Volunteer Opportunities

Please see the list below for current volunteer opportunities with our member organizations. If you are a Green Umbrella member and would like to submit a volunteer posting, please send it to greennews@greenumbrella.org.
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  • September 08, 2022 8:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Boone County Arboretum

    About this opportunity:

    Food Prep Volunteers needed to prepare and serve fruit for our annual pawpaw cultivation and tasting program.

    Volunteers will cut fruit, place fruit on tables, and serve ice cream

    Date: 09/08/2022 (Thu.)

    Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

    Location: Boone County Extension Enrichment Center 1824 Patrick Dr., Burlington, KY 41005

  • September 06, 2022 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    About this opportunity:

    Volunteer facilitators are needed for Civic Garden Center’s Compost Kids field trip for students in grades K – 6. Facilitators lead one of the field trip stations on composting, nature exploration, pollinators or herb gardening and planting seeds. The field trip is 2.5 hrs long and volunteers are asked to arrive 30 minutes before the field trip begins to help set up.

    We will offer the field trip once a week in September and October on Tuesday mornings- September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18, 25. We expect that schools will book to arrive between 9 – 10 am and then finish up between 11:30 – 12:30 pm.

    An ideal volunteer would be available for multiple dates but you do not need to help with all the field trips. Our volunteer facilitator training is on August 30th from 10 am – 12 pm. Background checks are required. Please reach out to Ellie Falk, Youth Education Coordinator, efalk@civicgardencenter.org to RSVP to the training or if you have any questions.

  • August 07, 2022 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio River Foundation

    About these opportunities:

    Kingswood Park habitat restoration

    September 11, 2022 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    October 2, 2022 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    October 9, 2022 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    November 5, 2022 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Join us as we remove harmful invasive honeysuckle and callery pear. Volunteers will hand saw/trim small plants and trees and help drag them to the chipper area. Volunteers should be prepared for the weather in durable, layered clothing, long pants, long sleeves, hat, sunglasses and work gloves. Please wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. For more information, email Jessica Tegge at jtegge@ohioriverfdn.org or call/text (513) 289-6884.

    Directions: Please park in the pavilion lot, follow the bike path across Innovation Way and follow the arrows to the work site.

    Alms Park habitat restoration

    September 11, 2022 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    September 24, 2022 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    October 22, 2022 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Work with Cincinnati Parks staff and members of the Alms Park Advisory Council (Alms Park Allies) to remove invasive species in an effort to restore our native forest understory. Volunteers will use hand saws and loppers to cut Amur honeysuckle bushes and porcelain Vine. Volunteers will also work behind chainsaw operators to drag cut honeysuckle to a chipper or to lay on the forest floor.

    Volunteers should be prepared with clothing appropriate for the weather. Face covering, gloves and a refillable water bottle are suggested. Parks will supply tools and equipment, but if you prefer to use your own hand tool, please bring it! For more details or questions feel free to contact Christyl, christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov, or text or call 513.240.5735

    Registration is mandatory and can be completed at: http://bttr.im/dhidh

    Summit Park Habitat Restoration

    July 24, 2022 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    August 7, 2022 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    November 12, 2022 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Location: Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road Blue Ash, OH 45242)

    Join us as we remove harmful invasive plants from Summit Park’s natural areas!

    Volunteers should expect to hand saw, trim, or pull trees, small plants, and/or vines and help drag them to the chipper area. Be prepared for the weather in durable, layered clothing, long pants, long sleeves, hat, sunglasses and work gloves. Please wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Volunteers under 18 years of age are required to bring additional forms which can be obtained via email registration.

    Contact: For more information and to register, email Jessica Tegge at jtegge@ohioriverfdn.org or call/text (513) 289-6884.



  • August 05, 2022 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Observatory

    About this opportunity:

    Volunteers Wanted

    Would you like to help support the nation’s oldest public observatory? The Cincinnati Observatory is looking for new volunteers to lead and assist with astronomy and history programming for the public. Volunteers will be trained on how to use a variety of telescopes as well as how to give tours of the historic buildings.

    We are especially looking for volunteers with an interest in learning more about astronomy and presenting astronomy topics to beginners. This is a unique opportunity to learn as you volunteer at a fully functioning 19th century observatory whose mission is to educate, engage and inspire visitors of the science of astronomy.

