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Environment Agency

Flooding is one of the most important issues facing humankind. Right now, five million people, two million homes and 185,000 businesses are at risk in England and Wales.

In the years to come, with water levels rising the threat of coastal erosion and flooding will continue to grow.

But you can help do something about it. The Environment Agency is the organisation responsible for protecting and improving our environment in England and Wales, spending over £500 million every year on a breathtaking range of flood and coastal erosion risk management projects. That’s over half the budget – the rest goes towards other crucial work, such as acting as regulators on waste disposal and nuclear safety, addressing the impact of pollution, influencing government policy, managing conservation work and leading awareness campaigns to raise the profile of important environmental issues.

This is your chance to join the Environment Agency’s team of engineers, many of them world leaders in their field, and face the threat head on. Engineers at the Environment Agency are involved in a number of activities, including providing a unique emergency response service that minimises the risk of flooding in rapidly changing weather conditions; building and maintaining flood defences; creating protective wetlands; raising awareness amongst those at risk; and influencing the way government, local authorities and house builders develop land.

While following the structured Flood Risk Engineering training programme, you’ll also undertake a variety of diverse projects around the business that will help you become a leading engineer in your own right. And on a broader scale, you’ll help make your environment a much safer place to be.

Please visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/gradengineers for more information on the Flood Risk Engineering Graduate Programmes and sponsorship opportunities.

BENEFITS

  • £22,000 - £24,000 starting salary

  • Structured training programme

  • ]25 days’ holiday rising to 30 days with length of service

  • Flexible working arrangements

  • Local government pension scheme

  • Family-friendly policies

  • Interest-free loans (for purchasing bicycles or public transport season tickets)

  • Sports and social club membership

Graduate profile: Steena Nasapen
Steena graduated from Newcastle University in 2007 with an MEng in civil and environmental engineering. Before her finals, she’d applied to the Environment Agency and had secured herself a job in the North Eastern region. "When I looked into career opportunities, the Environment Agency seemed to be the clear choice for me," explained Steena.

"The graduate training scheme was very appealing – it is very detailed, and everything is set out to help you become chartered within four years. I have opted to go for the ICE route, but I could have chosen CIWEM. The detailed steps are easy to follow, I feel very looked after and I feel as if I’m on track with my career."

Steena’s first role was as graduate engineer with the Asset Systems management team. She soon found herself out making flood risk assessments, taking surveys and preparing pre-feasibility studies. She has now moved into the capital management team, to gain experience in project management. "This is a great place to work, I really enjoy it, and I am very happy here," she said. The people are very friendly and so helpful – I get support from my colleagues on a daily basis. I get to network with other graduates – we have a graduate group that meets every three months to share ideas and talk about our projects and help each other. I enjoy the variety of jobs that we get involved in. I am getting lots of different experiences, and I am finding the work itself to be very fulfilling.

It is motivating to work for an organisation that is really making the environment a better place. When I am working on a flood defence scheme, I can see how my work is really making a difference to people’s lives."

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