• Interviews started
  • Closing date: 01 March 2023


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Protecting the environment is the main driver behind our work and our mission; therefore, ensuring biological and social factors are considered in the development of our technology is key to our success.

“Environmental management is crucial to guarantee the net positive impact of The Ocean Cleanup’s river operations on our planet. The work is truly multi-faceted, including legislation, engineering, and research. We are seeking a team member that will help identify and mitigate potential negative side-effects of our river projects, while ensuring this does not unnecessarily burden or slow down the cleanup activities, especially when we start to scale.” - Matthias Egger, Head of Environmental and Social Affairs


We are looking for an environmental manager who is responsible for managing environmental and social projects in a team atmosphere. Our activities span the globe, and the circumstances may vary for each continent, region, or ecosystem.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing subject matter expertise towards environmental and social (E&S) aspects in rivers and oceans projects to manage environmental and social concerns and maximize the benefits from our operations and technology, directly and indirectly
  • Act as the interface between our internal team of engineers and specialists, external partners/suppliers, and external environmental consultants to ensure proper completion of projects
  • Providing critical feedback on environmental and social impact assessments and associated reports provided by the external consultants
  • Travel to project locations as needed to meet with key local stakeholders, advise project teams, and to develop environmental and social scope of projects for external providers
  • Providing support to other environmental project leads as needed.


  • Minimum Master’s degree, PhD, or J.D. in environmental sciences (rivers, marine, or wildlife) ecology, or relevant natural sciences disciplines
  • 3-5 years of relevant working experience
  • Proven experience with developing and reviewing environmental and social impact assessments, management plans, and monitoring plans
  • Experience in supervising and coordinating work performed internationally by contractors, suppliers, and other external organizations
  • Experience in understanding and interpreting international and local environmental and social laws and regulations
  • Field work experience (applying experience in document reviews and developing scope for external providers)
  • Experience with environmental permitting process
  • Fluent in English
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, attorneys, and project managers
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office and proficiency in Microsoft Teams, Jira/Confluence, and/or Salesforce is a plus
  • Ability to make data-driven and team-based decisions
  • Experience interacting with external partners, government entities, and other stakeholders
  • Proven experience managing projects
  • Experience in risk assessment is a big plus


  • Self-starter
  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced, highly challenging, and dynamic work environment
  • Meticulous, detail-oriented, structured - but also flexible to transition to new tasks or scopes
  • Ability to work with different cultures
  • Team player, diplomatic, and able to take direction
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission
  • Have a sense of humor (or a tolerance for bad puns)

Assignment is in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This is not a remote position.

Please note: because we are a non-profit, our salaries reflect that of an organization fully reliant on donations rather than that of a commercial entity. Conducting a pre-employment check is part of our recruitment process.

Curious to hear how it is to work at The Ocean Cleanup? Listen to our team members explain their work in our podcast.

Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union

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