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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  • December 29, 2017 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    Martin Luther King Day is a day of service that brings people together for a common good. We invite you to celebrate humility and community by volunteering at the Shaker Trace Seed Nursery in Miami Whitewater Forest on Monday, January 15.

    Shaker Trace Nursery harvests 300 pounds of native seeds each year that are used to grow thousands of plants in greenspace restoration projects throughout Great Parks. Volunteers are needed to help clean and sort seeds to continue these community conservation efforts.

    Volunteers will be provided a grilled lunch, a tour of the nursery and a packet of native seeds to take home. All ages are welcome. Registration is required by January 13 at www.greatparks.org/calendar.

  • December 28, 2017 4:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District

    Help in planting 700 trees in the riverbank! These trees will provide shade and habitat for fish and other wildlife, stabilize the eroding riverbanks, reduce sediment pollution, and take up pollution from the water and air.

    We will be planting approximately 700 “live stakes” (tree cuttings) into eroded banks of the Great Miami River.  This work will be done from within the river channel.  There will be opportunities to plant from canoes or the access the banks overland.  Plan to get your feet wet! 

    Adults & Teenagers accompanied by a parent/guardian (ages 15+).  Please register here to insure we have the correct size tee-shirt and lunch provided for you.  You will also be asked if you prefer to access the river by canoe or overland.  Canoes provided by Rivers Unlimited (Volunteer owned canoes/kayaks welcome)!

    Meet at Heritage Park in Colerain Township (groups will disperse to planting site from there).

  • December 11, 2017 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm, Cincinnati, OH 

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

    Duration: March 13 - May 18 2017, with opportunities in the summer and fall


    ● We offer many training opportunities throughout the winter on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

    ● 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 

    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 an FBI background check (both required) 

    ● Have the ability to speak to and lead 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/or facilitate a stationary activity to the same group 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). 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.

  • November 22, 2017 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    Though it may not feel like it, it's already time to start thinking about Christmas. And of course, it just isn't Christmas without a tree! Kick your holiday season off this year by volunteering for our annual Christmas Tree Sale. 

    Christmas Tree pick-up will be on November 24, 25, and 26 as well as December 2, 3, 9, and 10 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Various shifts are available each day.

    Before you sign up, take note that outdoor shifts will involve helping us load trees onto cars. They will have 2 staff members outside to assist, but if you're concerned this will be too physically demanding, you can sign up to sell books, or help out with crafts.

    Sign up here or learn more about the annual Christmas Tree Sale.

    Contact: jbakes@civicgardencenter.org

  • November 02, 2017 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    Walnut Hills High School (WHHS) Environmental Mentorship Program

     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 necessarily environmental experts; but resources to share their expertise and guidance on group dynamics, research gathering and presentation skills. For more information click here

    Time Commitment: Fridays in January and February, 1 hour per week for 6 weeks

    To sign up/questions:

    Contact Barb Wriston-Ruddy, 513-352-4387barb@keepcincinnatibeautiful.org or Kara Luggen 513-352-4380 kara@keepcincinnatibeautiful.org 

  • October 23, 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Various organizations

    Make a Difference Day offers many green volunteer opportunities in the region.

    Saturday, October 28:

    Sunday, October 29:
  • October 03, 2017 2:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Anderson Park District

    When: Saturday October 14, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Where: Clear Creek Park, 6200 Batavia Rd, Cincinnati OH 45244

    Join the action at the annual Make a Difference Day, the nation's largest day of community service. Get your hands dirty for a few hours as you plant trees and landscape around Clear Creek Park. This is also a great way to earn service hours!

    Pre-registration required. Supplies, drinks, and lunch are provided. Registration is from 8:30 - 9:00 am and cleanup begins at 9:00 am.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • September 27, 2017 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Taking Root

    When: Saturday October 28, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Where: Ault Park, 5090 Observatory Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208

    We are continuing our partnership with Ault Park and planting trees in areas where we removed honeysuckle! The area that was a former soccer field is looking to get a makeover and we hope to contribute to the process. Tools will be provided but bring gloves. We suggest wearing long pants and closed toed shoes as well for safety.

    We will meet at the small shelter which is just off of Observatory Circle to the outside, the same location we met for the honeysuckle removal events. Email nhenger@takingroot.info with any questions you may have. 

    For more information and to sign up, click here.

  • September 25, 2017 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Great Parks of Hamilton County

    When: Saturday September 30, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Where: Winton Woods Campground,10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231

    Thanks to a grant from International Paper Foundation, we're putting 80 trees in the ground to provide shade for campers and habitat for wildlife. Afterwards, enjoy a campfire, grilled treats and naturalist visit. All ages welcome. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 

    For more information and to register, please click here and look under Community Conservation Projects.

  • September 13, 2017 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm 

    Gorman Heritage Farm is seeking volunteers to help with the Sunflower Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8. Two shifts are available, you will work one shift and have the other shift to explore the Festival! Opportunities are available to help with: Shop Front Desk support, Admissions, Pumpkin Sales, Water Sales, Sunflower Sales, Setup, Cleanup, Trash/Recycling/Restocking, Parking, Tractor Drivers and more! Email Claire for more information clong@gormanfarm.org.

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