Early careers - Environment Agency

Early careers

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It’s our job to look after your environment and create better places for people and wildlife. Do you have a passion to make it your job too?  

The Environment Agency has exciting opportunities for you to do just that. 

Your environment, your career.  

We offer early career opportunities to help you get started in a truly rewarding career that makes a difference. 

Working with us means protecting and improving the environment for generations to come, tackling issues of national importance across a huge variety of disciplines and professions. Above all, it’s your environment, so we want you to play a role in its protection. 

We offer careers in a wide range of different disciplines from engineering to law, business administration to biodiversity, and project management to flood management. 


We offer paid internship opportunities for undergraduates and   recent graduates. These placements typically last between 6 and 15 weeks and cover a range of disciplines . 

You will get an insight into the breadth of our work across the Environment Agency and our core values for people and the environment.  

Industry placements

We offer paid industry placements lasting up to one year. 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, we offer several entry level opportunities to school and university leavers 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.  Apprenticeships offer flexible learning opportunities for people from all backgrounds and circumstances, most programmes can often be adjusted to suit individual needs. 

Graduate Training Schemes

Environment and Science

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. 


We develop engineers of the future to enable us to reduce the risks to people, households and businesses from flooding and meet the challenge of becoming a net-zero carbon organisation by 2030. 

Our accredited Engineering Graduate Training Scheme (Eng-GTS) enables Civil, Mechanical and Electrical graduates to work towards becoming professionally qualified incorporated or chartered engineers, within four to five years. With the support of mentors, you will experience working on a range of flood and coastal risk management projects in different teams across the Environment Agency and beyond, with opportunities to go on secondment with our delivery partners and for international collaboration. 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 peer to peer support, alongside our experienced senior engineers who will guide and mentor you throughout your journey.