EPA Special Agents

EPA Investigators Inspect a Site

EPA special agents are specially trained law enforcement officers who work for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helping to enforce federal environmental laws. They work in the EPA's criminal enforcement program and help protect land, water, and air resources. They are authorized to carry firearms, to serve warrants, and to place known environmental violators and fugitives under arrest. The EPA has more than 350 specially trained investigators, chemists, technicians, engineers, lawyers, and support staff in its Criminal Investigation Division.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) EPA CID Special Agents
Duties Enforce federal environmental laws for the Environmental Protection Agency; carry firearms; serve warrants; arrest environmental violators and fugitives
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Must be between 21 and 37 years old, in excellent physical condition
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Special Agent in Charge
  • Assistant Special Agent in Charge
  • Experienced Special Agent
  • Entry-Level Special Agent