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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  • January 18, 2022 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: CPS Outside

    Clark Montessori is in search of professionals in the green industry to serve as mentors for high school students as they complete sustainability focused projects for their career tech horticulture course. Projects are largely dependent on student interest and design, but are likely to involve aquaponics and raised bed gardening (urban gardening); native species ID and trail maintenance (land management/landscaping/park naturalist); pollinator and rain gardens; and composting.

    Commitment-wise, it would look like email correspondence (2-3 emails) in February; a googlemeet in March; a classroom visit (ideally) or additional googlemeet in April and an optional attendance for project work days and for student presentations in May.

    That said, if you’d be interested in committing more time to help implement the project in April/May, that would be wonderful but up to you (I know that’s a busy time of year)!

    If you have experience or passion for one of these areas and would be interested and willing to serve as a mentor for students, contact Abby Strietmann at strieta@cpsboe.k12.oh.us by the end of January 2022.

  • January 03, 2022 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition

    The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition produces an annual Earth Day celebration. It's a community event for not-for-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and individuals from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Tri-State region who work cooperatively and actively to promote the beauty and environmental quality of the Tri-State area.

    This year, the Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration will be held on April 23, 2022 at Summit Park in Blue Ash, OH.

    Want to volunteer at the largest earth day event in the region? Learn more here.

  • January 03, 2022 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

    As a non-profit that is committed to people and the environment, we champion the dedication and tenacity of our volunteers! Whether you're interested in restoration, education, recreation (or all three), there are a plethora of ways for you to get involved here at MCA.

    Learn more and fill out the form here.

  • December 07, 2021 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Join Cincinnati Parks in adding to a century of community science by joining National Audubon Society’s 122nd Annual Christmas Bird Count!   

    The Christmas Bird Count is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  

    The dates for our local counts are scheduled for December 19 in the West Region, and December 26 in the East Region. We will be meeting at 8:00am each day, break at noon for lunch, and reconvene before the afternoon shift.  The afternoon shift will be from 12:30 - 5:00pm. If you can only bird for a half-day, we are happy to have you! If you intend on participating for a whole day, please sign up for both time slots.  

    Volunteers will be paired with seasoned birders. Please note that requirements for this opportunity are:  

    • Must have own transportation  
    • Must have basic knowledge of local bird species  
    • Must be 14 years or older; children must be accompanied by a guardian  
    • Participants must be able to move themselves along trails, over uneven ground, up and down hills, and across bridges and streams  
    • This event is rain or shine; be prepared to bird in any weather conditions  
    • Participants will be required to have a face mask with them at all times, to be worn when a distance of 6 ft cannot be maintained  

    If you meet these conditions, please sign up online at better impact.  

    If you have any questions, please email Nicole.niemeyer@cincinnati-oh.gov  

    The link to sign up is https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/3ef7a4d9-44cf-40b9-aa64-6068529691e0/Activity/ab4bc41e-14d7-493f-a4f2-307604c007b6/1

  • December 03, 2021 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of the Little Miami State Park

    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.

    Find opportunities HERE!

  • November 23, 2021 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Cincinnati Parks have a long and distinguished tradition in Cincinnati. The city is fortunate to have a thriving system consisting of 5,000-plus acres of city parklands including five regional parks, 70 neighborhood parks, 34 natural areas, five neighborhood nature centers, 30 sites managed by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, five parkways, 16 scenic overlooks, 2 arboretums, and 65 miles of hiking and bridle trails. Within this robust "city within a park", thousands of square footage of floral displays are created and maintained by a team of horticulturists that in no small way place the finishing beauty on the special destinations of Cincinnati Parks. 

    We are organizing opportunities for volunteers to support the important work of Parks horticulture staff in select parks locations. Volunteers will assist Parks horticulturists with general horticultural needs (clearing, weeding, deadheading, light pruning, watering, and planting). This a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in public horticulture and enjoys working outdoors, and is comfortable engaging with the public to answer questions about our gardens. 

    Some opportunities are team based and others have more autonomy, but in all cases the work is guided by our staff. The goal is to build an experienced group of volunteers to support efforts that keep our parks beautiful and healthy. All of these opportunities require an on-going commitment, minimum of one season, but hopefully more! 

    When you register, you will have a brief interview with a volunteer coordinator or someone from the horticulture team. We want to ensure a good fit for all volunteers and the team.

    Sign up here!

  • November 23, 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Recycling & Reuse Hub

    Volunteers are necessary for the Hub’s day-to-day operations! Thank you for being interested in lending a helping hand.

    Children under 16 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult at all times under the following guidelines:

    Children Under 8: One adult for every child

    Children 9-11: One adult for every two children

    Children 12-15: 1 adult for every three children

    For large corporate groups or troops, please contact the Hub to schedule.

