Jobs & Internships

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is currently accepting applications for:

Full Time Positions

Government & External Relations Manager

Position Summary
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is looking for a Government and External Relations Manager with strong leadership skills and experience in government relations, event coordination and communications, to join our hard-working 7-member team.  The Government and External Relations Manager will collaborate with Save the Harbor senior staff to lead, manage and coordinate critical aspects of Save the Harbor’s advocacy, outreach and communications in three areas:

  • Government Relations and Policy – Save the Harbor manages the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for the Massachusetts Legislature and convenes the Beaches Science Advisory Committee, working to improve water quality on King’s Beach in Lynn and Tenean Beach in Swampscott. The Manager will schedule, coordinate event logistics, and staff Commission hearings and Committee meetings, manage post-event materials and reports to the Commission and Committee, maintain working relationships with Commission and Committee members, and steward relationships with elected officials and community leaders. The Manager will maintain contact lists for local, state, and federal government officials and policy stakeholders and coordinate outreach to these groups about Save the Harbor events and priorities. The Manager will also assist the President with scheduling and preparing for meetings.
  • Partnerships – The Manager will be the primary point of contact for Save the Harbor’s public events, including all aspects of our Better Beaches Grant Program, Corporate Service Days, public hearings and community meetings. Responsibilities for the Better Beaches Program will include distributing the request for grant proposals, managing applications, and coordinating between grantees, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Save the Harbor’s Youth Program staff. The Manager will also work with the Vice President to schedule and staff corporate service days. The Manager will coordinate with the Director of Communications and Marketing Manager to plan press and social media coverage of relevant events.
  • External Relations and Recruitment – Save the Harbor maintains an ambitious and advocacy agenda on behalf of our region’s beaches and the youth, teens and families we work to connect to these valuable urban natural resources. Our model is based on a simple but critical lesson we have learned on the harbor, the beaches and the islands: The best way to build a committed constituency to help us “save the harbor” is to “share the harbor” with the region’s residents with free events and programs that connect them and their communities to the benefits of our $5 billion investment in the Boston Harbor cleanup. The Government and External Relations Manager will support this effort by representing the organization at external meetings and events, coordinating with Save the Harbor staff to cover external events, and staying current on the continued development of the Boston Harbor Waterfront properties and resources. The Manager will also work with the Vice President to manage our robust internships program, recruiting new members to our team on a quarterly basis in Environmental Policy, Communications, Operations and Development.
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned commensurate with experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A keen interest in key issues facing the city, the region, the nation and the marine environment.
  • Proven relationship building skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to support all departments within the organization
  • Excellent administrative, organizational, research, calendar management, computer, verbal, and written communications skills
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, public policy or political arenas, including government service and political campaigns
  • Strong initiative, problem solving and ability to prioritize without direct supervision
  • Proven ability to complete tasks in a timely manner under deadline pressure
  • Ability to enjoy the spectacular, urban natural resources in Boston Harbor, the Harbor Islands and our region’s public beaches.
  • Interest in being a part of a collaborative, fun, and hard-working office environment with a focus on open communication and enthusiasm for our mission.

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Save the Harbor is an ambitious organization that has enjoyed tremendous success and earned the regard and friendship of a broad based constituency. Since 1986 we have been the region’s leading voice for clean water and the completion of the $5 billion Boston Harbor Clean-Up, which has transformed Boston Harbor from one of the dirtiest harbors in the nation into a source of educational, recreational and economic opportunity for all Bostonians and the region’s residents.

Though clean water and environmental advocacy remain at the core of our mission, since 2001 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has increasingly focused our attention on finding new ways to connect the nearly one million residents who live within half an hour of the coast, with the harbor, the beaches, and the islands. Today, Save the Harbor:

  • Convenes and leads our Beaches Science Advisory Committee, which led the effort to transform the South Boston beaches into the cleanest urban beaches in America and is working to improve water quality at King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott and Tenean Beach in Dorchester.
  • Leads and manages the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for the Massachusetts Legislature, charged with improving the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket
  • Strengthens Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods and the region’s beachfront communities by hosting and sponsoring hundreds of free events and programs on public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket since 2008.
  • Is the Boston Harbor Connection for the region’s underserved and low-income youth and their families, with free Youth Environmental Education Programs that have introduced more than 230,000 underserved and low-income young people to the spectacular harbor we have worked so hard to restore and protect since 2002.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes 100% employer paid health and dental insurance, plus 401K and generous vacation time.

