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 10, 2019 10:42 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.

    Now accepting volunteer educators for Spring 2019!  To become a Volunteer Farm Educator, visit: https://form.jotform.com/72424105592149

  • February 10, 2019 10:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Taking Root

    The 6th Annual Great Tree Summit will take place at the Clermont County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. There will be great discussion, a silent auction, and light refreshments!

    Networking opportunities with Taking Root partners, tree board members, passionate leaders in the tri-state area, and fellow tree enthusiasts abound.

    Interested in volunteering to assist with the event? Taking Root needs volunteers. Click the below link to volunteer by providing your name and email address to our survey form:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZP5P37C

  • February 04, 2019 5:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mill Creek water sampling and lab analysis of chemical water parameters 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 volunteers. We are sampling almost 50 sites now, including those upstream and downstream of 2018's mussel re-introduction.

    We will be holding an orientation for new volunteers on Saturday, February 9 from 12pm-2pm with optional lab analysis orientation to follow from 2pm-4pm for those interested. We are introducing a couple new things to the program that aim to enhance our data so please please plan to attend if you are available, even if you have been a long-time volunteer. 

    Please email Katie at kkeller@themillcreekalliance.org if you are a new volunteer interested in joining this program!

    https://www.themillcreekalliance.org/calendar-of-events/2019/2/1/volunteer-water-quality-monitoring-orientation
  • January 22, 2019 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Coalition

    The Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Coalition seeks a Secretary.

    Description: Takes minutes, edits minutes and publishes in newsletter format to our members and opt in list after approval via email account. Writes letters and communications required by the organization.

    Website: http://www.cincinnatiearthday.com
    Email info@cincinnatiearthday.org


  • January 07, 2019 5:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Tri-State Trails, an initiative of Green Umbrella

    Apply to Serve on Tri-State Trails' Executive Committee!

    Tri-State Trails is seeking passionate trail advocates and professionals from all backgrounds to serve on its Executive Committee for the 2019-2020 term.

    The purpose of the ExecutiveCommittee is to oversee and guide the work of the Tri-State Trails Director and staff.

    Apply here by Friday, February 1, 2019.

    To learn more, call Tri-State Trails at 513-541-1538.

    https://greenumbrella.org/TriStateTrails

  • December 17, 2018 7:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Coalition

    Greater Cincinnati Earth Day at Summit Park is looking for a Director of Public Relations

    The Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition is a community of 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.

    The Director of Public Relations writes press releases, produces a regular calendar, pursue opportunities to participate and promote G.C.E.C., and cultivates a relationship with the press. This is an unpaid board position.

    For more information go to http://www.cincinnatiearthday.org. Contact Chuck Lohre 513-26-9025,funddevelopment@cincinnatiearthday.org


  • November 30, 2018 3:10 PM | Anonymous member

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    Become a Mentor and Inspire Future Green Leaders!

    Walnut Hills High School (WHHS) Environmental Science Mentorship Program

    What is this? A third-semester science project designed to expose students to environmental issues while encouraging environmental stewardship.  Students are divided into groups to explore an environmental topic that includes: ENERGY, WATER, LAND, and FOOD.   Mentors are NOT environmental experts; but resources to share their expertise and guidance on group dynamics, research gathering and presentation skills. 

    What is the Time Commitment?

    1 hour per week/6 weeks 

    Fridays 7:30-8:20am (1st Bell) OR 8:20-9:15am (2nd Bell) 

    on January 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, and 15th


    What does it entail? 4 classroom project sessions, 1 dress rehearsal and 1 presentation day (1 hour/week). Meet with your student group during the bell of your choice. Work with the students to develop a 5-minute presentation with a solution to a local environmental issue. On the presentation day, the groups will be judged by a collection of corporate, environmental and school officials. We understand mentors may not be able to make every project session and that’s okay. 

    Why Participate? This is a great way for a corporate group to make a difference with this unique volunteer opportunity.  Teens are fun to work with and truly appreciate your support and expertise!

    A Mentor testimonial from 2017:

    "The project inherently has so many benefits: exposure to mentors, research on relevant topics, and opportunities to communicate visually and verbally complex ideas. I hope it will continue." -Ryan Geismar from Human Nature

     “I’ve been a mentor for two years now. My favorite part is offering my expertise in group dynamics and connection building to springboard them into the corporate world. I still keep in touch with one of my mentees.” – Michelle Zulli from On Line Design, Inc.

    To become a mentor or with other inquiries, contact Kara Luggen at kara@keepcincinnatibeautiful.org or 513-352-4386 or fill out the form here.

  • November 13, 2018 10:50 AM | Anonymous member

    Organization: Cincinnati Parks

    Join us for a “Green Up Day” in the middle of winter. Help Avon Woods Nature Preserve remove harmful invasive plants such as winter creeper and honeysuckle. You’ll be rewarded with a bounty of Spring wildflowers. Plus, pizza is provided for lunch afterward for all volunteers! 

    Please RSVP by 12/6 on the Cincinnati Parks website: http://bttr.im/wyoil 

    For more information please call 513-861-3435

  • November 06, 2018 3:04 PM | Anonymous member

    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, the Civic Garden Center 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 next Invasive Removal Workday will be Sunday, November 18th, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. The team will be clearing out invasive plants like honeysuckle, knotweed and porcelain berry. Make sure to wear long pants and long sleeves, bring water, and gloves and tools if you have them (we’ll provide some if not!). Park on Sulsar Street.

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

  • October 16, 2018 3:28 PM | Anonymous member

    Organization: Friends of Little Miami State Park

    Here’s your opportunity to give something back to the park for all the hours of biking, hiking, walking, rollerblading, skiing, bird watching, and other activities we do on the trail, as well as help restore the biodiversity of the trail.

    Upcoming Group Sessions:

    Friday October 19th

    Saturday October 20th

    Sunday October 28th

    Group work sessions start at 8:30 AM in Maineville where the trees are stored and grown. We will load up water, trees, and supplies there and drive to the trail. Most planting will be in the northern sections of the trail from the 3 mile marker to the 9 mile marker this year. We will target four hours of work each day, but any help (shorter or longer) would be appreciated.

    No experience is necessary. We do have some tools but if you have shovels, picks, or mattocks, please bring them as the railroad bed can often be a challenge to dig!

    For more information or to volunteer, please contact Rick Forrester atcraseforrester@zoomtown.com. To volunteer for just an hour or two as an individual, please contact Rick to arrange a time.  

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