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Volunteer – Flora and Fauna Monitoring

The Ocean Cleanup


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Join the frontline of environmental innovation with The Ocean Cleanup's mission to restore our oceans


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At The Ocean Cleanup, our core mission is to develop advanced solutions to eliminate plastic pollution from the oceans and rivers. We focus on removing existing waste and preventing new pollution with cutting-edge technologies. We're on a thrilling journey to make a genuine difference for our planet, and we're looking for passionate individuals to join our efforts in Thailand.

Role Summary:

  • Work alongside an international team dedicated to preserving marine life.
  • Participate in environmental monitoring in Thailand's urban rivers.
  • Collect and analyze data on wildlife interactions with our cleanup technologies.
  • Conduct thorough fauna and flora surveys in the Chao Phraya River.
  • Document and report on environmental findings to support scientific research.

Role Requirements:

  • Academic background in biology, environmental sciences, or related fields.
  • Experience with fauna and flora surveys and species identification.
  • Strong motivation for environmental conservation.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and challenging environment.
  • Detail-oriented with a structured approach to tasks.
  • Excellent team player with good communication skills in English.

The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. We do this with a dual strategy: cleaning up legacy plastic in the oceans, while intercepting plastic in the world's most polluting rivers. In our river projects, we want to ensure our interception technologies provide maximum benefit for the environment. To achieve this, we perform environmental monitoring to assess and quantify environmental risks and benefits. You will support our mission by collecting critical data on fauna and flora species in an urban river in Thailand and recording their interactions with our cleanup technology.   
“Help us achieve our mission of clean oceans and maximize our benefits to the environment by quantifying and characterizing interactions between wildlife and our river interception systems.” - Dr. Gabriela Alvarez, senior Environmental Manager at The Ocean Cleanup.  

The volunteer will work together with the Environmental and Social Affairs team at The Ocean Cleanup, Southeast Asian researchers, and the local operator of the Interceptor.  

  • Conduct fauna & flora observations around the Interceptor Original deployment location in the Chao Phraya River and document the sightings for scientific research 
  • Identify the flora and fauna species observed in the river.
  • Collect data of incidental catch  (e.g flora and fauna that is unintentionally collected by the Interceptor).
  • Identify the species in our incidental catch  and calculate their proportions versus the total waste collected.
  • Report periodically on the collected and analyzed data.
  • Verify the presence or absence of the fauna species described in a previous Environmental Impact Assessment.


  • Academic background in fields related to biology, environmental sciences, river and/or marine science 
  • Work experience in fauna and flora surveys/inventories and identification


  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission
  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment 
  • Meticulous, detail-oriented, structured 
  • Team player, diplomatic  
  • English proficiency (writing and speaking)

Starting date: As soon as possible;  
Location : The role is based in Bangkok, Thailand. We do not offer a relocation package.  
Length of assignment: Flexible. We are looking for someone available for 10-20 days, either in a row or scattered across a few weeks.  

Please note: this an unpaid, volunteer position 

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


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