Graduate Civil Engineers

  • Job Reference: 00003428-1
  • Date Posted: 15 November 2022
  • Recruiter: Environment Agency
  • Location: Birmingham, Blandford, Bodmin, Bridgwater, Chichester, Darlington, Exeter, Farnham, Kette
  • Salary: £27,919
  • Sector: Engineering, Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

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 programme 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 three months and 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 PerformanceIn 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. 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 carefully 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

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, please click: APPLY NOW. 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 8th December at 14:00 – 15:00. Please email for joining instructions.

Closing date for applications: 31st December 2022

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

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