Help build a clean future

We seek passion and excellence

To succeed in our mission, we need to complete one of the most ambitious engineering projects on the face of the planet. Designing mega-structures capable of lasting in the harshest of environments is not easy. Cleaning up 70 % of the world’s surface is even harder, but it is a challenge we are motivated to overcome.

If you are a master problem solver and are willing to do whatever it takes to rid the world's oceans of plastic, we want you at The Ocean Cleanup.

Job openings

Join the team

Do you think you can contribute to our mission but there is no suitable vacancy on our website at this moment? Please send your resume to

Need a few good reasons to join the team?

  • See your work getting implemented months after designing.
  • Work on cutting-edge ocean engineering, ocean modelling and plastic pollution research.
  • Be part of a driven group of experts, who see the "impossible" as temporary.
  • Play a key role in launching the largest cleanup in history.

We bring the Silicon Valley culture to the Netherlands.

  • We move fast and iterate continuously; we build, test, learn, improve and repeat.
  • We value self-responsibility. We don’t register hours or number of holidays.
  • We have a flat organizational structure, giving you plenty of room to grow and take on more responsibility.
  • And, yes, we have a ping pong table. And we eat lunch together.


  • Boyan Slat
    CEO and Founder
    Boyan Slat
    CEO and Founder

    Inventor since birth

    Founded The Ocean Cleanup at age 18

    Youngest-ever recipient of UN’s highest environment award

    Full bio, Twitter, Facebook

  • Lonneke Holierhoek
    Lonneke Holierhoek, MSc

    Using 20 years of experience in maritime and offshore projects towards achieving successful cleanup operations.

    Master of Science in Technical Mathematics (TU Delft, 1995), Quantity Surveyor (I.C.E.S., UK, 2003).

    An enthused amateur lapidist.

  • Jos Huijbregts
    Jos Huijbregts, MSc

    Bringing 25 years of corporate finance and business management experience to The Ocean Cleanup

    Master’s in Econometry (Amsterdam University, 1990), executive degree in Financial Controlling (Amsterdam University, 1994), Management Program (Harvard, 2009)

    As an avid sailor, I'm fully motivated to help to rid the oceans of plastic

  • Amy George
    Project Engineer
    Amy George, MSc
    Project Engineer

    Figuring out the most effective way to recycle ocean plastics.

    Currently focused on advanced washing methods to produce high quality plastics.

    Believing that humans aren't on earth to destroy it but to sustain the beautiful things that existed forever.

  • André Vollering
    IT Support
    Andre Vollering, MSc
    IT Support

    Master Bioinformatics

    I fix computer related problems

  • Anna Schwarz
    Environmental Researcher
    Anna Schwarz, MSc
    Environmental Researcher

    Member of the Ocean Cleanup lab-team

    Bachelor of life and Master of Earth

    Passionate about contributing to a sustainable planet

  • Arjan Boezeman
    Project Director Extraction
    Arjan Boezeman, MSc
    Project Director Extraction

    History in developing custom equipment for marine contractors

    Awarded 4 patents and 2 innovation awards

    Qualified mechanical engineer and bus driver

  • Arjen Tjallema
    Technology Manager
    Arjen Tjallema, MSc
    Technology Manager

    Hydrodynamics & motion-of-the-ocean expert

    Floating & boating enthusiast

    Experienced mooring designer, with strings attached

  • Bart Buijsman
    Project Engineer Assembly
    Bart Buijsman, BSc
    Project Engineer Assembly

    Eight years of field experience in offshore construction

    Lifelong passion for surfing

    When I retire, I like my waves to be free of plastic

  • Bénédicte Dommergues
    Junior Modeling Engineer
    Bénédicte Dommergues, MSc
    Junior Modeling Engineer

    Wants to live on a tropical island, but only if there is no longer plastics on the beaches

    Master of science in maritime engineering, studied at Ecole Centrale Marseille, France

  • Briana Gibbs
    Environmental Impact Intern
    Briana Gibbs, BSc
    Environmental Impact Intern

    MSc student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Miami.

    Investigating the cleanup system's potential impact(s) on marine life.

    Grew up along the Pacific, and as an avid marine life lover, I am excited to help contribute to ridding it of plastics.

  • Brigitte Vlaswinkel
    Lead Environmental Impact
    Brigitte Vlaswinkel, PhD
    Lead Environmental Impact

    In charge of setting up and managing all environmental impact assessment work.

    PhD from Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Miami.

    Passion for Clean Energy and Clean Oceans. Also employed at ‘Oceans of Energy’.

