Careers with us

About the EPA

The EPA is the primary environmental regulator for New South Wales. We have over 600 full time employees across located in offices across NSW.

Our vision is to have a healthy and thriving environment for the future.

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

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. Our employee career journey starts with living our values, reinforcing our culture and delivering through our world class regulator characteristics.

Learning mindset

We continuously develop to build and maintain trusted expertise in all relevant disciplines and operations

Outcomes focused

We articulate and are relentlessly accountable for clear outcomes that focus on the effective delivery of public value

Responsive and adaptive

We proactively listen, identify and respond to risks with contemporary tools, technology and data to reduce harm

Purpose and people-centred

We are fundamentally purpose driven and enable a people-centred culture to create a safe and great place to work

Service oriented

We work collaboratively with community, government, stakeholders and our people to influence and enable outcomes


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.

Sound like you?

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.

Employee benefits

  • 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.
  • Recognition – our Shine program recognises teams, individuals, and future leaders in delivering outstanding achievements and progress towards our aspiration as a world class regulator. 

Week in the life of an operations officer and indigenous operations officer

Operations officer

Indigenous operations officer

What kind of work does the EPA do?

The EPA is a regulator and specialises in roles such as:

  • compliance
  • investigations
  • waste assessment
  • air and water sampling.

As well as these specialty roles, the EPA also offers roles typical of any business. These include administration, finance, IT, human resources, stakeholder engagement, policy, project management and legal services.


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 graduate 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, and an opportunity to gain employment in an entry level role in 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 four indigenous 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 along side 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.

Diverse and inclusive workforce

Our people are our greatest asset, at the EPA we value our culture – inclusion, team work 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, we need to continue to address a wider range of diversity and inclusion factors to support our workforce.

We are strengthening our workforce planning capabilities to better integrate equal opportunities for all employees including: indigenous people, women, people with disabilities and mature workers, as well as flexible working arrangements.

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 a number of defined steps. You will have a much better chance of getting an interview if you follow those steps:

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