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Everything’s better with nature. You included.

At Natural England, we’re here to make sure people and nature can thrive.

We work collaboratively with a wide range of partners, stakeholders, and customers to manage and conserve the Natural Environment.  

We’re hiring all kinds of professionals to secure a healthy natural environment for everyone.

Who we are:

We’re the Government’s advisor for the natural environment in England. We help to protect and restore our natural world for present and future generations through sustainable development. 

We work on a wide range of projects, from promoting nature conservation and protecting biodiversity to encouraging open-air recreation and providing access to environmental study facilities. 

We support the Government’s 25-year environment plan, which sets out goals for leaving the environment in a better state within a generation.

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We aim for:

  • a well-managed Nature Recovery Network across land, water and sea;
  • nature-based solutions contributing fully to tackling environmental threats;
  • improvements in the natural capital to drive sustainable economic growth;
  • partnerships to help nature’s recovery.

Our projects are many and varied: from a new £10m fund to drive private sector investment in nature to the launch of the new Countryside Code. Find out more about Natural England.

Working for Natural England:

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At Natural England, we want everyone to thrive. We’re as committed to creating an inclusive culture as we are to protecting our environment, and welcome applications from a wide range of communities.

We build meaningful and supportive relationships between individuals, groups and organisations, where everyone feels valued and respected, and sees Natural England as a great place to work. As such, you’ll have access to a wide range of benefits that enhance life inside and outside of work.

You’ll get 33 days of annual leave, benefit from flexible working patterns, including flexi-time, and have access to the civil service pension scheme.

We’re as passionate about people as we are about nature and want our people to grow within their careers. So, join us and we’ll support you to achieve your ambitions with your own personal development plan, tailored to your needs and aspirations.

We also encourage professional development through apprenticeships, self-directed learning or learning providers and encourage membership with relevant bodies to help with your future career.

Do you want to work somewhere where you can balance the requirements of your role with your non-work responsibilities and interests? Then these opportunities could be for you.

See more on pay, pensions and benefits, including health insurance and the Civil Service Sports and Social Club, Working for Natural England.

Our locations:

We have 2,000 staff in offices throughout England. See a map of our locations Natural England offices and area teams.

For many of our positions, you can choose where you work.

Some National Team roles work in hubs, and you’ll need to work in a particular location. Other positions, such as Area Team roles, can only be done from specific offices.

Please let us know your location preferences in the appropriate field on the application form.

We allocate roles in merit order based on interview scores, accounting for location preferences and the work area most suited to successful candidates where possible.

Our roles:

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A healthy natural environment is fundamental to our well-being, prosperity, and happiness.

That’s why we collaborate with scientists, lawyers, project managers, and all kinds of experts to shape decision-making and environmental policy for the better.

Our people enjoy rewarding careers and work to improve the lives of everyone who uses England’s green spaces.

Meet some of our employees, and read more about what it’s like to work at Natural England:

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About you

Whether you’re advising customers on how to sustainably manage their land, managing a wetland project or overseeing the legal side of biodiversity net gains, you’ll be as dedicated to the environment as you are to your career.

Some positions require specific qualifications, but whatever your role, you’ll be inspired by the need to protect, preserve and enhance our environment.

As England’s leading environmental preservation organisation in a number of areas, many of our colleagues are the country’s go-to experts. If you’re naturally talented and ambitious, you might become one, too.

People across England are appreciating the natural world around them more than ever. This is your chance to influence environmental protection and enhancement, and ensure England’s natural habitats flourish for everyone.