    Keeps bodies and minds in balance at The Ocean Cleanup by teaching yoga over lunch.

  • Bruno Sainte-Rose
    Lead Computational Modeler
    Bruno Sainte-Rose, PhD
    Lead Computational Modeler

    Leads plastic modeling activities

    Loves to put his rocket science education to down to earth challenging missions.

    As a Caribbean islander knows the importance of cleaner oceans!

  • Chris Reichard
    Lead Structural & Mechanical Engineer
    Chris Reichard, MSc
    Lead Structural & Mechanical Engineer

    Creative, innovation loving engineer leading the structural team for the pacific system.

    Experience in structural engineering with a mix of hydrodynamics and coding, previously worked for one of the largest vessels in the offshore industry.

    Have a passion for the outdoors and always ready for an adventure.

  • Deborah Koskela
    Lead Hydrodynamic Engineer
    Deborah Koskela, BSc
    Lead Hydrodynamic Engineer

    Investigated the impact of ocean motion on flexible things, for fifteen years

    Believes in sustainable living. Treads the fine line between recycling and hoarding.

    Using my professional skills for my personal beliefs.

  • Derk Tazelaar
    Financial Controller
    Derk Tazelaar, MSc
    Financial Controller

    Experienced Controller for Fabrication and Offshore Installation Projects

    Passionate about surfing and sailing. Wish for my kids to enjoy the ocean as well in the future.

  • Diane Fovet
    Junior Installation Engineer
    Diane Fovet, MSc
    Junior Installation Engineer

    Master of Mechanical Engineering from ICAM, Lille

    This is my first job. I couldn't think of a better project to start my professional career

    Trying to better the environment by how I eat, travel, work and live. Optimistic and adventurous, always ready to jump out of planes or do crazy snowboard tricks

  • Eline Spek
    Program Coordinator
    Eline Spek, MSc
    Program Coordinator

    Experienced juggler of projects, priorities and plans

    Can almost always answer your question. Probably yesterday.

    Boulderer, sword fighter & always something new

  • Ellen Hoogland
    General Counsel
    Ellen Hoogland, LL.M.
    General Counsel

    All-round business-oriented general counsel with 20 years of experience.

    Motivated to leave the world a bit better than I found it.

  • Erika Träskvik
    Digital Communications Manager
    Erika Träskvik, MSc
    Digital Communications Manager

    Have been fascinated by marketing as long as I can remember. Finnish but speak Swedish.

    Grew up in the forest and spent the summers at the coast. Yes, Finland has summer too.

    Loving the “nothing is impossible”-spirit at The Ocean Cleanup.

  • Fedde Poppenk
    Mechanical Engineer
    Fedde Poppenk, MSc
    Mechanical Engineer

    Working on the Pacific Ocean System as a design and structural engineer.

    Graduated as Space Systems Engineer, spent 7 years in the Oil and Gas industry as a designer and now up for doing some good.

  • Femke Hoes
    Legal & Finance Coordinator
    Femke Hoes
    Legal & Finance Coordinator

    Proud member of the service team

    Passionate about ridding the oceans of plastic

  • Florent Beauverd
    Video & Content Manager
    Florent Beauverd, BSc
    Video & Content Manager

    Self-educated videographer, photographer and copywriter.

    Bsc. Geosciences & Environment

    Curious about physics & mechanical engineering. Tendency to shatter iPhone screens. In love with the great outdoors.

  • Francesco F. Ferrari
    Lab Coordinator
    Francesco F. Ferrari, MSc
    Lab Coordinator

    Because plastic fighting handyman marine biologist that sails the ocean, is not a job title

    3 expeditions to collect samples

    Always looking for a solution

  • Gerard van Laar
    Freelance Mechanical Engineer
    Gerard van Laar, MSc
    Freelance Mechanical Engineer

    Master degree in Automotive Engineering

    Professional inventor in the horizontal world and surprising ability to survive in the vertical world, thus far

  • Hans Limburg
    Ocean Team Graduate Intern
    Hans Limburg, BSc
    Ocean Team Graduate Intern

    Studying wave overtopping and bridging phenomena of the floating barrier system.

    Regularly found in, near and on the water. Passionate about rowing, surfing, white-water kayaking and swimming.

  • Hendrik Wrenger
    Computational Modeler
    Hendrik Wrenger, MSc
    Computational Modeler

    Investigating the accumulation of plastic in front of the barrier.

    Varied background ranging from hands-on construction to environmental engineering.

