Monday, December 14, 2020

Back for the winter harbor breeze

Hello again, 

It's been a while, I know you guys wouldn't usually hear from me in the winter. I know we have our weekly check-ins during the summer when I'm working as a JPA at Save the Harbor. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take on a position that I didn't think I would be taking on until later in life as a winter programming intern! Isn't that insane who would have thought. However, if you still don't know me even after two years! I'm definitely hurt but I'll give you a quick overview so pay attention because I'm going to be making tons of blogs this winter. My name is Dhenia Hope Mercier but you can call me Dee because we are friends. I'm attending South Shore Christian Academy, remember the school switch is to jog back your memory, if not I'll keep going. I'm in 11th grade now and I have only one word for it, stressful but I usually occupy myself with sports like soccer and track. I am currently writing up a proposal for a diversity council in my school. I've also started looking at colleges and career paths. I'm looking towards the business route so stay tuned for that. 

     Alright, I know you love hearing about me and what I do, but I want to switch gears and talk more about my involvement in Save the Harbor. I have been here for two years, and have grown so much as an individual. For one I don't get lost as much and know my way around the city more than I did when I started. Well, I mean, I still get lost, I miss a train stop, or I need a Bridget to pick me up from JFK from time to time, but that's beside the point. The point is I have some history with this place and I definitely have my favorite parts of the organization. But I think my favorite part about Save the Harbor is learning so much about the Boston area and the harbor that when I'm with friends or family all the info grilled into my brain from David's harbor tours makes me look like a genius. 

But with this new experience, I'm really excited to get a new feel and to be put in a role where I'm directly impacting the outreach of the organization. I can't wait to see where this takes me.

See ya next week,


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Back for Round 2!

Hey y'all!

I'm McRae, a first-year JPA turned winter programming intern. I'm currently a senior at the O'Bryant in Roxbury, struggling through waiting for Early Action decisions and applying to regular decision schools. I want to go to college to study Animal Sciences with the intention of eventually becoming a small animal veterinarian, but for now I still have to overcome senioritis and try to manage to learn anything online. While we're completely online for now and can't do anything in person, I usually play soccer and basketball for our school teams. Luckily, I'm still able to dance outside of school. Other than that, I spend most of my time doing schoolwork, catching up with my friends, or badly attempting to do both at the same time.

My "senior picture" (my school doesn't actually do senior pictures)

Summer 2020 was my first summer working for Save the Harbor, so I'm still pretty new here. It was an interesting year for me to start working in, to say the least. But despite social distancing and not being able to meet with many people in person, I loved being able to bond with my work group (let's go Team Claudia/Boston Harbor Goonies). Plus, being able to do 90% of your work on a beach is much more fun than sitting at home on a computer all day. Even though winter will definitely be a lot of sitting at my computer, I'm still looking forward to getting to know some new people from Save the Harbor and working to reconnect (safely, virtually) with the entire summer staff. I'm also excited to learn more about the technical side of Save the Harbor, working on social media posts and educational content on my own. And of course, I'm excited to have an actual job because my college textbooks aren't going to pay for themselves.

My summer group at Spectacle Island

Peace out y'all :)

A little different this time...


Hi guys I am back! If you don't know already, I am T'Nysha or Ty from Dorchester. I am a senior at Waldorf High school in Belmont. 

Next year, I am hoping to study Psychology with the hopes of becoming an ABA therapist or study Marine Biology. They are two very different career paths, but I am passionate about them both. I love painting, knitting, acting, photography, film making and binge watching Netflix shows - ( if you have any good recommendations let me know!) I am the oldest of 2 siblings, a brother and a sister. I have four very loud parakeets and one turtle. I am so very goofy and I have a big heart, so I love to make people's day better by doing the little things. 

This past summer I was part of the STH staff for my first year. I am looking forward to working for the winter internship and continuing my journey at STH. My favorite part about working with the Save the Harbor crew is the community. I love the fact that this job has a diverse, welcoming, and fun atmosphere. I enjoyed coming to work everyday because it did not feel like just another job. I hope to further my skills I learned from the summer and continuing to develop new skills that will help me in my future career. 

Well that's all from me now! Sea ya on the shore, 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Environmental Policy Internship



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.  Save the Harbor led the effort to create the Boston Harbor Islands National Park and transformed South Boston’s beaches into the cleanest urban beaches in America. None of this would be possible without dedicated community members, partners, full time staff, and interns. We are seeking interns who are passionate about conservation, environmental advocacy, nonprofit management, and community programming.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is seeking an Environmental Policy Intern to assist in the advancement of our mission.  This position is for high energy and self-motivated individual with an interest in political science and environmental policy. Under the direction of the Executive Director and the Director of Strategy & Communications, the Environmental Policy Intern will be working on a variety of projects focused on environmental sustainability, water quality, and public access to Boston Harbor and the waterfront.


Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

·       Data Analysis and Interpretation: Gather, interpret, summarize, and communicate water quality data as it relates to recreation activities such as fishing, boating, and swimming

·       Policy and Communication: Organize information on a number of projects that Save the Harbor/Save the Bay can present at local and regional meetings. Prepare memos and emails that explain new water use policies and proposals to local organizations and officials.

·       Research current policy issues, preserve and organize newspaper clips, prepare policy related mailings and emails.

·       Monitoring external events relevant to Save the Harbor’s mission and representing Save the Harbor at events when appropriate.   

·       Attending and supporting Save the Harbor/Save the Bay events. 


Skills & Knowledge Desired - Minimum Entrance Requirements:

·       Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal skills required

·       Attention to detail and accuracy

·       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

·       Dependability and flexibility

·       Ability to exercise good judgment and work on multiple projects simultaneously, while maintaining attention to detail required.

·       Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Mandarin and/or Cape Verdean Creole preferred, but not required.


Work Environment & Physical Demands

This internship will be remote.


·       Part-time year-round opportunity based on work performance.

·       Start Date: January 2021

·       Hours: at least 12 hours per week

 We are flexible on scheduling around classes and other such obligations.


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.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to with Environmental Policy Intern in the subject line. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals.