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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  • October 09, 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Taking Root

    Make A Difference Day (MADD) is an annual, national initiative to encourage volunteerism and community service. This year, the event will be held on October 27, 2018 at locations throughout the country. In the Greater Cincinnati Region, the MADD efforts are lead by the Taking Root program, whose objective is to address the current historic loss of our region’s tree canopy (due to invasive pests) by planting 2 million trees by the year 2020 -- one tree for every person in the region.  

    Tree Planting is taking place with DHL in Kenton County, at Cowen Lake and at Boone County Arboretum.

    At the Arboretum, we will be planting trees while raising awareness of the many benefits that trees bring to our communities. We will also be assembling and installing identification labels for the Arboretum plant collections. Volunteers are asked to please register in advance to help us in coordinating the day's activities.

    Please bring a favorite shovel or other planting tool, and join us on this day to make a commitment to reforestation!

    Learn more about Make a Difference Day.

    Register here to volunteer for the Boone County Arboretum tree planting. 

  • October 09, 2018 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Kenton County Parks and Rec

    This is the 2018 Haunters call for Kenton County Parks & Recreation’s (KCP&R) Halloween Happenings Haunted Trail, on Friday, October 19th from 7 P.M. until 10:30 P.M. at Middleton-Mills Park Shelterhouse #2. Admission and parking will be available at the football field. Volunteers need to arrive by 6 P.M.

    Kenton County Parks & Recreation is in need of volunteers to help set up and work the trail the night of the event to help make it as spooktacular as possible! Ghosts, goblins, witches and creatures are requested to help frighten those attending!

    KCP&R is requesting adult volunteers. Children, over the age of 13, with adults are permitted but the adult MUST remain with the child throughout the event.

    KCP&R tries to make this a theatre production and the spookier the better. Even if you do not want to haunt the trail, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Areas that need help include:

    • Setting up and work the event

    • Directing traffic and parking

    • Managing the haunters and sound effects on the trail

    • Decorating the shelterhouse and setting up the graveyard

    • Managing check-in

    Even if you’ve haunted the trail or volunteered in the past, we need you to confirm your participation.

    Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.

    For more information, please contact Rhonda Ritzi at Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org. Call Kenton County Recreation at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to see how you can help.

  • October 09, 2018 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Kenton County Parks and Rec

    This is the 2018 Helpers call for Kenton County Parks & Recreation’s (KCP&R) Halloween Happenings Kid’s Fun Day & Character Trail. The event will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 1 P.M. until 4 P.M. at Middleton-Mills Park Shelterhouse #2. Volunteers need to arrive by 12 P.M. (noon).

    Kenton County Parks & Recreation is in need of adult volunteers to help work the trail and lead activities at this event. Children, over the age of 13, with adults are permitted but the adult MUST remain with the child throughout the event.

    KCP&R is in need of volunteers to help set up and work the event, friendly characters to welcome the guests as they enter the park and on the trail, help decorating the shelterhouse, leaders for games/activities, and volunteers to manage check in.

    Middleton-Mills Park is located at 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.

    For more information, please contact Rhonda Ritzi at Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org. Call Kenton County Recreation at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to see how you can help.

  • October 03, 2018 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    The CGC is kicking off a new project: Treeforestation. Many of Cincinnati’s green spaces are overrun with invasive plants. As more and more ash trees come down, thinning our tree canopy, there is increasingly more room for invasive species (Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, Garlic Mustard) to take over and exclude our native plants and animals. Therefore, rather than having the annual Christmas Tree Sale, we are kicking off this reforestation project to save and protect Cincinnati’s green spaces. They will begin with a series of invasive removal workdays this fall and next spring. They will then begin planting native trees in the fall of 2019.

    The first space to focus on is Hoyes Field, a 10-acre property adjacent to Walnut Hills High School. They will be restoring it in collaboration with Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Parks, UC, Madtree, the Evanston Community and more. This will be an ongoing project, and they could use your help! The first Invasive Removal Workday will be Sunday, October 14th, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Afterwards, grab a beer at Madtree (one of the partners on this project) with your fellow volunteers!