    Requirements:

    • Comfortable with public speaking to groups of all ages
    • Interest or expertise in history, astronomy or the sciences preferred
    • Experience working with telescopes preferred
    • Complete an online background check

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with special nighttime and weekend events at the Observatory
    • Learn to give historic tours of the Observatory and its telescopes
    • Learn to use a variety of telescopes

    Working for the Observatory means being part of a small, dynamic team that has a big impact serving approximately 30,000 people per year, and is passionate about inspiring a love of astronomy, science and local history in the community.

    We hope you’ll join us! Scheduling will be based on your availability.

    If interested, or you have questions, please email:

    Dean Regas Astronomer, Cincinnati Observatory

    dean@cincinnatiobservatory.org

    More information can be found here.

  • July 21, 2022 12:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Green Umbrella


    Great Outdoor Weekend is an annual outdoor events sampler across 10 counties in the Greater Cincinnati region, presented by Green Umbrella.

    The event presents opportunities for children and adults of all ages, communities, and backgrounds to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature programs available. Over 100 activities, hosted by dozens of organizations, are all FREE and open to the public.

    We are seeking volunteers to serve as Great Outdoor Weekend Ambassadors!

    Ambassadors will attend a minimum of 2 events during Great Outdoor Weekend to:

    • capture photos
    • encourage attendees to tag us on social media 
    • and encourage attendees to take our online event survey

    Please contact events@greenumbrella.org

  • July 13, 2022 8:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Conservation District 

    About this opportunity:

    What: The Clean Sweep is an annual volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Great Miami River. Each year, many partners and hundreds of volunteers come together to clean up the Great Miami River at sites from the Ohio River to Indian Lake north of Dayton. We are hosting a cleanup site in Colerain Township and are looking for volunteers! Volunteers receive a t-shirt, and lunch provided by Southwestern Ohio Water Company.

    When: Saturday, September 17th, 9-12.

    Where: Heritage Park, 11405 E Miami River Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45252

    More information and registration can be found here.

  • June 28, 2022 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Our Harvest 

    About this opportunity:

    Saturday, July 23, 2022

    9:00 AM 12:00 PM

    bahr farm

    969 West North Bend Rd. Cincinnati 

  • June 21, 2022 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: The Common Orchard Project

    About this opportunity:

    Volunteer Reports to: Community Empowerment Coordinator

    Job Location: Camp Washington Urban Farm

    Time Commitment: ~1.5 hours a week, seasonal needs.

    How this Position Supports Common Orchard:

    We are looking for more volunteers to join us in growing food and community in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. The Common Orchard Project works to install and maintain hundreds of small orchard plantings across Greater Cincinnati and grows “commonly held” resources by educating communities on fresh food and urban land management. These common orchards provide increased food access, tree canopy, walkable greenspace and community building in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment.

    A fruit tree and perennial plant nursery that serves as the homebase for regional orchard support has been developed at the Camp Washington Urban Farm. The Nursery Team ensures that we have the appropriate varieties of fruit trees available that will thrive in our area as well as maintains the 25+ species of herbaceous plants and berries. The trees grown at Camp Washington are used in the installation of new community orchards.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Potting up trees, shrubs, and medicinal plants
    • Labeling
    • Pruning and Fruit thinning
    • Pest identification, prevention, and removal
    • Mulching
    • Watering
    • Weeding
    • Seasonal plant protection
    • Mowing
    • Walking over uneven terrain (at times for most if not all of the work day)
    • Perform duties outdoors throughout multiple seasons
    • Be flexible in communication (The work of some days may shift due to weather)
    • Training & Supervision will be provided for maximum health and safety.

    All volunteers, whether volunteering for ongoing, short-term or “one off” roles, undergo onboarding that provides all the information appropriate to their role to help them understand the work of The Common Orchard Project and fulfill their role. Onboarding arrangements vary according to the service and the nature of the voluntary activity to be undertaken. Where possible, volunteers are offered additional training to enable them to fulfill their voluntary role more effectively.

    To become a valued contributor within the support of food sovereignty in Cincinnati by way of plant nursery care, please contact this email: commonorchard@greenumbrella.org.

