Early careers - Environment Agency

Early careers

Early careers


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For more information about what it’s like to start your career at the Environment Agency, check out the following testimonials

Environment Agency Early Careers – Youth Employment UK 

Environment and Science, Graduate Training Scheme (ES-GTS)

We develop environment and science professionals of the future to create better places for people, wildlife, and the environment.

On our four-year graduate training scheme, you will be welcomed into one of a diverse range of permanent science-based roles across the organisation. With a variety of jobs on offer, you can apply for a role based on your specific preferences, interests, and specialisms.

Our scheme provides the framework, mentoring, and opportunities for success in your chosen profession. The blended learning approach we offer includes a combination of events, training modules, professional development mentoring, and on-the-job experience to help you build skills, competency, and knowledge.

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We offer internship opportunities for undergraduates and new or recent graduates who have graduated in the past two years from a college or university with at least a foundation degree. These placements typically last between 6 and 15 weeks and cover a range of disciplines from Engineering to business and communications. 

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Industry placements

We offer industry / sandwich year work placements lasting up to 54 weeks. These placements are open to college and university courses who are either required to or have opted to complete a work-based module as part of their course. These opportunities could see you either working on a specific project or working across multiple teams.


Apprenticeships are a great way to start a career with the Environment Agency and we offer several entry level opportunities to school and university leavers (ages 16-24) such as; Business Administrator, Data Analyst and the Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship. You will receive on the job training with protected time to complete your apprenticeship learning. The entry requirements for these opportunities vary depending on the course. Please read the eligibility criteria in the candidate pack for the role you are interested in applying for.  Apprenticeships offer flexible learning opportunities for people from all backgrounds and circumstances, most programmes can often be adjusted to suit individual needs.

Graduate Engineers Programme 

Graduate Engineers Programme 

We develop engineers of the future to enable us to respond to the challenges that we face as our rivers and coasts respond to changing conditions. 

Our structured graduate programme lasts between four to five years and you will gain experience in all aspects of flood and coastal risk management. You will rotate through different teams within the Environment Agency and beyond, including opportunities for international collaboration and secondments with our framework suppliers. This allows you to build skills in everything from: asset management to project feasibility; planning and design to project management; and site supervision to incident response.

We have a thriving community of Graduate engineers who offer amazing peer to peer development that will support you on your journey.