Graduate Civil Engineers

The Environment Agency
Starting salary £27,919
Closing date
7 Jan 2023

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Environment Agency

Graduate Civil Engineers

Starting salary £27,919

Locations: Birmingham, Blandford, Bodmin, Bridgwater, Chichester, Darlington, Exeter, Farnham, Kettering, Leeds, Lincoln, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Penrith, Peterborough, Pevensey, Preston, Reading, Romsey, Thames Barrier, Welwyn Garden City, West Malling, Warrington, Worthing, York

Environmental change is having a major impact on people’s lives. But so can you.

The challenge

We are the Environment Agency. We protect and improve the environment and make it a better place for people and wildlife. Adapting to climate change is integral to everything we do, and we operate at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives. We work closely with a wide range of partners to make sure we are reducing the risk from flooding to communities and that there is enough water for people and wildlife. We also apply the environmental standards within which industry can operate.

The role

As a Civil Engineering graduate at the Environment Agency, you can have a major impact on reducing the risks to people, households and businesses from flooding. You’ll also contribute to our challenge of becoming a carbon net-zero organisation by 2030.

Our structured Graduate Training Scheme lasts between four to five years and offers you a mix of internal and external placements. 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. Spending between six months to a year in each placement gives you plenty of time to get to grips with the real issues, gain the necessary experience and make your mark on a project.

Your placement journey is flexible allowing you to move into the teams that best suit your individual development needs. Placements can include roles in teams such as:

  • Asset Performance

    In Asset Performance you will be involved in and contribute towards maintaining our existing flood defences. You will carry out assessments on assets, produce and price solutions and run small scale construction projects
  • Partnerships and Strategic Overview (PSO)

    In PSO you will: help develop future flood defence projects, which can include modelling and financial benefit calculations; liaise with professional partners and the public; and be involved with the Environment Agency’s flood risk permitting activities.
  • Programme and Contract Management (PCM)

    In PCM you will be involved in the delivery of the flood and coastal erosion risk management investment programme as a project manager. You will gain skills in business case development, financial and contractual management and supplier communication.

Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), our programme leads to Incorporated (IEng) and then Chartered (CEng) status following your professional review. You’ll learn by working alongside expert engineers and will also have the support of professional development advisors to coordinate your training. At every step, your placement journey will be tailored to your individual development needs.

The person

We’re looking for graduates with the innovation and passion to make a difference. To join us, you’ll need to hold a MEng or BEng degree in Civil Engineering (or BEng plus an appropriate MSc). It’s also essential that your degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as satisfying the academic requirements of becoming a Chartered Engineer with the ICE.

Keen to learn, you will be ready to make the most of all the placements. You’ll already show some evidence of the skills you’ll need to develop during the programme including leadership, collaboration, people skills and problem-solving.

The benefits

Our benefits package includes generous annual leave, an excellent pension and flexible working arrangements. We’ll also look after your wellbeing through our employee assistance programme, shopping and leisure discounts, and interest-free loans for bikes and season tickets.

The Environment Agency is committed to having an inclusive workforce that reflects the full diversity of the communities we serve and welcomes applications from individuals of any age, gender or background.

For more information about the benefits of working at the Environment Agency, have a look at our careers webpage here


For more information and to apply, please click: Graduate Civil Engineer - 24831 - Environment Agency Jobs Take a look at the candidate pack for more information about the scheme including a case study from a graduate.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please feel free to email using ‘Graduate Civil Engineers’ as the subject title of your email.

We'll be hosting an information session open to all interested in applying on Thursday 8 December at 14:00 – 15:00. Please email for joining instructions.

Interviews will be held in February/March 2023. We expect successful candidates to start in September 2023.

Diversity: it’s in our nature

Closing date for applications: 7 January 2023.


The Environment Agency work to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development. We are an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

We are inspiring the people we work with to help the country to not only survive but thrive through the challenges of a changing climate. We want to keep people safe and protect the things that matter to us all – our natural spaces, our wildlife and our future.


Climate Change is the biggest challenge we face. Our Climate Ambition is to create a net zero nation that is resilient to climate change. Putting it at the heart of all we do will help us and the country become better prepared for the impacts of climate change whilst taking action to prevent further climate change from happening. t to action to prevent further climate change from happening.


 We are committed to making our organisation as diverse as the environment and represents the communities we serve. Our society and environment are changing, bringing us new challenges all the time. We know we need a diverse workforce to help us deliver better for the different communities we serve.


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