 33 days’ annual leave - 3 days have to be taken between Christmas and New Year.

If your manager approves, you can also:

  • buy up to 20 days in any leave year or
  • bank up to 5 days at the end of a leave year for future events

In addition, you’ll get 8 days public holiday per year.

Work/life balance

Staff benefit from:

  • flexible working, eg flexi-time, home working
  • paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • paid and unpaid special leave available by agreement with line managers

Civil Service Sports and Social Club (CSSC) and Motoring Association (CSMA)

Staff can join these clubs and involve themselves in social activities as well as benefit from retail discounts.

Salary sacrifice schemes


You can exchange part of your salary for vouchers to pay for childcare. You’ll save money because the salary you sacrifice for vouchers is free from both tax and National Insurance contributions.


You can exchange part of your salary for a voucher to pay for a bicycle to cycle to work. You’ll save money because the salary you sacrifice as a voucher is free from both tax and National Insurance contributions.

Health cash plans and insurance

Natural England has agreed competitive rates with Bupa, Simply Health and Benenden Health Care.

Payroll giving

We operate a payroll scheme which allows you to give to the charity or charities of your choice tax-free.

Employee assistance

The service is provided by Help Employee Assistance and offers professional support and guidance for people experiencing work related emotional, health and social problems.

Student placements, work experience and volunteer roles

If you are considering a career working in the natural environment, student placements and volunteering can give you some experience that will help you to stand out from the competition.

We sometimes have opportunities for volunteers on our National Nature Reserves, as voluntary bat roost visitors and in other areas of our work.

Find out more about these unpaid roles with Natural England, including volunteering while claiming benefits.