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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  • November 08, 2022 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Boone County Arboretum

    About this opportunity:

    During the winter months, while things slow down at the Arboretum, they are busy working on our two big spring events; The Spring Tea, and the Dogwood Dash 5k Run/Walk. These fundraisers both require a lot of planning and support from volunteers! Are you someone who likes to plan events? If so, you should consider joining the planning committee for the annual Dogwood Dash 5k Run/Walk. Volunteers on this committee will help with soliciting sponsorships and donations for door prizes, coordinating food and drink, and more.

    If you are interested in joining the Dogwood Dash Committee, please email Kelly Reedy (volunteer coordinator) at kreedy@bcarboretum.org

  • September 30, 2022 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    About these opportunities:

    Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities September through December. Many cleanup options are offered for neighborhoods in the Cincinnati area, including Colerain, Walnut Hills, Oakley, Camp Washington, Roselawn, OTR, Mount Adams and more. 

    More information can be found here.

  • September 14, 2022 5:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: ORSANCO

    About this opportunity:

    The Ohio River Sweep is now a full season of supporting cleanup events from  September through October. The new, flexible format provides the opportunity for groups to make a big impact on waterways in their community based on the timeline that works best for them. Participants choose the date and location of their cleanup and the Ohio River Sweep provides support and supplies to hold the event.

    Interested in participating in a cleanup, but don’t have a group to plan one with? Check out our map of events that will be updated as events are submitted:

    River Sweep Map

    Community Service Confirmation Form

    Volunteer Waiver Form

    Ohio River Sweeps must follow all local protocol regarding health and safety. In order to plan a River Sweep, coordinators will need to:

    • Select a Date
    • Select a Location (local parks are often great spots to clean!)
    • Arrange Trash Disposal (call your local garbage service provider if you have more trash than you can safely carry out yourself)
    • Recruit Volunteers
    • Request Supplies
    • Sign the Waiver
    • Attend your River Sweep
    • Send a post River Sweep Report

    More information can be found here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • May 26, 2022 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: MetroParks of Butler County

    About this opportunity:

    Each third Thursday of the month, volunteers can support MetroParks staff at Voice of America MetroPark! During these volunteer days, you will assist staff with various tasks around the park, such as weeding, mulching, picking up litter, and more.

    Dates & Time: Every Third Thursday of the month (Now through November 2022)

    9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    October 20, & November 17

    Where: Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069)

    Register at https://www.yourmetroparks.net/support-us/volunteering

    Contact Information: If you have any questions, please contact Elise Moeller, the Manager of Volunteer Resources, at emoeller@yourmetroparks.net or call 513-867-5835 ext. 221!

  • May 23, 2022 6:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    About these opportunities:

    There is currently a vast amount of available volunteer opportunities at the Cincinnati Nature Center. These opportunities have been broken down into categories and listed below. The given categories range from conservation/community science, to facilities work, to horticultural work, to public programs, visitor experience and volunteer department work.

    Conservation/Community Science:

    Bluebird Box Monitoring

    Butterfly Monitoring

    Firefly Watch

    Land Stewards at Long Branch - Mondays

    Land Stewards at Rowe Woods - Saturdays

    Land Stewards at Rowe Woods - Wednesdays

    Monarch Larvae Monitoring Program (MLMP)

    Nest Watch - Online Community Science

    Vernal Pool Monitoring

    Facilities:

    Special Projects

    Trail Steward

    Horticulture:

    Gardeners on the Go Landscape Club

    Herb Wall Gardeners

    Native Edible Forest - Polyculture Plots

    Native Plant Ambassador

    Native Plant Propagation Program at Rowe Woods

    Native Plant Sales

    Pollinator Garden Team

    Public Programs:

    Children's Saturday Program Assistant

    Public Programs Helper

    Visitor Experience:

    Adopt-a-Highway Roadside Cleanup

    Mailing Assistant

    Membership Office Assistant

    Nature Shop Event (Quilt Show, Art Shows, etc.)

    Nature Shop Team Member

    Volunteer Department:

    Horticulture Orientation

    Monday Morning Volunteer Workshop

    More information and further descriptions about each of these volunteer opportunities can be found here.

    General information about volunteering at the Cincinnati Nature Center can be found here.

  • April 29, 2022 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Society of St. Andrew

    About this volunteer opportunity:


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