    Check out different volunteer opportunites below:

    • To volunteer at our regular operating hours: click here

    If it is your first time volunteering, please read this document for more detailed information and print and sign this waiver to bring with you to your shift. Once signed, the waiver is good until the end of the calendar year.

    If you can’t commit to volunteering now, but are still interested, please complete this form to hear about future volunteer opportunities, or if you are interested in volunteering in other ways.

    If you have any questions about volunteering, please email crrh.volunteer@gmail.com.

  • October 27, 2021 3:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Common Orchard Project (incubated by Green Umbrella)

    Are you interested in becoming a Common Orchard Steward?

    If you currently care for public fruit trees, have just planted an orchard with us, or would like to volunteer at a community orchard, this training is for you!

    Beginning this fall, and continuing throughout 2022, we will be offering a series of free trainings for folks committed to caring for a community orchard. Check out the workshop series here and register to participate.

    The training series is designed to have at least 2 separate times for each session in order to fit everyone in the classroom. While we think it is possible to learn all you need to by attending one of each session, we recognize how long it really takes to integrate this information. Therefore, the rule of thumb here is that you may come back to the same session in different years, miss a session and pick it up next year, or even come to both in one year! Learn at your own pace and come back until you feel you grasp the full concept. This training plus a monthly newsletter should get you on the path of how to care for your community fruit trees.

    This training is NOT for the average backyard orchardist. If you are interested in learning how to care for your own PERSONAL fruit trees, we will offer a paid training over a weekend in May or June. For now, this training is only for those who are caring for public and community based fruit trees. If you would like to take responsibility for a public orchard, please email info@commonorchard.com to ask about where to connect in!

    Please read the Schedule CAREFULLY, this is a course over a long time period and presenting the information in a chronological fashion is difficult.

    Here is the URL for the Schedule:


    We value these 9 training sessions at $400, and for it to be free, we ask that participants commit to an orchard for at least 2 years of care.

    Missed the first session? Not to worry - you can join at any point as the training program will be offered on an ongoing basis.

  • October 26, 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Work with Cincinnati Parks Staff to continue beautification efforts in OTR. Volunteers will install plant material in medians along Liberty Street Corridor and plant bulbs at Washington Park & Zeigler Park.

    Volunteers should be prepared for the weather (layered, lightweight clothing), wear long pants. Close-toed shoes are required. Recommended: Work gloves (if you own them), sunscreen, face covering and your a water bottle. Cincinnati Parks discourages single - use plastics.

    Cincinnati Parks remains focused and diligent regarding guidelines for Covid-19. Volunteers will be placed into groups of ten. The site will be staged to keep volunteers physically distanced


    October 14, 9a-12p Liberty Street (Elm - Sycamore)Plant installation

    *There will be lane closures in place, high visibility safety vests will be provided, and the safest logistics will be place to protect staff & volunteers.

    Parking will be available in the 3CDC lot on Liberty between Pleasant & Race.

    Oct 27 - Washington Park (9am-12pm): Meet at 12th and Race, at the south beds

    Oct 28 - Washington Park (9am-12pm): Meet at 13th and Race, at the 13th street beds.

    Oct 29 - Zeigler Park (9am-2pm): Meet at Sycamore street entrance to garage (Just south of east 14th).

  • October 06, 2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: NKU Sustainability

    The NKU Research and Education Field Station (REFS) and the Campbell County Conservation District are holding a Board Walk Building Event (Day 2) for the construction of a boardwalk over a muddy/wet portion of the St. Anne Wetlands Trail in Melbourne, KY. This will be  morning event (8:30 am - 1:00 pm) on Saturday, Oct. 9. This event is open to the public, and we are encouraging people from the City of Melbourne and surrounding community, students/faculty/staff from Northern Kentucky University, and any others interested to join in.

    The St. Anne Wetlands trail is actively used by a broad spectrum of the public for hiking, bird watching, nature escapes, trail running, dog walking, nature walks, and environmental education. The trail makes a figure 8 loop through the most pristine wetland habitat and old growth forest in all of northern Kentucky. This boardwalk will solve the problem on the northwest trail loop that is very muddy or partially under shallow water during the spring or very wet periods. Sponsorship is provided by the City of Melbourne (Ronnie Walton, Mayor), the Campbell County Conservation District, the Campbell Co. UK Extension Service, and Northern Kentucky University's Office of Sustainability and REFS.

    Come Join Us!

    When: Saturday, Oct. 9  

    Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Location: St. Anne Wetlands (south)

    Parking: NKU REFS - 99 Harrison Ct., Melbourne, KY 40159 and the parking area at the trailhead off Anderson Ave., Melbourne, KY (please check in at REFS first).

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