To apply for this position, please email your resume with a cover letter and writing sample to mancini@savetheharbor.org with the File Name and Subject Line “ExternalRelations_[LastName]”.

For more information about the organization, visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Senior Staff Assistant

Position Summary

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is looking for a Senior Staff Assistant to join our hard-working 7-member team and help coordinate essential aspects of our office and program operations, including database management, donor stewardship, vendor relationships, materials design and production, front desk staffing, and general office organization. The Senior Staff Assistant will work directly with the President, the Vice President of Operations & Programs and the Director of Strategy & Communications in the following areas:

• The Senior Staff Assistant is one of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s core staff positions and plays an essential role in pursuing our mission and goals. This position offers the unique opportunity to engage in every aspect of our mission-based non-profit’s work, supporting our advocacy and policy efforts, community outreach and programming.
• Office Operations – The Senior Staff Assistant is an essential part of our operations keeping our organization running smoothly and efficiently. This includes all aspects of office management including booking meetings, maintaining the organization’s calendar, front desk reception, generating invoices, managing vendor relationships, distributing press clips and news updates throughout the organization, maintaining general collateral supply and packets as well as office supply inventory and assisting staff on day to day needs.
• Donor Stewardship & Database Management – The Senior Staff Assistant plays a key role in Save the Harbor’s communication with and stewardship of our donors and sponsors. The Senior Staff Assistant works on the management and construction of donor mailing lists for annual appeals, thank you letters, event invitations. They will work closely with the President communicating with sponsors and tracking donations for our annual corporate gala. Senior Staff Assistant also manages our donor database, EveryAction, entering and updating records, maintaining code lists and pulling records and information for staff. • Material Design and Production – The Senior Staff Assistant also plays a lead role in the production and design of program and organization collateral materials including collages, program reports, event posters, flyers, newsletters and press clips. These materials are essential tools in our successful fundraising, advocacy and communications strategies.
• IT – The Senior Staff Assistant acts as in-office support, troubleshooting basic issues such as internet and server connectivity, phone systems, printer/copier maintenance, email account back end control, and working with our IT consultant on more advanced challenges.

Desired Qualifications:
• A keen interest in current events and the marine environment.
• Prior experience handling administrative responsibilities
• Familiarity and experience with Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRMs)
• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite,
• Familiarity with programs like WordPress and EveryAction
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Excellent administrative, organizational, research, calendar management, computer, verbal, and written communications skills
• Ability to represent Save the Harbor professionally and enthusiastically by phone and in person
• Strong initiative, problem solving and ability to prioritize without direct supervision
• Proven ability to complete tasks in a timely manner under deadline pressure

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
Save the Harbor is an ambitious organization that has enjoyed tremendous success and earned the regard and friendship of a broad based constituency. Since 1986 we have been the region’s leading voice for clean water and the completion of the $5 billion Boston Harbor Clean-Up, which has transformed Boston Harbor from one of the dirtiest harbors in the nation into a source of educational, recreational and economic opportunity for all Bostonians and the region’s residents.

Though clean water and environmental advocacy remain at the core of our mission, since 2001 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has increasingly focused our attention on finding new ways to connect the nearly one million residents who live within half an hour of the coast, with the harbor, the beaches, and the islands. Today, Save the Harbor:

• Convenes and leads our Beaches Science Advisory Committee, which led the effort to transform the South Boston beaches into the cleanest urban beaches in America and is working to improve water quality at King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott and Tenean Beach in Dorchester.
• Leads and manages the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for the Massachusetts Legislature, charged with improving the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches from Nahant on the North Shore to Nantasket on the South Shore.
• Strengthens Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods and the region’s beachfront communities by hosting and sponsoring 484 free Better Beaches events and programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket since 2008.
• Is the Boston Harbor Connection for the region’s underserved and low-income youth and their families, with free Youth Environmental Education Programs that have introduced more than 190,000 underserved and low-income young people to the spectacular harbor we have worked so hard to restore and protect since we began them in 2002.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes 100% employer paid health and dental insurance, plus 401K and generous vacation time. Save the Harbor is ideally located overlooking Boston Harbor on the Fish Pier, and our 7-person staff cultivates a collaborative, fun, but hard-working office environment with a focus on open-communication and enthusiasm for our mission.

