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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  • June 28, 2022 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Our Harvest 

    About this opportunity:

    Saturday, July 23, 2022

    9:00 AM 12:00 PM

    bahr farm

    969 West North Bend Rd. Cincinnati 

  • June 24, 2022 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio River Foundation

    About this opportunity:

    Date and Time: Sunday, August 7th, 9am-1pm

    Location: Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road Blue Ash, OH 45242)

    Join us as we remove harmful invasive plants from Summit Park’s natural areas!

    Volunteers should expect to hand saw, trim, or pull trees, small plants, and/or vines and help drag them to the chipper area. Be prepared for the weather in durable, layered clothing, long pants, long sleeves, hat, sunglasses and work gloves. Please wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Volunteers under 18 years of age are required to bring additional forms which can be obtained via email registration.

    Contact: For more information and to register, email Jessica Tegge at jtegge@ohioriverfdn.org or call/text (513) 289-6884.

  • June 24, 2022 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio River Foundation

    About this opportunity:

    Date and Time: Sunday, July 24th, 9am-1pm

    Location: Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road Blue Ash, OH 45242)

    Join us as we remove harmful invasive plants from Summit Park’s natural areas!

    Volunteers should expect to hand saw, trim, or pull trees, small plants, and/or vines and help drag them to the chipper area. Be prepared for the weather in durable, layered clothing, long pants, long sleeves, hat, sunglasses and work gloves. Please wear sturdy closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Volunteers under 18 years of age are required to bring additional forms which can be obtained via email registration.

    Contact: For more information and to register, email Jessica Tegge at jtegge@ohioriverfdn.org or call/text (513) 289-6884.

  • June 24, 2022 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Ohio River Foundation

    About this opportunity:

    Date and Time: Monday, July 4th, 4pm-10pm

    Location: Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road Blue Ash, OH 45242)

    Celebrate Independence Day while supporting ORF! Our team will be pouring beers at Red, White & Blue Ash on Monday, July 4th and we need volunteers to work with us!

    Contact: Check https://ohioriverfdn.org/events/ for additional details. Contact Bethany Miller at bmiller@ohioriverfdn.org to learn more.


  • 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.

  • June 21, 2022 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of Boone County Arboretum

    About this opportunity:

    Friday July 1st, we will be welcoming over 70 students to the Arboretum for an educational field trip. We are in need of volunteers to teach a 5 minute lesson plan to small groups of students as they cycle through stations*. A curriculum will be printed for you when you arrive, you will only need to present it!

    Date: 07/01/2022 (Fri.)

    Time: 9:00am - 11:00am EDT

    Location: Boone County Arboretum - 9190 Camp Ernst Rd., Union, KY 41091

    There are 6 different learning stations which are in need of volunteers:

    • Discovery Zone #1: Arboretum
    • Discovery Zone #2: Deciduous Trees

    • Discovery Zone #3: Evergreen Trees

    • Discovery Zone #4: Tree Stump

    • Discovery Zone #5: Food Chain

    • Discovery Zone #6: Caged Trees

    More information and sign ups for this volunteer opportunity can be found here.

  • June 06, 2022 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Nature Center

    About this opportunity:

    On June 25, 2022, Cincinnati Nature Center is hosting a Garden Tour of Noteworthy Natives around Cincinnati between the hours of 9am and 5pm. We are looking for volunteers to serve as a host and welcome guests at each of the 11 locations. This is where you come in – will you help us by volunteering as a host?

    You are welcome to bring a friend or to split a shift with another volunteer. Volunteer Hours are 8:45am – 1:00pm and 12:45pm to 5:00pm to cover the Garden Tour which lasts from 9am to 5pm. To show our appreciation, we would like to offer you admission to the Garden Tour. 

    The locations of the sites are as follows:

    Clifton

    344 Warren Avenue 45220

    Clifton

    345 Warren Avenue 45220

    Columbia Tusculum

    633 Rushton 452261

    Norwood

    3948 Elsmere Avenue 45212

    Montgomery

    9557 Ross Avenue 45242

    Montgomery

    11261 Grandon Ridge Circle 45249

    Avondale

    335 Rockdale Avenue 45229

    Hyde Park

    3675 Traskwood Circle #3 45208

    Hyde Park

    3769 Ault Park Avenue 45208

    Hyde Park

    3817 Ault Park Avenue 45208

    Hyde Park

    2500 Observatory 45208

    Hyde Park

    9 Peasenhall Lane 45208

    Indian Hill

    6795 N. Clippinger Drive 45243

    Indian Hill

    8110 N. Clippinger Drive 45243

    If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the form here; the volunteer department will reach out with any additional information.
  • May 26, 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 March 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

    If you are interested in organizing a River Sweep cleanup, contact Melissa Mann at 513-231-7719 ext. 101.

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