Early careers - Environment Agency

Early careers

Early careers


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Are you part of the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than you found it? The Environment Agency has exciting opportunities for you to do just that.  

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 apprenticeships, graduate schemes, and entry level jobs to help you get started in a truly rewarding career that makes a difference.

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 


We offer paid internship opportunities for undergraduates and new or recent graduates. These placements typically last between 6 and 15 weeks and cover a range of disciplines from Engineering to business and communications.  

You will get an insight into the breadth of our work across the Environment Agency and our core values for people and the environment. You will have the support of a team leader, office buddy and mentor to help kickstart your career. 

Who is eligible for an internship? 

These opportunities are open to undergraduates in their final year of study and recent graduates who have a right to work in the UK.  

When do applications open?  

Applications for our 2024 opportunities are now closed. We will be looking to recruit to our 2025 opportunities in the Autumn/Winter term.

Industry placements

We offer paid industry placements lasting up to 54 weeks. These opportunities could see you either working on a specific project or working across multiple teams.  

Annie took part in an industry placement in 2022. She said, “I have gained industrial knowledge beyond what I learned at university. This placement has given me a brilliant foundation for my future career”. 

Who is eligible for an industry placement? 

These opportunities are open to undergraduates and recent graduates who have a right to work in the UK.  

When do applications open?  

Applications for our 2024 opportunities are now closed. We will be looking to recruit to our 2025 opportunities in the Autumn/Winter term.  


Apprenticeships are a great way to start a career with the Environment Agency, 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. 

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. 

Engineering Graduate Training Scheme (Eng-GTS)  

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.