To apply for this position, please email your resume and a cover letter to hr@savetheharbor.org.

For more information about the organization, visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Internship Positions
Fall Intern

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has several exciting and challenging internships for enthusiastic, well-organized, hard-working undergraduates, recent graduates, or graduate students who want to contribute to our mission to share the benefits of clean water with the region’s residents.

Save the Harbor is a dynamic and successful non-profit, public interest Boston Harbor advocacy organization made up of thousands of citizens as well as civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders and scientists.

For 30 years Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has led the effort to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, the waterfront, our region’s public beaches and the Boston Harbor Islands and reconnect and share these extraordinary urban environmental assets with all Bostonians and the region’s residents, especially underserved youth, teens and their families.

Internship

Save the Harbor has several outstanding internship opportunities for those seeking experience working in an environmental non-profit organization with a proven track record of success. Successful applicants will have a professional demeanor and the ability to work in busy office with changing priorities. Above all, the strongest candidates will have a can-do attitude and a sense of humor.

Through this program interns will learn about the work of a small, mission-based nonprofit. Interns will work directly with a staff member supporting their primary area of work and assignments will be made based on applicant interests and skill set. In addition to these primary responsibilities, interns are responsible for assisting with events, outreach and public inquiries. Interns will be asked to contribute to all areas of Save the Harbor’s work including communications, fundraising, operations, policy, and programming at some point. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

Operations

  • Printing event materials; assisting in mass mailings of solicitation letters, acknowledgments, and other materials; supporting the planning process for events; faxing and copying; assisting with acquisition, inventory, and restocking of office supplies.
  • Data entry; maintaining records in the database for events, appeals, foundation, individual and miscellaneous supporters to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.
  • Monitoring external events relevant to Save the Harbor’s mission and representing Save the Harbor at events when appropriate.

Development – Foundation and Corporate Giving

  • Identifying and researching new potential funders, updating and maintaining database and other records.
  • Assisting in writing grant proposals and following up with thank you letters to funders.
  • Assisting in compiling information about Save the Harbor’s programs and using this information to write reports, press releases, and components of grant proposals.

Events and Fundraising*

  • Help plan the annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash –including outreach to individuals and businesses to build participation and fundraising, promote raffle and costume contest, work with vendors to provide food and entertainment, culminating in the event itself, the cold-water plunge and beach party in South Boston in March.
  • Help plan and run our annual corporate gala, Destination Boston Harbor, which brings together over 400 of Boston’s corporate, civic, and community leaders in support of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s programs and mission. Jobs will include outreach to local businesses and development of auction packages which will bring in over $60,000, assistance in creation and distribution of event materials and day of event operations.
  • Help develop and create printed materials for programs.
  • *Note that these responsibilities are for events that take place in March. Preference will be given to applicants that can commit to work through March, even if those applicants start later in the fall semester.

Communications

  • Drafting press releases and blog posts
  • Maintaining media contact lists
  • Coordinate social media calendar and campaigns
  • Updating webpage and Facebook content
  • Taking photos and producing multimedia projects for Save the Harbor events and programs to be published on Save the Harbor’s website and social media channels.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date online newsroom and photo library
  • Developing online marketing and communications campaigns including publicity for community events

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, short writing sample, and resume to: patton@savetheharbor.org. Please feel free to call 617-451-2860 for more information.

Qualifications

  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Computer skills include Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Interest in non-profit organizations and the mission of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
  • Science background is not required, though an interest in science as it relates to the Boston Harbor and water quality is a must
  • Positive attitude and flexibility
  • Applicants interested in communication should additionally have experience with social media campaigns

Expectations

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay expects interns to commit 20-30 hours per week to the organization, with occasional evening and/or weekend events. We are flexible on scheduling around classes and other such obligations.

Compensation

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay does not provide stipends for internships, but will work closely with students to see that the internship meets credit requirements. You need not be a student to apply.