Environmental Officer



The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technology to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. In 2018, The Ocean Cleanup initiated the largest cleanup in history by launching the first cleanup system; System 001 ("Wilson").

We are a young organization with a mission to tackle a global problem of an unprecedented scale. What we are aiming for is not easy, and we know we need to push the limits of current technological boundaries to reach our goals. Working at The Ocean Cleanup isn’t for everyone, but we believe that through optimism, perseverance, and ingenuity we can succeed.

We are recruiting a diverse team of bright, high-performing people, who feel comfortable going off the beaten path, and who perceive setbacks merely as necessary obstacles to be taken on the route to great and lasting achievement.


We are looking for an environmental officer who is responsible for the assessment and improvement of our technology relating to its environment, ensuring aspects such as biology and social factors are considered. Our activities span the globe and the circumstance may vary for each continent, region or ecosystem. Your responsibilities would be to develop a methodology to ensure environmental impacts are reviewed under those various conditions, cooperating with local experts and our team of engineers and specialists.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and ensure the performance of methods assessing any impact of our technology on its environment.
  • Identify and source suitable local experts who can advise on specific conditions and regulatory framework.
  • Be the interface between our team of engineers and specialists, and our partners/suppliers, who work on environmental, and social impact assessments and monitoring.
  • Develop environmental monitoring or environmental management plans.
  • Ensure monitoring data is used to identify problems and propose solutions.
  • Work closely with the engineering team and external partners to facilitate continuous improvement in our design, technology, and methodology. 


  • A relevant Master or Bachelor in biology, ecology, environmental science or a relevant engineering discipline. We are looking for someone who can work at the interface between biology and engineering. For example; you have a biology degree and with an above-average interest in technology and understanding of engineering; you’re an engineering major with a minor in biology; you have experience in working with feedback from EIA assessments; or any other background you feel can convince us with.
  • Proven experience in coordinating and supervising work performed internationally by contractors/suppliers and/or other external partner companies.
  • Experience in, or knowledge of waste management or social embedding is a big plus.
  • Around 5 years of working experience that have prepared you for taking on this role.


  • Very strong communication and reporting skills
  • Culturally aware and able to adapt your style accordingly
  • Result-driven and self-starter, even when faced with adversity and setbacks
  • Willingness to travel abroad
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal

Please apply by sending your CV and motivation letter to hr@theoceancleanup.com.