Careers with us

The EPA is the primary environmental regulator for New South Wales, with more than 700 full time employees across located in offices across NSW. Our vision is to have a healthy and thriving environment for the future.

We are EPA

At the EPA we are committed to our workforce, to developing our people and teams so they can make a difference for the environment, economies and communities.

Come join us and together we can protect all our tomorrows.

We are Purpose

We are purpose-led making a meaningful difference to the environment, economy and communities delivering varied work and innovative outcomes.

We are Passion

We are passionate and committed teams who care, trust, and collaborate to protect the environment and each other.

We are People

We put people first, creating a culture where everyone can be themselves respecting and developing diverse skills prioritising our safety and wellbeing.

Come grow with us at the EPA

Come work with us

Operations officer

Come join us, and bring your culture with you

Indigenous operations officer

Come grow with us and enjoy the benefits of being part of the EPA team

We are committed to providing a great place to work and continually seek feedback from our team members from graduates and new starters to the more seasoned team members about how we support them in growing their careers with us and delivering what matters for the environment. We recognise it is our people that enable us to create healthy environments, economies, and communities.

Employees across the EPA, from graduates and new starters, to the more seasoned team players, told us what sets the EPA apart from other employers. Their feedback and perspectives help attract other talented people like you to the EPA. Our story is founded on our world class regulator characteristics and our mission to create healthy environments, economies and communities so we can deliver together for the best living on the planet forever.

EPA people are energised by our purpose and focus on the environment. We are:

  • purpose led, making a meaningful difference to the environment, economy and communities, delivering varied work and innovative outcomes.
  • passionate and committed teams, who care, trust and collaborate to protect the environment and each other.
  • people focused – we put people first, creating a culture where everyone can be themselves, respecting and developing our diverse skills and aspirations and prioritising our safety and wellbeing.

Flexible working

We can offer flexible work options. We:

  • make a variety of flexible work options available to the diverse range of employees and roles at EPA
  • promote a cooperative workplace culture which embraces flexibility
  • encourage flexible work arrangements to maintain or improve the services we provide for the people of NSW
  • provide information and safeguards to protect you and the organisation when you’re working flexibly

Talk to us about what flexibility you will value.


  • Competitive salary and annual leave loading, as well as the availability of flex leave.
  • Leave entitlements including 14 weeks paid parental leave after 12 months of work, recreation leave of 20 days per year and study leave.
  • Salary packaging and novated leasing.
  • Health and wellbeing programs including Fitness passport and our Employee Assistance Program
  • Recognition – our Shine program recognises teams, individuals, and future leaders in delivering outstanding achievements and progress towards our aspiration as a world class regulator. 

What kind of work does the EPA do?

You may be surprised by the diversity of roles and skills we value, from team members who:

  • shape policies implemented across NSW
  • work within the community and with industry and other stakeholders
  • regulate including compliance
  • undertake and inform investigations
  • provide legal advice and undertake litigation
  • scientist and specialist roles
  • have enabling roles that help the EPA hum including finance, IT, human resources, project management, governance and risk and administration.


We have offices in multiple metro and regional locations.

Graduate program

Our next graduate program intake commences with advertising in September 2023 for an early February 2024 start.

The graduate program offers a multitude of opportunities to participate in the EPA becoming a World Class Regulator. The program focuses on recent graduates with a tertiary qualification in Environmental Science, Legal Combined Science, Engineering or Technology. The program is two years employment, where successful candidates will experience three different placements in a range of functional areas that may include operations, policy, programs, technical, governance and legal areas of the EPA.

Graduates gain real work experience while earning a competitive salary, extensive mentoring and networking opportunities. This can be your first step in growing a career protecting tomorrow together at the EPA.

If you are interested in the next graduate program, please send your details to and we will be in contact in September 2023.

Career tracker intern program

We offer Aboriginal candidates the opportunity to gain work experience at the EPA in a range of areas – operations, policy, programs, technical, governance, HR, finance and legal.

As a candidate you will spend your summer and winter breaks at the EPA, working alongside experienced EPA officers. You will be given full support and training to help you decide if the EPA is career choice for you.

At the end of your program, you will have the opportunity to apply early for our graduate program for the following year intake or other opportunities aligned to your career path.

Diverse and inclusive workforce

Our employee career journey starts with living our values, reinforcing our culture, and delivering through our commitment to delivering world class environmental outcomes as NSW's primary environmental regulator.

Our employee career journey starts with living our values:

  • be collegiate, be collaborative
  • be creative, be curious
  • be decisive, be bold
  • be inclusive, be respectful
  • be kind
  • deliver results

Our people are our greatest asset, at the EPA we value our culture – inclusion, teamwork and collaboration, resilience, trust, kindness and flexibility.

We encourage all our team members to bring their whole selves to work and value the strength that comes from diverse perspectives and experiences.

We strive for building a culture of inclusion across our workforce and removing barriers so that our workplaces are accessible to all.

The EPA is a diverse organisation that respects and supports all its employees. To ensure that staff feel safe and encouraged in their work and that we benefit from the diverse and innovative thoughts of people from varied experiences and backgrounds, including indigenous people, women, people with disabilities and mature workers, we reinforce and support an inclusive workplace. 

The EPA Inclusion and Diversity Committee brings together the people, plans, programs and groups already working to promote greater diversity and inclusion at the EPA. The Committee works alongside the other support groups and networks including: the Spokeswomen's Program, the Aboriginal Network and the Young Professionals Network.

Diversity + Inclusion = Engage and high performing culture 

How to apply

NSW Government jobs, including our jobs, are advertised on the I Work for NSW website. You can view our current vacancies there.

Applying for a government job is not the same as applying for jobs in the private sector, and the process includes several defined steps. You will have a much better chance of getting an interview if you follow those steps:

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