A career at the European Environment Agency (EEA) is more than just a job. It is an opportunity to be part of a community that is working to make a difference towards protecting Europe’s environment.

At the EEA, we offer candidates from diverse professional backgrounds an international and stimulating working environment. Whatever your role, you will contribute to our collective purpose to provide evidence-based knowledge on Europe’s environment and climate.

We value our employees' unique skills, experience and perspectives, and work hard to create an empowering work environment that provides a sense of community. With a career at the EEA, you can grow professionally and personally, thanks to training opportunities, flexible work arrangements, and more.  

As an EU agency, the European Environment Agency only accepts applications from nationals of the EU and the agency’s member countries (the 27 European Union Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Türkiye).

Our contracts

The EEA offers three contract types. Staff are recruited through open selection procedures. Specific information about application and selection procedures can be found within each vacancy notice.

Temporary agent contracts are typically offered as a four-year contract with the possibility of renewal. These posts are classified into three function groups, depending on the kind of duties: 

  • Administrative function group (AD) related to managerial, conceptual and analytical work. Linguistic and scientific duties are also included.
  • Assistants function group (AST) and Secretaries and clerks function group (AST/SC) relate to technical, excecutive and clerical duties.
  • Support functions (FG II and FG III) in administration and operational units (e.g. secretaries and assistants).
  • Operational and administrative posts (FG IV) (e.g. experts in administration and in operational units).

Contract agents are typically offered a four-year contract with the possibility of renewal. For projects with limited duration and budgets, the EEA may recruit contract agents for a limited period and/or with a non-renewable contract.

Seconded national expert (SNE) contracts are open to civil servants from national, regional or local public administration or an International Governmental Organisation (IGO) who temporarily work for the Agency and assist in carrying out the duties assigned to them under the work programme, or a description of duties agreed upon at the time of application.

SNEs remain in the service of their initial employer throughout the period of secondment and continue to be paid by that employer. They typically begin with a one-year term, which can be renewed up to four years.

Seconded National Experts at the Agency are governed by the rules as laid down in Commission Decision C (­2008)­68­66 that apply by analogy.

Calls for expression of interest for Seconded National Experts are distributed to the Agency’s Management Board members that propose candidates to the Agency after which an evaluation procedure is carried out in order to identify the most suitable candidates for the vacant positions.

See also: Rules on secondment of national experts to the Commission  C (2008)­68­66

We do not accept unsolicited applications

Applications for open published vacancies will be considered in accordance with the published application procedure. We do not accept unsolicited applications.

Contact us at recruitment.enquiries@eea.europa.eu if you have questions about our selection process and open positions.

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