    Hoping to find a way to make use of his paraglider in the Netherlands.

  • Henk van Dalen
    Project Manager
    Henk van Dalen, MSc
    Project Manager

    Responsible for a successful execution of the first cleanup system.

    Experienced in Procurement, Project Management and Business Development.

    Passionate surfer who lives by the motto "don’t destroy what you came to enjoy".

  • Ivan Soares
    Oceanographer & Computational Modeler
    Ivan Soares, PhD
    Oceanographer & Computational Modeler

    Senior Oceanographer with 25 years of experience in Ocean Circulation Modeling

    Has a PhD in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography by the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science – University of Miami

    Founder and CEO of the Atlantis Institute)

  • Jaap Spaans
    Jaap Spaans, BSc

    Working on the Pacific Ocean System, the system that will take out plastic from the oceans.

    Previously Design Engineer at Huisman Equipment, Dive instructor and draftsman at Royal HaskoningDHV.

    As a scuba diver did coral reef clean-ups, now happy to join the biggest ocean clean-up in history.

  • Jan-Willem Damsteeg
    Systems and Control Engineer
    Jan-Willem Damsteeg, MSc
    Systems and Control Engineer

    Background in Mechanical and Control Engineering

    Spatial data analysis & Mechatronics design

    Passionate about race cycling

  • Jean-Sebastien Verjut
    Senior Structural Engineer
    Jean-Sebastien Verjut, MSc
    Senior Structural Engineer

    Passionate about everything floating

    Helped moor vessels for the O&G industry from 70 to 2700 m water depth

    Likes to rise up to the challenge

  • Jetteke Flick
    Modelling & Simulation Intern
    Jetteke Flick, BSc
    Modelling & Simulation Intern

    BSc in Aerospace Engineering

    Investigating the interaction between the barrier and the water

    Can spend hours watching the ballet of a lion's mane jellyfish

  • Joel Jansen
    Specialist Engineer
    Joel Jansen, MSc
    Specialist Engineer

    Specialist in several engineering disciplines (hence the job title). Now focused on QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment) for The Ocean Cleanup system.

    Previously worked for an innovative company in offshore access, transferring millions of people offshore safely from a vessel to an offshore structure.

    Would like to leave behind a better world for our children. If not now then when?

  • Joost Dubois
    Head of Communications
    Joost Dubois, MSc
    Head of Communications

    Chief Storyteller

    25+ years veteran of corporate affairs, marketing and communications

    Passionately curious with a nose for news

  • Josee Meiners
    HR Director
    Josee Meiners
    HR Director

    High energy HR Director & problem solver

    Living on a sailing boat, clean water is so important to me. That’s why I put my experience and energy in The Ocean Cleanup mission.

  • Julia Reisser
    Julia Reisser, PhD

    Leads the ocean plastic research team, with 10+ years of at-sea experience from tropics to poles

    Author of 15+ peer-reviewed publications

    Obsessed with making the Great Pacific Garbage Patch disappear ASAP

  • Julius Lein
    Technical Superintendent
    Julius Lein, MSc
    Technical Superintendent

    Hydrodynamics and coding vs. operation and organization, familiar in both worlds

    Passion for windsurfing, sailing, football, cycling… sports!

    Fixing everything from old scooters to computers

  • Kees van Oeveren
    Mechatronics Engineer
    Kees van Oeveren, MSc
    Mechatronics Engineer

    Developping plastic sensing techniques.

    MSc Energy & Environmental Sciences.

    Passionate about kitesurfing and DIY music electronics.

  • Laurent Lebreton
    Laurent Lebreton, MSc

    10 years experience in ocean modelling, environmental data science and mapping

    Ocean lover, surfer and globetrotter

  • Mark Paalvast
    Hydrodynamic Analyst
    Mark Paalvast, MSc
    Hydrodynamic Analyst

    Graduated Cum Laude from TU Delft

    Over 25+ years of experience in wordplay jokes

    Very enthusiastic about everything that moves in the ocean

  • Menno Bijl
    Project Engineer
    Menno Bijl, MSc
    Project Engineer

    Picking-up everything that is required to assist the team in setting and reaching our goals.

    Grew up in Offshore Engineering for the Oil and Gas industry. Developed into a QA/QC Engineer, later QA/QC Manager and Project Engineering Manager.

    Crossed the Atlantic Ocean on board a sailing vessel in 2015.

  • Michelle Loozen
    Hydraulic Engineer
    Michelle Loozen, MSc
    Hydraulic Engineer

    Studied Coastal and River Engineering at the Technical University of Delft.

