Working for Natural England

Vacancies, staff pay and benefits.


When Natural England has vacancies they’re listed on Civil Service Jobs. If you cannot select Natural England in the Organisation search box we do not have any vacancies.

Student placements, work experience and volunteer roles

Student placements and volunteering provide experience that will help you to stand out from the competition if you’re considering a career working in the natural environment. 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.

Pay and pensions

Pay group Minimum salary Maximum salary
Level 6 £58,625 £65,740
Level 5 £48,434 £57,222
Level 4 £36,098 £41,361
Level 3 £29,318 £33,399
Level 2 £25,064 £27,153
Level 1 £23,108 £23,108

Salaries shown are full time equivalents.

An annual London allowance of £3,500 is payable to people 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
  • 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, such as flexi-time, home working
  • paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • paid and unpaid special leave by agreement with line managers

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.

Other benefits

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.

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

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