    After this, you will be able to set up an initial volunteer orientation and to sign up to receive volunteer communication, or if you have any other questions.

  • June 21, 2022 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: The Common Orchard Project

    About this opportunity:

    Volunteer Reports to: Community Empowerment Coordinator

    Job Location: Camp Washington Urban Farm, 3220 Colerain Ave

    Time Commitment: Weekly sessions with team members

    (Monthly session for a larger project)

    How this Position Supports Common Orchard:

    We are looking for more volunteers to join us in growing food and community in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. The Common Orchard Project works to install and maintain hundreds of small orchard plantings across Greater Cincinnati and grows “commonly held” resources by educating communities on fresh food and urban land management. These common orchards provide increased food access, tree canopy, walkable greenspace and community building in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment.

    The Farm Rehabilitation Team is rebuilding a safe functional space at Camp Washington Urban Farm. As we prepare to plant the farm in perennial food, demonstration orchards, nursery fruit trees and other programs, we have a need to get the farm back on track after years of less than ideal maintenance. This enables us to be a hub for all public orchard needs in Cincinnati and be a productive demonstration site for perennial food production in the area.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Mowing
    • Weeding
    • Clearing invasive species
    • Removing trash and debris
    • Organizing tools and materials
    • Mulching & Tarping
    • General farm duties
    • Lifting up to 40 pounds
    • Walking over uneven terrain (at times for most if not all of the work day)
    • Perform duties outdoors throughout multiple seasons
    • Be flexible in communication (The work of some days may shift due to weather)
    • Training & Supervision will be provided for maximum health and safety.

    All volunteers, whether volunteering for ongoing, short-term or “one off” roles, undergo onboarding that provides all the information appropriate to their role to help them understand the work of The Common Orchard Project and fulfill their role. Onboarding arrangements vary according to the service and the nature of the voluntary activity to be undertaken. Where possible, volunteers are offered additional training to enable them to fulfill their voluntary role more effectively.

    To become a valued contributor within the support of food sovereignty in Cincinnati by way of farm rehabilitation, please contact this email: commonorchard@greenumbrella.org.

    After this, you will be able to set up an initial volunteer orientation and to sign up to receive volunteer communication, or if you have any other questions.

  • June 21, 2022 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: The Common Orchard Project

    About this opportunity:

    Volunteer Reports to: Community Empowerment Coordinator

    Job Location: New Installation Sites around the Cincinnati Region

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per installation

    (October - Early December and March-May)

    How this Position Supports Common Orchard:

    We are looking for more volunteers to join us in growing food and community in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. The Common Orchard Project works to install and maintain hundreds of small orchard plantings across Greater Cincinnati and grows “commonly held” resources by educating communities on fresh food and urban land management. These common orchards provide increased food access, tree canopy, walkable greenspace and community building in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment.

    The Orchard Installation Team will perform a variety of tasks at the Camp Washington Urban Farm and new installation sites across Cincinnati. Primarily this looks like planting fruit trees with communities seeking to grow public food with their neighbors or to donate to communities in need. The Orchard Installation Team provides direct access to food by installing fruit trees and shrubs in accessible locations to better assist and address the needs of our community.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Help build an orchard with a neighbors and other volunteers for 2-3 hours
    • Plant Material and Tool Load Up
    • Sod Removal & Tree Hole Digging
    • Soil Amendment
    • Tree placement
    • Mulching
    • Watering
    • Lifting up to 40 pounds
    • Walking over uneven terrain (at times for most if not all of the work day)
    • Perform duties outdoors throughout multiple seasons
    • Be flexible in communication (The work of some days may shift due to weather)
    • Training & Supervision will be provided for maximum health and safety.

    All volunteers, whether volunteering for ongoing, short-term or “one off” roles, undergo onboarding that provides all the information appropriate to their role to help them understand the work of The Common Orchard Project and fulfill their role. Onboarding arrangements vary according to the service and the nature of the voluntary activity to be undertaken. Where possible, volunteers are offered additional training to enable them to fulfill their voluntary role more effectively.

    To become a valued contributor within the support of food sovereignty in Cincinnati by way of orchard building, please contact this email: commonorchard@greenumbrella.org.

    After this, you will be able to set up an initial volunteer orientation and to sign up to receive volunteer communication, or if you have any other questions.

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