• Interviews started
  • Closing date: 19 January 2021


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop advanced technology to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. You will support our mission by bringing strong legal expertise to the team.  

 “Shoot for the moon! Be part of an amazing team focusing on achieving an incredible mission.” - Rutger de Witt Wijnen, General Counsel

You can apply for this vacancy until November 30th 2020.


To provide legal advice to all entities (in the broadest sense) of The Ocean Cleanup; this requires managing the legal risks they may face across several areas of law and jurisdictions. You will draft, review, and negotiate contracts with operators, suppliers, sponsors, partners, financial institutions, and governments. You will be involved in mapping and overseeing regulatory requirements for the operations of The Ocean Cleanup and in public relations with regulatory authorities where necessary. Because our operations are new and unique, existing laws and regulations might not cover such operations. There are often no precedents (something that makes this job so exciting). 

The responsibilities and activities are very broad and diverse; the fields of law differ from international contract law to intellectual property law; from the international law of the seas to corporate governance; and from issues related to permitting to labor law-related issues. 

You will work closely with highly ranked law firms all over the world that support The Ocean Cleanup. This is truly a perfect opportunity for a high-energy lawyer who wants to make a difference. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts, primarily in English
  • Drafting templates for frequently used agreements
  • Mapping applicable laws and regulations and facilitate business compliance
  • Challenge business decisions from a legal perspective
  • Manage outside experts/counsels
  • Register IP rights, follow-up on infringements
  • HR and procurement support
  • Advising on a variety of other legal topics


  • Master’s degree in law
  • Experience in private practice, preferably also experience as an in-house counsel (7-10 years)
  • Extensive knowledge in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating international contracts
  • Longstanding understanding of various fields of laws or the willingness to learn more (such as IP, international laws of the sea, corporate governance, etc.);
  • Excellent English language skills (written and verbal) Other languages are a plus, bonus points for Mandarin, Dutch is not necessarily required.
  • Willingness to travel regularly 


  • Pragmatic where possible, but thorough when needed
  • Team player with high cultural awareness and sensitivity; and excellent communication skills
  • Thrives in fast-paced, international environments
  • Self-motivated, “can do” mentality
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal


Starting from:
Q1 2021
Work permit needed:
European Union

Interviews have started, but please feel free to apply, as we might consider new applications.