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.

Quick Facts
Duties Enforce federal environmental laws for the Environmental Protection Agency; carry firearms; serve warrants; arrest environmental violators and fugitives
Alternate Title(s) EPA CID special agents
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Summer jobs and internships at the EPA will provide good introductory experience
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Applicants for a position as an EPA special agent must be between 21 and 37 years old and be in excellent physical condition
Career Ladder
  • Special Agent in Charge
  • Assistant Special Agent in Charge
  • Experienced Special Agent
  • Entry-Level Special Agent