    For more information: Contact Jenn Bakes, jbakes@civicgardencenter.org

  • September 24, 2018 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm

    If you have been to it, the Farm's Sunflower Festival is the biggest and the most glorious annual event on the Farm.  Gorman Heritage Farm is at its best in the Fall with animals to pet, sunflowers to cut, hayrides, pumpkins and a multitude of local vendors, entertainment and foodtrucks.  We have had 5000 visitors in past years and would love your help in many different areas of our 122 acre non-profit farm.  The event will run from 10am-6pm both Saturday and Sunday, 10/6 and 10/7.  So, depending on which job you pick, the shifts might be slightly different.  You are welcome to  enjoy the festival either before your shift or afterwards too!

    Interested volunteers can see what positions are open by using this link: http://signup.com/go/DjEhKAb.

    Thank you for considering helping our beautiful, historic (1835) non-profit farm.  Looking forward to working with you during our wonderful Sunflower Festival.  

  • September 10, 2018 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Green Umbrella 

    Green Umbrella is seeking volunteers to help out with Great Outdoor Weekend coming up on September 29 and 30. This position was originally intended for students but has now opened up to any volunteer interested in helping us get folks outdoors! 

    Volunteer Responsibilities: Volunteers will attend 2-3 Great Outdoor Weekend events and help facilitate evaluations. Responsibilities also include taking photos, writing down anecdotes, and taking short videos. 

    Great Outdoor Weekend events occur all over the Greater Cincinnati Area, and start at all different times throughout the day. 

    Green Umbrella is hosting two training sessions, on the 25th and 26th of September and volunteers will need to attend one. 

    Anyone interested should contact Megan at events@greenumbrella.org as soon as possible! 

    See the attached flyer for more information. 

    GOW Flyer (1).pdf

  • August 29, 2018 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Imago

    When: September 15, 5:00-11:00 pm

    Music in the Woods is always amazing, due in no small part to the community of volunteers that give time to the event. Volunteers come before the event to get Imago ready and looking great, or they come during Music in the Woods to lend a hand with serving beer and food, helping the bands, running family activities and more.

    Help put on Imago’s biggest event and have a great time doing it. Music in the Woods happens every year because of our awesome community. As a volunteer you not only help Imago with the event and our mission, you also get a free entry into the event.

    Sign up here. 

  • August 22, 2018 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

    The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District has a vacancy on its Policy Committee.The District is seeking a Public representative. This position, whose term is four years, is responsible for representing the interests of citizens.

    Qualified and interested individuals are invited to apply online at HamiltonCountyRecycles.org through 5 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018.

    Solid waste policy in Hamilton County is managed by the Policy Committee. The Committee consists of four permanent members, one non-voting member, and three other representatives.

    Policy Committee responsibilities include reviewing and providing guidance on programs, reviewing and adjusting funding for these programs, writing and implementing a 15-year solid waste management plan, and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on solid waste management policies and budget. The Committee meets every other month.

    For more information, please contact the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District at 946-7766 or online at HamiltonCountyRecycles.org.

  • August 22, 2018 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: UC Sustainability

    Recognizing that safety, wellness, and community are integral elements of sustainability, Living in the Neighborhood is a collaborative, interdisciplinary speaker series hosted by UC|Sustainability, University of Cincinnati Center for Community of Engagement, University of Cincinnati Student Wellness Center and the Office of Community Development with the vision of enhancing the Uptown Cincinnati community through creating more livable, just, and robust neighborhoods. This series has 3 installments, all at 6pm in TUC 417:

    Tuesday September 4th – hosted by the Center for Community Engagement

    Tuesday October 9th – hosted by the Student Wellness Center

    Tuesday November 13th – hosted by the Office of Sustainability

    Students can receive service hours for attending and signing up on volunteer.uc.edu

  • August 22, 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm

    Volunteer Farm Educator

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

    Duration: March-May (spring season) and September-November (fall season), with opportunities in the summer as well.


    ● We offer many training opportunities throughout the year.  Next training dates are August 31st and September 5, or at your own availability.

    ● 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.  Volunteers choose days based on their availability.

    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 a background check.  Gorman pays for the background check.

    ● Have the ability to speak to and teach 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 teach a stationary lessons 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).

    ● Demonstrate comfort and preparedness outdoors and with farm animals.

    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.

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