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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  • February 19, 2020 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm

    As a Volunteer Farm Educator you will get to:

    Learn new skills and information relating to farm animal interactions, agriculture, and education while being a farm guide for children as part of a talented and enthusiastic staff

    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.


  • February 15, 2020 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

    Great Backyard Bird Count, February 15th

    Join us in partnership with Cincinnati Parks for the 22nd annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a collaborative citizen science project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get outside for a morning of bird watching and identification. We will join bird watchers from over 100 countries around the world in this Great Backyard Bird Count weekend of birding and contribute our observations to eBird, a database that scientists use to monitor changes in bird populations and ranges. 

    This event will take place at Burnett Woods and we will be birding with some local experts so no experience is necessary. We ask that you bring your own pair of binoculars and we’ll have a few spares on hand. This opportunity is open to adults and small groups/families of all ages. Participants should be prepared to walk for an extended period of time. Total participation is limited to 20. We won’t let a little rain get in our way. However, severe weather will require us to cancel. Additional event details and meeting location will be sent with a confirmation email following sign up. Sign-ups are open now through February 12th!


  • February 05, 2020 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    • Forest Restoration Project Dates: 

    •  Saturday, February 22nd from 9am - 12pm
    • Saturday, March 7th from 9am – 12pm
    • Saturday, April 18th from 9am - 12pm

    We will meet at Walnut Hills High School, 3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Parking is available along Sulsar Ave. Please dress accordingly, long sleeves and pants are recommended, and closed toed shoes are required! Gloves, snacks, and water coolers will be provided, please bring a reusable water bottle. Please email volunteer@civicgardencenter.org with any questions.

    Register here for volunteering: https://cincinnatiparks.regfox.com/walnut-woods-treeforestation-project.

     


  • January 29, 2020 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Mill Creek Alliance

    Volunteer Monitors Needed!

    This is the 8th year the Mill Creek Alliance Water Quality Monitoring Program has monitored the Mill Creek Watershed. Our first 2020 sampling event is March 14th.  We collect water samples and analyze them for 8 chemical parameters at a lab to help us identify and address local water quality issues. Monitoring takes place the second Saturday of each month from March through November. This program is VITAL for monitoring the health of the creek and relies completely on committed volunteers like you! The WQMP currently samples 52 sites throughout the Mill Creek watershed.   Volunteer jobs include sample collecting or lab analysis.  No experience is required. Please email Anne at alyon@themillcreekalliance.org if you are a new volunteer interested in joining this program!

    Mill Creek Alliance Annual Volunteer Water Monitor Training February 29th and March 4th

    If you are interested in becoming a Mill Creek Water Quality Monitoring volunteer, please plan to attend one of these training events.  These training events will provide you with all the information you need to become a sample collector and/or lab analyst.  The February 29th event is on Saturday from 3-5 pm at the Urban Artifact Taproom at 1660 Blue Rock St, Cincinnati, OH 45223 (right next door to the Mill Creek Alliance Northside office).  If you cannot make this event, the training will be repeated Wednesday March 4th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, also at the Urban Artifact.  The event is free but registration is required. 

    Please submit your registration on this google form.  If you have any questions, please email Anne at alyon@themillcreekalliance.org

     

    2020 Event Dates:

    March 14th

    April 11th

    May 9th

    June 13th

    July 11th

    August 8th

    September 12th

    October 10th

    November 14th


  • January 23, 2020 1:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    01-23-2020 12:00 PM

    Let's get rid of honeysuckle and other invasive plants! You'll be giving our native trees and woodland flowers new life and opening up a view into the forest that park guests will enjoy for years to come. (Free, register by 1/15) Woodland Mound/Chipmunk Shelter


  • January 22, 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    01-22-2020 08:00 AM

    Let's team up and remove invasive honeysuckle! Learn what invasive plants could be present in your own backyard and help to remove this invasive plant to improve native wildlife habitat for future species. (Free, register by 1/15) Lake Isabella/Boat House


  • January 20, 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Start the new year with a commitment to serve! Monday, January 20, times listed by location

    For years, MLK Day has been referred to as "A day on, not a day off." If you are inspired to make a difference in your community, we will have opportunities to get out and serve!

    Cincinnati Parks will have several service sites in community parks. Help us maintain safe, clean & beautiful parks for communities throughout the city, look for the location closest to your neighborhood.

    "Yet, in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers."

    - MLK, Nobel Lecture, Oslo 12/1/1964


  • January 17, 2020 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio River Foundation

    Saturday, February 15, 10am-2pm
    Host: Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio River Foundation, Mill Creek Yacht Club
    Volunteers will assist cutting tree limbs for use as "live stakes" in future tree plantings (this coming spring). Please wear clothes appropriate for the weather, and for cutting/clearing brush, hat, sunglasses, waterproof shoes (unless you don't mind having wet feet), change of dry clothes to leave in car -- is an idea!  
    Location: Heritage Park (11405 E. Miami River Road, Cincinnati, OH 45252)
    For more information and to register: https://hcswcd.org/2020-live-staking-events.html



  • January 17, 2020 11:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED! Cincinnati Parks is working to establish dates and times for this volunteer event. We will update this volunteer event listing as soon as they do. Thanks for your patience!

    Volunteers will assist Cincy Parks Staff in horticulture maintenance on the grounds of Hauck Botanic Gardens. We are in the process of renovating the landscape through removing invasive species and weeds, spreading woodchips along trails, and possibly planting trees, shrubs and perennials as we work with the Civic Garden Center to transform a large section of the park into educational gardens and spaces. Not only will your hard work beautify the park gardens, it will also help in conservation efforts.

    Volunteers should be prepared for the weather in lightweight clothing, wear long pants and layers (long sleeves), close-toed shoes are required. Suggested: refillable water bottle - there will be water cooler on site for volunteers to fill a bottle. Cincinnati Parks discourages single - use plastics.

    REGISTER HERE!!

  • January 17, 2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Cincinnati Parks, the Civic Garden Center, and Walnut Hills High School students are collaborating on a large habitat restoration project located on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project with an end goal of controlling invasive plant species, planting native plants, creating nature trails, and establishing a designated space for environmental education and research within the community.  Walnut Hills students hope to eventually use the space as an outdoor land lab, as this woods is located just steps from the main entrance to their school!

    This "Treeforestation" project is located on the acre of land located between Victory Parkway & Sulsar Avenue - just in front of Walnut Hills School.

    Volunteers should be prepared for the weather and wear long pants and long sleeves to protect against thorns and possible poison ivy encounters.  Close-toed shoes are required. Suggested: Bring work gloves (if you own them) and a refillable water bottle.  There will be work gloves available to borrow and  a water cooler will be provided on site for volunteers to refill  bottles. Cincinnati Parks discourages single - use plastics.  

    Register here!


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