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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  • August 23, 2023 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Western Wildlife Corridor

    About the opportunity:

    What’s our Habitat Restoration all about? It’s one of the most important things we do! If you’ve never done one of these before, we encourage you to join us, as it doesn’t require any special skills. No registration is necessary, but please contact a project leader to make sure it hasn’t been cancelled. 

    The following are upcoming Habitat Restoration Projects and the leaders to contact for more information. All projects start at 9:30 am unless specified.

    September 2-Delshire Nature Preserve. Molly 973-342-7921 or Jeff, 513-600-7420.

    October 7-Bender Mountain Trail Work. John 513-304-2310.

    October 14-Shady Lane Preserve. Ed 513-919-5186 or John 513-304-2310.

    November 4. Whitetail Woods. Gary 513-304-4303 or Tim 513-922-2104.

    November 11-Bender Mountain Trail Work. John 513-304-2310.

    November 18-Buckeye Trace. Gary 513-304-4303 or Tim 513-922-2104.

    More information can be found here.

  • August 22, 2023 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    About the opportunity:

    Public Lands Day of Service

    September 9, 2023

    10:00am -12:00pm

    Join staff and volunteers as we clear and improve one of Caldwell’s Trails. Projects include invasive removal, clearing trails, repairing erosion areas. Bring work gloves if you have them, wear closed-toed shoes.

    For more information call 513-761-4313 or email olivia.canada@cincinnati-oh.gov

    Caldwell Nature Preserve

    430 W North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45216

    More information can be found here.

  • August 22, 2023 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

    About the opportunity:

    Join the Mill Creek Alliance (MCA) A-Team for a work party removing trash, honeysuckle and other invasive plants along the Mill Creek.

    Many tools and supplies will be provided but you are welcome to bring:

    - PPE: long sleeves, long pants, hat, protective eyewear, sunscreen, work gloves, etc

    - Loppers, handsaws, and other labeled personal tools

    - Refillable water bottle and snacks

    ​MCA will have protective gloves and possibly eyewear, water to refill bottles, and individually wrapped snacks, but you may bring your own personal items as well. You must wear closed-toed shoes.

    Inclement weather cancels the event.

    Details for gatherings will be provided to registered participants before the event. Please don't hesitate to contact Bennett Kottler for more event details (bkottler@themillcreekalliance.org).

    More information can be found here.

  • August 18, 2023 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of the Little Miami State Park

    About the opportunity:

    Here are some recent projects of our active FLMSP volunteers.

    Above, the Thursday Work Crew installs a natural walkway from the trail to the train station in Morrow. The new trees stay healthy in hot weather with water bladders.

    Below left, a volunteer fills in a dangerous hole north of the Fosters parking lot with stone. This abandoned catch basin had claimed multiple cars and walkers heading out onto the trail. Below right, a new Fence Crew volunteer gets instruction on installing a top rail.

    FLMSP has no paid staff—we are all volunteers, and we hope you will join us. Everyone is welcome; every effort helps. Work on your own or with a group. We’ll provide the tools, supplies and training. The amount of time you devote is always your decision, and your work will always be sincerely appreciated.

    More information can be found here.

  • August 18, 2023 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Butler Soil and Water Conservation District

    About this opportunity:

    Join us to see who can find the weirdest garbage along the Great Miami River and it's tributaries! The Clean Sweep is an annual volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of the Great Miami River. It's a day for your families, neighbors, community, and friends to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers.

    Please register through constant contact in order for our site coordinators to receive a head count for their location. This will also help us make sure we have enough tshirts, gloves, etc at each site. 

    More information can be found here.

  • August 18, 2023 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    About the opportunity:

    There are two community garden workday opportunities:

    Saturday, August 26, 9-11:30am: Spring Grove Community Garden Workday

    Sunday, September 17, 10am-12pm: Pendleton Children's Garden Workday

    More information can be found at the links above.

  • August 18, 2023 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    About the opportunity:

    Help us put on an awesome Fall Native Plant Festival on September 9, 2023!

    We need your help to ensure our first-ever Fall Native Plant Festival runs smoothly. Each role has two shifts: AM (8:30am to 12:30pm) and PM (12pm to 4pm).

    What role appeals most to you?

