EPA Special Agents

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 Criminal Investigations Division 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.

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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
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
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 Decline
Career Ladder
  • Special Agent in Charge
  • Assistant Special Agent in Charge
  • Experienced Special Agent
  • Entry-Level Special Agent