We seek passion and excellence

Our mission is to develop advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. We need to complete one of the most ambitious engineering projects on the face of the planet. To succeed in our mission, we hire dedicated, fully focused and out-of-the-box thinking employees.

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.

River plastic research in Guatemala The Ocean Cleanup crew with local operator in Jakarta, Indonesia

Our cultural philosophy


We put our mission first, set challenging ambitions, and persevere where any normal person would have long given up on a quest to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.


To innovate through uncharted waters, we transparently discuss issues, challenge each other, and approach failures as Unscheduled Learning Opportunities.


Through pragmatic, focused, and disciplined execution, we work to maximize plastic collection and put ourselves out of business as fast as possible.


This problem is too big for anyone to solve alone, so it’s important to trust and build on each other and our partners. We celebrate team wins and have fun while we’re at it!

Job openings

Need a few good reasons to join the team?

  • See your work getting implemented within months of initial design
  • Work on cutting-edge engineering, modeling, 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

  • Build, break, learn, and repeat: we iterate fast and continuously
  • We work anywhere, anytime.
  • Personal accountability is our culture (no time sheets or fixed number of holidays)
  • From (free) team lunches, to drinks on the terrace, to ping pong – we work hard, but we also enjoy downtime

Hear it from the team

Curious to hear how it is to work at The Ocean Cleanup? Listen to our team members explain their work in our podcast. Available on Spotify and all other podcast platforms.

  1. Boyan Slat

    CEO and Founder
  2. Chris Worp

    Managing Director
  3. Lonneke Holierhoek

    Director of Science & Operations
  4. Jos Huijbregts

  5. Alexandra Hostier

    Head of Government Affairs
  6. André Vollering

    Data Engineer
  7. Andriarimina Rakotonirina

    Computational Modeler
  8. Angela Osorio

    Operations Officer Waste
  9. Anne Raangs

    Operations Officer
  10. Arjan Verschoor

    Head of Engineering
  11. Arjen Tjallema

    Technology Manager
  12. Axel Peytavin

    Computational Modeler
  13. Bastiaan Dubois

    Business Development Manager
  14. Carlo Wesseling

    Head of Business Development - Rivers
  15. Caroline Leclerc

    Business Development Manager EMEA
  16. Chris Reichard

    Lead Structural & Mechanical Engineer
  17. Christian Cocca

    QA/ Test Manager
  18. Dan Leahy

    Chief Development Officer
  19. Dan van der Kooy

    Senior Video Producer
  20. Daniella Kern

    Legal Assistant
  21. David Cecchini

    QESH Manager
  22. David Higgins

    River Survey Engineer
  23. Deborah Koskela

    Lead Hydrodynamic Engineer
  24. Eline Spek

    Program Coordinator
  25. Elisabeth Thiemann

    Valorization Intern
  26. Ellen Hoogland

    Senior Counsel
  27. Emma Brussen

    Community Manager
  28. Erika Träskvik

    Digital Communications Manager
  29. Eva Snijder

    Material Development Manager
  30. Evelyn Bray

    Partnerships Manager
  31. Fedde Poppenk

    Mechanical Engineer
  32. Femke Hoes

    Finance Coordinator
  33. Florent Beauverd

    Creative Content Director
  34. Gerianne Terlouw

    Research Program Coordinator
  35. Glen Kissack

    Operations Manager
  36. Hannah Kortman

    Intern Ocean Research
  37. Henk van Dalen

    Director Ocean
  38. Henning Lagemann

    Junior Project Engineer
  39. Ian Smith

    Senior Engineer
  40. Irina Novikova

    Business Developer Asia
  41. Jaap Spaans

    Design Engineer
  42. Jasper van Eijk

    Project Engineer
  43. Joel Jansen

    Specialist Engineer
  44. Jolanda Dubois

    Accounting assistant
  45. Joost Dubois

    Director Communications
  46. Josee Meiners

    HR Director
  47. Joy Gao

    Head of Finance
  48. Julius Lein

    Technical Superintendent
  49. Karen Shepherd

    Executive Assistant
  50. Leonardo Avezzano

    Head of Valorization
  51. Leticia Passos

    Senior Legal Counsel
  52. Lourens Meijer

    Senior Hydrologist
  53. Luka Driesen

    Communications Intern
  54. Maarten van Berkel

    Data Architect
  55. Maggie Lund

    Head of Business Development China and Philippines
  56. Manon Ait Amrouche

    Senior Project Engineer
  57. Marieke Bijl

    Office Manager
  58. Martin Gonzalez

    Hydrodynamic Engineer
  59. Mathieu Feisthauer

    Head of Operations
  60. Matthias Egger

    Lead Ocean Field Scientist
  61. Matthias van Middendorp

    Design Engineer
  62. Michelle Tishler

    Head of Environmental and Social Affairs
  63. Niek op t’Ende

    Program Manager Ocean
  64. Onno van de Sande

    Manufacturing Manager Rivers
  65. Peter Wiersum

    Project Manager Communications
  66. Rachel Richardson

    Manager, Creative Copy & PR
  67. Reijnder de Feijter

    R&D Engineer
  68. Renata Correia

    River Survey Engineer
  69. Robin de Vries

    Geospatial Analyst
  70. Rosa de Valk

    Legal & HR assistant
  71. Sjoerd Drenkelford

    Installation Officer
  72. Stella van den Berg

    Product Manager
  73. Stephanie Lermen Mendonça

    Business Developer for LATAM
  74. Steven Bink

    Head of IT
  75. Stijn Pinson

    Project Engineer Electrical Systems
  76. Tilo Kauerhoff

    Field Engineer
  77. Valentina Marinelic

    Video Editor & Production Assistant
  78. Viktorija Gaizutyte

    Social Media Manager
  79. Yannick Pham

    Computational Modeler

International team

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    South Africa 1 member from this country

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    United Kingdom 7 members from this country

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