• Open
  • Closing date: 17 March 2021


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. To do so, we design, develop, and deploy cleanup systems to stop plastic from reaching our oceans by intercepting it in rivers. As a River Survey Engineer, you will initiate, organize, and manage fieldwork campaigns in rivers across the globe. Your data and insights are key for the deployment and development of plastic interception technologies.

“The Data and Monitoring team supports the development of plastic our interception technologies and measures their performance by researching the spatial and temporal behavior of plastic in rivers and providing all relevant data per river as needed. We develop and deploy sensors, apps, and dashboards to provide actionable information to other teams in the organization. We collaborate with universities across the globe to have the best understanding of plastic emitting rivers. We are looking for an energetic, communicative fieldwork engineer with management skills and a hands-on mentality.” – Lourens Meijer, Head of Data & Monitoring


The Ocean Cleanup currently operates Interceptors in several countries and is seeking to expand rapidly in the next years. The Data and Monitoring team identifies suitable deployment locations and measures the performance of existing operations. We collaborate with universities and NGO’s and build long-lasting relationships to obtain insights into local plastic pollution and to identify optimal locations for mitigation measures. The River Survey Engineer builds and maintains relationships, manages and participates in field campaigns abroad, and presents all results to the Data & Monitoring team.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Building research partnerships with universities and NGO’s across the globe
  • Designing and executing field campaigns to collect data on plastic in rivers
  • Performing technical suitability assessments for plastic interception technologies
  • Reporting on data collected in rivers
  • Reporting on technical site suitability assessments
  • Collaborating with other teams in the river department on specific plastic extraction projects


  • Master’s degree in environmental science or other geoscience-related fields
  • At least 1 year of comparable work experience in a relevant field
  • Experience with installing (hydrological) remote sensing is a plus
  • Experience conducting fieldwork
  • Experience and comfort with managing several projects simultaneously
  • Fluent in English, proficiency in Spanish, French, or an Asian language is a plus
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Excellent communicator
  • Experience with a programming language is a plus (Python e.g.)
  • Experience with GIS software is a plus (ArcGIS e.g.)


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, and curious
  • Hands-on mentality
  • Enjoys sharing knowledge and building capacity with stakeholders
  • Capacity to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Able to deal with uncertainty, changes in scope, and ambiguity
  • Willingness to travel abroad (post-COVID-19)
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal
Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union