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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  • April 21, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Celebrate Earth Day by helping us do something awesome for the earth! Rollup your sleeves and help make YOUR parks more beautiful. Assist Cincinnati Parks staff on projects such as invasive species removal, trail maintenance and more. Get a FREE workout without having to pay a gym membership!

    When: April 21st 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Where: California Woods Nature Preserve Cincinnati, OH 45230Meet at the MarianJ. and Charles D. Lindberg Nature Center. 

    To register for this volunteer opportunity, please call 231-8678 or email gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov. Registration is appreciated before 4/19. 

    For more information click here. 

  • March 23, 2018 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    It couldn’t come at a better time following the aftermath of the recent flooding in the Cincinnati area. Great Parks is in need of volunteers to help with the annual Winton Woods Cleanup on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Families, friends, schools, companies and organizations are invited to help make a difference by removing debris and litter left behind along the shores of Winton Lake. After a day of work, volunteers will get to enjoy a grilled lunch and raffle giveaways.

    The event is free and volunteers are asked to register at https://www.greatparks.org/get-involved/volunteer by April 13. Day of registration is also welcome. Gardening gloves and sturdy shoes are highly suggested. Dress for the weather. 

    Location: Volunteers will meet at Kestrel Point Picnic Shelter in Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati.

  • March 21, 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship

    Join Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship in their tree bagging event. Help bag 5,100 Bald Cypress trees with the Federated Garden Clubs and distribute them to the Public Libraries.

    When: March 21, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Where: Blue Ash Distributing Warehouse, 11013 Kenwood Rd.

  • March 20, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

    Help in planting 700 trees in the riverbank! These trees will provide shade and habitat for fish and other wildlife, stabilize the eroding riverbanks, reduce sediment pollution, and take up pollution from the water and air.

    We will be planting approximately 700 “live stakes” (tree cuttings) into eroded banks of the Great Miami River.  This work will be done from within the river channel.  There will be opportunities to plant from canoes or the access the banks overland.  Plan to get your feet wet! 

    This event will take place Saturday, April 28, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. A follow up event will be held  which will also serve as the rain date should the March 24 event need to be cancelled due to unsuitable conditions.

    Adults & Teenagers accompanied by a parent/guardian (ages 15+).  Please register here to insure we have the correct size tee-shirt and lunch provided for you.  You will also be asked if you prefer to access the river by canoe or overland.  Canoes provided by Rivers Unlimited (Volunteer owned canoes/kayaks welcome)!

    Meet at Heritage Park in Colerain Township (groups will disperse to planting site from there).

  • March 13, 2018 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of the Little Miami State Park

    A volunteer is needed to consistently empty the trash can at Little Miami State Park the Grandin Road trail parking lot. This needs to be done about twice a month in the summer, less in the winter. THANK YOU to Haley Rapoport who has been faithfully “taking out the trash” at this location to keep our trail and parking area clean. 

    If you can take over this responsibility, please contact Don at dhahnj@gmail.com.

  • March 10, 2018 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Imago

    Getting excited for spring?! Spend a fun Saturday morning at Imago and give back to nature, by getting our trails and gardens ready for spring and summer. We’ll be joined by our friends from REI. We’ll have projects for people of varying ages and abilities.

    When: March 10th 2018 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

    Where: Imago, 700 Enright Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205

    For more information and to register click here. 

  • January 24, 2018 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District, and City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability

    Do you have repair know-how? At Repair Fair Cincy, Repair Volunteers (“Fixers”) will  repair broken household items and teach attendees how to fix their items. The Fair will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

    Items You Can Help With:
    • Clothing & fabric items
    • Skateboards
    • Bikes
    • Small electronics (counter top appliance, lamps, toys)
    • Tool sharpening

    Become a Fixer! Sign up here.

  • December 11, 2017 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm, Cincinnati, OH 

    Location: 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH (just north of Cincinnati city limits)

    Duration: March 13 - May 18 2017, with opportunities in the summer and fall


    ● We offer many training opportunities throughout the winter on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

    ● Volunteer Farm Educators will shadow a minimum of two field trip/farm tour sessions prior to teaching on their own. 