    Now putting technical knowledge to use by participating in a spectacular project.

    Impulsive, curious and seeking challenges. A bit scared by the ocean, but can't resist its mystery.

  • Norbert Fraunholcz
    Lead Engineer Recycling
    Norbert Fraunholcz, PhD
    Lead Engineer Recycling

    +20 years of experience in recycling technology of waste plastics

    Experienced in R&D and actual recycling operations

    Passionate about eco-system-friendly plastics and a clean environment on land and sea in general

  • Peter Wiersum
    Site Manager
    Peter Wiersum
    Site Manager

    Preparing and managing local operations

    Represented the Netherlands at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games.

    Former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist coxing the Dutch men’s rowing team.

  • Petra Mijnders
    Project Manager Office
    Petra Mijnders
    Project Manager Office

    All round project management to speed up the workflow within the organization.

    Passionate surfer and beach cleaner. Co-founder of Into The Wild Algarve, an off the grid retreat center in Portugal.

  • Rachel Richardson
    Communications Strategy Officer
    Rachel Richardson, BSc
    Communications Strategy Officer

    I love to tell a good story, and I’m here to help The Ocean Cleanup tell theirs.

    Have worked in aerospace, fashion, law, healthcare, education, but now I think I found my fit in the ocean.

    Ran several half marathons, ran one full marathon, and can quote 97.3% of the movie Zoolander.

  • Reijnder de Feijter
    Hydrodynamic Engineer
    Reijnder de Feijter, MSc
    Hydrodynamic Engineer

    Investigating the structural and hydrodynamic response of the cleanup system

    Divides even his lunch into finite elements

    Passionate about eco friendly motorsports

  • Rick Martini
    Offshore Operations Manager
    Rick Martini
    Offshore Operations Manager

    Prepares and Leads offshore operations. 25+ years' experience in Shipbuilding and offshore operations

    Loves to sail the seven seas with his yacht

    Passionate about all creatures great and small living in the oceans

  • Rob Koning
    Project Planner
    Rob Koning, BSc
    Project Planner

    Plan the work, support the team to work the plan.

    Background in Project Control Management on turnaround, maintenance and EPC(I) projects.

  • Roberto Brambini
    Hydrodynamic Engineer
    Roberto Brambini, MSc
    Hydrodynamic Engineer

    Lived in Denmark where I got the M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering

    Singer-songwriter and passionate about swimming, surf, football and snowboarding

    Best adventure so far: one month research expedition in the North Pacific ocean

  • Rogier Reker
    Social Media Advisor
    Rogier Reker
    Social Media Advisor

    Assisting the communications team on social media strategy.

    6 years of experience in social media and content creation for large organisations such as KLM.

    Impulsive & curious. Outdoor person. Cycled from Amsterdam to Barcelona because of a bet. Raised next to the ocean.

  • Ruud Schrama
    Project Director
    Ruud Schrama, BSc
    Pacific Operations Project Director

    Responsible for the design and execution of the first cleanup system.

    Bringing 32 years of offshore experience to ensure safety, quality and scheduling on this challenging project.

    Born and raised in the country side, always been close to mother nature. Managed that no plastic bottles and cups were used on an 18-months lasting project on the Indian Ocean.

  • Selma Damsteeg
    Mechanical Engineer
    Selma Damsteeg, MSc
    Mechanical Engineer

    Working on the extraction system.

    First job after graduating from TU Delft.

    Excited about applying engineering skills to help tackle the plastic problem.

  • Siiri Hatakka
    Project Engineer
    Siiri Hatakka, MSc
    Project Engineer

    MSc. Economics, Corporate Environmental Management

    Working on recycling strategy for the Ocean Plastic

    Background in Environmental Management and Health & Safety

  • Siwam Gupta
    Financial Assistant
    Siwam Gupta, BBA
    Financial Assistant

    Proud member of a team that makes the world a better place to live in.

    Success to me is growing as a person every day to reach my full potential and doing the things I love.

  • Sjoerd Drenkelford
    Mechanical Engineer
    Sjoerd Drenkelford, MSc
    Mechanical Engineer

    Works on extraction technology

    Background in Transport engineering and logistics

    Fanatic music lover

  • Steven Bink
    IT Coordinator
    Steven Bink
    IT Coordinator

    Microsoft Tech consultant since 1994

    Passionate for Science and Technology

    Joined The Ocean Cleanup on June 18, 2013

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