What the Environment Agency (EA) does

We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

We employ around 10,600 employees and offer careers for scientists, engineers, planners, environmental officers, graduates, support staff and more!

Our employee benefits include competitive salaries and a generous pension scheme along with decent holiday entitlements and access to health & wellbeing support and services. > Find out more about working for us!

The EA is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and is supported by 1 public body. (The flood forecasting centre). We were established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment and have around 10,600 employees. We have offices across England, divided into 14 areas, including East Anglia.


Within England we’re responsible for:

  • regulating major industry and waste
  • treatment of contaminated land
  • water quality and resources
  • fisheries
  • inland river, estuary and harbour navigations
  • conservation and ecology

We are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.

Lead local flood authorities (LLFAs) are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses and lead on community recovery.


Our priorities are to:

  • work with businesses and other organisations to manage the use of resources
  • increase the resilience of people, property and businesses to the risks of flooding and coastal erosion
  • protect and improving water, land and biodiversity
  • improve the way we work as a regulator to protect people and the environment and support sustainable growth

Working for us

The Environment Agency We create better places for people, wildlife and the environment.

We put the climate emergency at the heart of everything we do and help society adapt to environmental challenges such as flooding, drought, sea level rise and coastal change.
We improve and protect the quality of our air, land and water by tackling pollution. We work with businesses to help them comply with environmental regulations and believe a healthy and diverse environment enhances people’s lives and contributes to sustainable and resilient economic growth. We know we cannot do this alone!

We employ over ten and a half thousand people throughout England in a variety of roles with careers for scientists, geologists, engineers, project managers, planners, hydrologists, environment officers, graduates, nuclear assessors, policy advisors, enforcement officers, senior managers and support staff.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all we do. We are developing an organisation where all employees and customers feel included and are treated equally. Achieving this is part of our corporate action plan. We want all our employees to embrace difference and include everyone. We have been recognised with a gold award for our work on gender and race and run some specific initiatives for Black, Asian and ethnic minority students, such as summer internships.

Working for the EA you can expect both a  competitive salary and a generous career average pension scheme, plus enhanced benefits including: 

  • holiday allowance related to grade and length of service, rising from 25 or 27 days to 30 days per year, plus 8 statutory public and bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • maternity, paternity and adoption leave scheme
  • leave for examinations, approved studies, public duties, special or reserve forces, environmental work, trade union representatives and health and safety representatives
  • a range of flexible working options, including flexi-time - these depend on business needs, but our aim is to help you achieve a positive work-life balance
  • occupational health benefits, including counselling and advisory service, eye care service and access to Help (our employee assistance service)
  • interest free loans for season tickets and/or bicycles and safety equipment
  • childcare vouchers scheme
  • subsidised sports and social clubs
  • many other rewards, including shopping, leisure, fitness, finance and travel benefits and discounts
Entry level programmes
We offer a variety of entry level schemes, including a graduate programme, apprenticeships and placements.

Our finance apprenticeship combines training in the workplace with studying towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting.

Assistant scientist apprenticeships combine training in the workplace with studying towards the Advanced Apprenticeship in Laboratory Technician (Level 3).

The facilities management apprenticeship combines training in the workplace with study towards the City and Guilds level 2 certificate in facilities services. 

You can find out more about these types of opportunities and more (including graduate engineer and flood / coastal engineering programmes, geomatics placements) on our website.  All opportunities are advertised on our recruitment system.

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