Monday, January 29, 2018

We're Hiring! Youth Program Staff: Senior Harbor Educator

2018 Youth Environmental Education Programs

Do you have experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring youth and teens? Do you have a background or strong interest in marine science, environmental studies, fishing, history, art, music, sports, or education? Would you like to spend your summer on the water, sharing Boston Harbor with Boston's youth and teens as part of a fun, dedicated, and talented staff? Then we have the perfect summer job for you.

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay:

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a non-profit public interest harbor advocacy organization. We are made up of thousands of citizens, as well as scientists, and civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders whose mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.


If you love the water and working with young people, this is a unique and challenging opportunity to have fun while making a difference in the lives of thousands of youth from around the City of Boston. Come spend a summer outside on the shores and docks of Boston Harbor— educating youth and teens, spreading your love of the water and the environment, and sharing your outgoing personality with the youth of the Greater Boston region!

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay runs two hands-on environmental education programs on Boston Harbor that served 31,451 youth in 2017—at no cost to the participants. We work in partnership with Boston's youth sailing and recreation centers, as well as Camp Harbor View on Long Island and The Boston Children's Museum, to educate their summer staff and young participants about the urban marine environment. We also run a series of educational boat trips to the Boston Harbor Islands where youth participants can take part in hands-on recreational and educational activities on Georges Island or Spectacle Island.

Senior Harbor Educators (SHEs) are responsible for implementing engaging, active, and hands-on lessons from our Boston Harbor Curriculum featuring fishing, lobstering, crabbing, water quality tests, and guided shoreline walks. SHEs also lead art on the shore projects, storytelling by the sea, and other enrichment activities at youth program sites, and at occasional evening and weekend beach events. SHEs may also lead healthy outdoor activities such as beach soccer, kickball, volleyball, and more. SHEs work with a team of one college-age Lead Harbor Explorer (LHE) and several high school age Junior Program Assistants (JPAs). Senior Harbor Educators supervise and mentor LHEs, who in turn assist the SHE in leading programs and supervising and mentoring the JPAs, helping to ensure their success in all job tasks including biweekly blog posts completed by all members of the summer program staff.

Program participants range in age from 7-17, and come from every neighborhood in Boston with a strong emphasis on low-income communities and underserved youth.


Full time seasonal: Last week of June through end of August (Specific dates TBA). This is a paid seasonal position without benefits.


  • Read and learn our STEAM and Humanities based Boston Harbor Curriculum to implement it with confidence and creativity 
  • Lead daily programs on the water, the beaches, and the piers and docks of Boston Harbor
  • Educate youth about the ecology of Boston Harbor, and inspire a sense of Harbor stewardship
  • Supervise and mentor high school age Junior Program Assistants and college-age Lead Harbor Explorers 
  • Work with Program Assistants to ensure their successful completion of biweekly blog posts
  • Lead programming at occasional after-work or weekend beach events

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with children, preferably in a school, summer camp, or coaching environment
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, comfortable speaking in public, and confident in leadership roles
  • Flexible, creative, spontaneous, and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Comfortable around water and getting your hands dirty (baiting fishing hooks, handling marine life, and hands-on exploration of the Harbor environment are regular activities)
  • Background and interest in marine biology, environmental science, maritime history, or related field preferred
  • Experience mentoring youth and teens preferred
  • Interest in art/music or sports a plus
  • Experience with and interest in fishing a plus
  • Interest in and experience with storytelling and/or the performing arts a plus
  • Bilingual skills a plus
  • ELL/ESL teaching experience a plus

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Amy Gaylord at

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