Common Orchard VISTA - Green Umbrella

September 19, 2022 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Organization: Green Umbrella

About this position:

Green Umbrella, the sustainability alliance located in Greater Cincinnati, is seeking an Americorps VISTA to work approximately 37.5 hours per week starting in August/September 2022 and lasting through the following year, with possible extension. Compensation is determined through Americorps with an additional cash bonus at the end of the term of service.

About Green Umbrella:

Green Umbrella leads collaboration, incubates ideas and catalyzes solutions that create a resilient, sustainable region for all. We envision a vibrant community where sustainability is woven into our ways of life. To that end, we collaborate with businesses, institutions, non-profits, local governments and concerned citizens to bring this vision to life throughout our region’s 10-county tri-state area.

About The Common Orchard Project:

The Common Orchard Project works with communities to plant and maintain fruit trees throughout Cincinnati. We grow a large perennial farm and demonstration site in Camp Washington, assist in the growth of dozens of orchards all over Cincinnati, and conduct education workshops. Our goal is to increase local food production in neighborhoods and create better community cohesion through activating vacant space.

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About the Position:

This position will work closely with the Director; Chris Smyth to care for the health and success of all orchard plantings. This is a diverse position with a mix of coordinating volunteers around farm/garden related activity, community engagement, event coordinating, as well as communication design of social media and email and our website updates. Stipend of $1700/month with $6,000 education benefit available at the end of year of service


Green Umbrella is seeking motivated and responsible applicants with a passion for local food and community organizing. The position requires excellent written and verbal communications skills, and a strong outdoor work ethic. Previous gardening as well as communications, graphic design and social media experience is a plus. Candidates should be comfortable working independently as well as with a supervisor. A desire to learn is ideal as several skills will be taught on the job. 


  • Leading volunteers in Farm / Gardening tasks and the ability to lift 40 pounds.

  • Research, identify and draft appropriate content for e-newsletter.

  • Develop and promote timely content Common Orchard’s social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram) as well as managing and updating the website.

  • Recruiting and managing volunteers for orchard installations, new orchard stewards, and other farm tasks.

  • Community Engagement Organizing: Connecting with new orchard installation sites, meeting with neighbors and other community stakeholders, and event organizing.

  • Monitoring / record keeping / evaluating trees and harvest on a variety of sites.

To apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume (with applicable experience) as ONE PDF to with “Orchard VISTA” in the email subject line. Applications will be accepted until September 9, 2022.No phone calls please.


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