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    DEFRA Group


The DEFRA Group plays a unique and vital role at the heart of UK life. As one of our colleagues, so will you.

From the food we eat to the water we drink and the air we breathe – we exist to protect the environment and help the rural economy thrive. Our work ranges from supporting the UK’s world-leading food, farming and fishing industries to providing robust defences against natural threats.

Whatever your skills, background or specialism, you will find that this is work with a more profound purpose. Crucially, there has never been a more exciting time to join us.

Now, as we navigate the challenges of delivering ‘A Green Future: Our 25 year plan to improve the Environment, within a generation, our focus is on working in a transformative way, and we are embracing every opportunity to become more agile, efficient, focused and innovative than ever before

For you, this promises a once-in-a-generation opportunity to impact on millions of lives, building a bright future for us all.

Who we are:

Our responsibilities are as varied and vital as the many lives, natural habitats and industries we protect. To reflect this, our workforce is equally diverse and critical.

From Policymakers to Project Managers, from Economists to Scientists, and from Communications Specialists to Commercial Advisors, Defra is home to many talented individuals. Each bring a unique mindset to what they do.

It takes all kinds of people, in all kinds of roles and from all walks of life to fulfil our unique purpose.

Together, we are constantly collaborating to arrive at better solutions for our environment, and the whole of the UK. This makes for truly fascinating work.

Our organisation

The Defra Group is a collection of government agencies and departments, working closely with different partners, industries and communities, across the country. As the world and political climate changes, we are tasked with finding innovative solutions to constantly evolving challenges.

Here are the different departments and agencies within the Defra Group.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - GOV.UK (

Animal and Plant Health Agency - GOV.UK (

Rural Payments Agency - GOV.UK (

Veterinary Medicines Directorate - GOV.UK (

Environment Agency - GOV.UK (

Natural England - GOV.UK (

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