    Hours: Per applicant availability, a few hours per week, between the hours 9am-2pm, Tuesday - Friday 

    Responsible to: Education Coordinator & Education Director 

    Contact: Krystal Gallagher, Education Coordinator, education@gormanfarm.org 

    As a Volunteer Farm Educator you will get to: 

    ● Learn new skills and information relating to farm animal interactions, agriculture, education, and being a role model for children as part of a fun, talented and enthusiastic staff while leading farm field trip tours 

    ● Attend volunteer enrichment workshops and volunteer appreciation events 

    ● Gain work-related experience while earning community service credit, if needed 

    Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to: 

    Lead meaningful, educational, and safe farm experiences for groups of about 10 children. Volunteer Farm Educators help school groups have a safe, happy and empowering experience by being an effective and engaging teacher on topics like gardening, pollination, food sources, farm animal interactions, and Ohio history, which supports the mission of Gorman Heritage Farm. Educators are not responsible for the direct supervision of children, only the presentation of material; Gorman Heritage Farm requires supervision from school group chaperones and teachers. 

    Come to volunteer on scheduled days with a positive attitude prepared to teach children. Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to be punctual and dependable in their arrival, with a professional and farm-appropriate attire. A name tag and a Gorman Heritage Farm T-shirt will be provided. 

    Work with other Volunteer Farm Educators, Education Coordinator, and Director of Education to enhance and improve our programs. We work and play together as an effective team blending staff and volunteers. We offer our volunteers opportunities and resources for growth and learning. Volunteer Farm Educators are expected to read the educational materials provided and be responsive to feedback. We also appreciate and listen to the feedback of our volunteers as the season progresses. Provide leadership, structure and organization. Educators welcome visitors to the site, answer questions, and direct visitors to restrooms and first aid locations. Educators are able to appropriately and politely direct chaperones in the event that support is needed during an education tour. Educators communicate issues and questions from tour groups to staff members. Educators are also responsible for instructing visitors in emergency procedures should the need arise, with direction from staff members. 


    ● Volunteer Educators must be at least 19 years old age and pass an FBI background check (both required) 

    ● Have the ability to speak to and lead a group of 10 children and several chaperones and teachers on foot for 1.5 miles up and downhill on a paved/gravel path for several hours on the Gorman Heritage Farm site and/or facilitate a stationary activity to the same group while staying alert, friendly, and patient. 

    ● Have the willingness and capacity to implement and adhere to the Gorman Heritage Farm Education Program (training will be provided to all volunteers on the program and site). Description of Site: Gorman Heritage Farm is a 122-acre not-for-profit, educational, historical working farm in the Village of Evendale, just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

    Gorman Heritage Farm promotes: 

    ● hands-on interactions with a variety of animals, gardens and crop fields both for production and education 

    ● engaging farm experiences celebrating the power of food and its connection to people, places, and the natural world 

    ● values such as self-reliance, stewardship, service, and meaningful labor. 

    Application Procedure: Please fill out the short application available at https://form.jotform.com/73204630492148 or contact education@gormanfarm.org. Please also note, we consider all applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

  • November 02, 2017 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    Walnut Hills High School (WHHS) Environmental Mentorship Program

     A third semester science project designed to expose students to environmental issues while encouraging environmental stewardship.  Students are divided into groups to explore an environmental topic that includes: ENERGY, WATER, LAND and FOOD.   Mentors are NOT necessarily environmental experts; but resources to share their expertise and guidance on group dynamics, research gathering and presentation skills. For more information click here

    Time Commitment: Fridays in January and February, 1 hour per week for 6 weeks

    To sign up/questions:

    Contact Barb Wriston-Ruddy, 513-352-4387barb@keepcincinnatibeautiful.org or Kara Luggen 513-352-4380 kara@keepcincinnatibeautiful.org 

  • October 23, 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Various organizations

    Make a Difference Day offers many green volunteer opportunities in the region.

    Saturday, October 28:

    Sunday, October 29:
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