• Open
  • Closing date: 31 July 2022


In our mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, forging and maintaining relations with governments and other relevant stakeholders is essential. The Ocean Cleanup seeks an international volunteer to assist the Head of Global Affairs in the discharge of his duties and in his day-to-day work.

It is also an opportunity for students and/or recent graduates who, in the context of their degree studies or their doctoral research, wish to gain practical educational work experience and deepen their knowledge of international relations and of multilateral treaty negotiations and implementation. Applicants who are only able to work remotely will also be considered.


Volunteers are, among other tasks, required to:

  • Take part in the preparation of internal and external meetings (e.g., with governmental stakeholders, intergovernmental negotiating committees, etc.)
  • Contribute to the communication of the work of The Ocean Cleanup, assisting with the preparation of presentations and collection of other information according to the needs of the Head of Global Affairs
  • Carry out research on particular points of environmental law, namely related to the Ocean and/or waste management
  • Applicants should bear in mind that the nature of the work assigned will generally be a combination of both substantive and administrative work (incl. preparation of travel missions)


  • The position is open to those who have an academic background in international relations or international law at the Master's, J.D, or Ph.D. level
  • Knowledge or interest in statistics and econometrics is an advantage
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Mandarin is an advantage


  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Curious, creative, and determined to deliver
  • Flexible team player
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Intrinsic motivation to work towards our ambitious and meaningful goal


Prospective applicants should submit:

  • A resume (CV)
  • A transcript of academic records or statement of academic results (if you are currently a student or have graduated in the last 12 months)
  • An academic writing sample (an excerpt of any of your essays or papers in English)
  • At least one letter of recommendation

Please submit these documents as one pdf file.


6 months

Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union