    PLANT CHECK-OUT: Along our outside vendors, the CGC will be selling plants we've been growing ourselves! Since each vendor is handling their own payment, we need help running check-out at our booth. Responsibilities will include checking the prices listed on people's plants, tallying totals and processing payments. (It will by no means be as hectic as our spring Plant Sale check-out because the CGC is only one booth of many!). If you like numbers and math, this is the spot for you. Training will be provided.

    PLANT CHECK ATTENDANT: New this year! It's like coat check, but for plants. Because we want people to be able to check out other vendors, attend a talk or grab some food, we'll be offering the option to drop purchased plants off at Plant Check. This role will require you to maintain our system of organizing plants and keep a log of which plants are whose. If you enjoy systems and organizing, this is the job for you! Training will be provided.

    GREETER: It's important that everyone who walks onto our grounds during the festival feels welcome and wants to stay! Greeters will be responsible for handing out event guide brochures that include a map of activities and schedule of events. They'll also help give directions as to where and when things are happening and encourage people to utilize our Plant Check and head over to educational sessions when it's time. If you're outgoing and willing to help direct people, this is the job for you! Training will be provided.

    FLOATER: Willing to go wherever you're needed? The Floater position is a catch-all. You may help us run carts from check-out back to the plant area, then encourage people to check out the talks, then help us empty trash cans! If you have a can-do attitude and are willing to be flexible, this is the job for you! Training will be provided.

    INFORMATION: Since this is a new event for the CGC, we expect to see many new faces who may have questions! Volunteers in this role will help answer those questions, direct people how to get around or where the next event will be, etc. If you're outgoing and willing to help direct, this is the job for you! Training will be provided.

    FOOD AND BEVERAGE: The festival will include a beer garden and refreshment station, so we'll need people to help fill orders, process payments and provide excellent customer service. Since we'll be serving alcohol, volunteers in this role must be 21+. Training will be provided.

    KIDS ACTIVITIES: We'll have activities for kids available from 9am to 2:30pm. Want to help ensure these run smoothly? This is the role for you.

    What happens after you sign up?

    Depending on the role you select, be on the lookout for a follow-up email or phone call with more training information regarding your position.

    On the day of the festival (September 9), check-in will be inside the Green Learning Station. Kaela Khan, our Program Associate, will be there to check you in and get you settled into your position. All volunteers will have access to our hospitality station.

    Thank you for helping us make the Fall Native Plant Festival a success!

    More information can be found here.

  • August 18, 2023 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    About this opportunity:

    Come out and help clean up the litter that accumulates around illegal dump sites. In an attempt to mitigate the amount of illegal dumping in the city we are cleaning up hotspots to make them less appealing to people looking to dump trash. Gloves, litter sticks, and trash bags supplied. Please wear closed toe shoes. Event dependent on weather.

    More information can be found here.

  • July 25, 2023 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    About the opportunity:

    Want to help out with projects at Hauck Botanic Gardens? Here are the upcoming opportunities:

    Saturday, July 29, 9 to 11:30am

    Friday, August 4, 9 to 11:30am

    Friday, August 11, 9 to 11:30am

    More information can be found here.

  • July 25, 2023 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Western Wildlife Corridor

    About the opportunity:

    Thursday July 27 9:30am

    How about helping with a project at the Kirby Preserve Thursday? We’ll be helping John Klein clear a couple of fallen trees from the Terrapin Trail then we’ll make some repairs to the trail.

    We’ll meet at the Kirby Preserve at 2 Main Street in Addyston. To get there from north and east of Addyston, go west on Cleves Warsaw into Addyston, where the name changes to Main Street. Continue past South Road – there is a storage building on the corner on the right, then a stone wall with an opening for a driveway flanked by large stone pillars. Turn in the driveway - this is it!

    If you are coming from the west or are close to Route 50, take 50 into Addyston and turn onto Dinning Lane, the small connector street opposite Ineos. Go right on Main, go past First and Second Streets and continue up the hill then down the next slope. You will see the stone walls and opening with the large pillars on your left (this is it again). If you get to South Road, you just passed it.

    Please call me at 513 607 2599 for additional information.

    BTW, please enter your time in Welcomers when you help at one of our projects. 

    More information can be found here.

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