• Open
  • Closing date: 09 October 2019


We believe that you can only solve a problem if you understand all aspects of it. Therefore, we are looking for an operations officer with a background in waste management who can build our knowledge base and strategies on waste management while assisting in the project management of some of our pilot projects.

In order to achieve our mission to ride the world’s oceans of plastic we need to manage the waste we collect through our systems in a responsible way. The Operations Officer – Waste will have realized this once efficient waste management have been successfully established in the locations where we operate.

“We work in a fast-paced and informal way where you can take lots of responsibility. I would like to welcome an expert on waste management in our team to help us set up waste management to prepare for the successful deployment of our systems on a global scale. Looking forward to working with an energetic, knowledgeable self-starter who will help bring The Ocean Cleanup into the next phase!” - Lonneke Holierhoek, COO


  • Build a body of knowledge in our organization on waste management in our operational locations
  • Use desk research, partners and site visits to learn about waste handling in countries that contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Continue developing strategy around responsible management of the waste we collect in our projects
  • Assist the operational rollout by ensuring the best local waste management is available for the waste from our operations
  • Initiate and connect external projects through our network to improve the recycling rates of the waste collected


  • 5 years of working experience in a role related to waste management, -handling, -research, -policy or similar
  • Relevant experience in project management
  • A degree (B.a/M.Sc) in a relevant field (environmental sciences, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering or civil engineering.)
  • Experience working in emerging markets (Asia, Central America, Africa)


  • You are a self-starter with an analytical approach to problem-solving
  • You have excellent communication and social skills including a strong cultural awareness and ability to communicate on all levels
  • You are curious and willing to travel abroad for site visits on a regular basis
  • You have a strong command of the English language, verbal and written
  • You are not afraid of a bit of a smelly work environment and dirty boots
  • You are intrinsically motivated to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal
Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union