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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  • April 29, 2023 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Boone County Arboretum

    About this opportunity:

    Boone County Arboretum's annual Dogwood Dash 5k will take place at the Arboretum on April 29th, 2023! They are in need of detail-oriented volunteers to join the planning committee for this important fundraising event. Whether you are an avid runner or just enjoy event planning, they want your help in making this year's race a success.

    The committee will meet once per month, and duties may include picking up donations from local businesses, soliciting sponsorships, and assisting the volunteer coordinator with any other tasks related to planning this event. If you are interested in volunteering for the Dogwood Dash Committee, please contact Kelly Reedy at kreedy@bcarboretum.org

  • March 25, 2023 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Butler Soil and Water Conservation District

    About these opportunities:

    Cleanup along historic canal and bird sanctuary - Hamilton, Ohio
    • Saturday, March 25
    • This cleanup will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 9 am until 12 noon. We will be cleaning the banks of the historic hydraulic canal that runs through the Fordson Heights Neighborhood in Hamilton. A backwater of the canal contains a small bird sanctuary, which has also accumulated a lot of trash.
    • Gloves, trash bags, and garbage grabbers will be provided.
    • Parking Location: North End Recreation Building, 700 Joe Nuxhall Blvd, Hamilton OH 45011.
    • Please register here

    Cleanup at Ellis Lake Wetlands in West Chester

    • Saturday, March 25
    • This cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 9 am until 12 noon. Our goal is to collect trash from Seward Road through to St Rt 747 along the bike trail and along the wetlands. This is an important birding area, where bald eagles, cattle egret, and many warblers have been seen.
    • Gloves, trash bags, and garbage grabbers will be provided.
    • Parking Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands parking along Firebird Lane, Fairfield, Ohio 45014.
    • Please register here

    BEST Volunteers: Butler Environmental Stewardship Team

    About this opportunity: Be one of the BEST with Butler Soil and Water Conservation District! We hold at least one, if not more, volunteer events each month. Each event has a conservation theme, such as packaging wildflower seeds, removing invasive species, river cleanups, and BioBlitzes. Find out all of our oncoming events, and sign up.

    More information can be found here.

  • March 03, 2023 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Friends of White Water Shaker Village

    About this opportunity:

    What is the White Water Paint Project?

    The White Water Shaker Village paint project is an opportunity for individuals and small teams to come together to be involved in the restoration effort of the Shaker Village, as part of the 200th anniversary of its founding this year.

    What is the White Water Shaker Village?

    White Water is one of 24 communal villages founded in the United States between 1787 and 1824 by the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, generally called the "Shakers." It is the only remaining village of five Ohio Shaker villages, retaining most of its original buildings in their original settings and home of the only standing brick Shaker meeting house in the country. Learn more about White Water at: www.whitewatervillage.org

    Why was this project created?

    • To reverse the years of wear and neglect by restoring peg rail, wainscot, plaster and painted surfaces to their 1832 appearance.
    • As the kick-off project for the 200th anniversary by providing an opportunity for present and potential historical preservationists to be a part in preserving part of Southwest Ohio’s Shaker history.
    • A time for individuals and volunteer teams of 2-6 to join in the restoration of the Dwelling within the Shaker Village.
    • To enable The Friends of White Water Village to expand their scope and vision for their future with the public.

    Who?

    Volunteers (ages 16 and older), from the inexperienced to professional are needed to continue the restoration.

    • Removing wallpaper
    • Sanding walls and woodwork
    • Priming and painting walls
    • Taping and painting windows
    • Drywall patching and plaster repair

    When?

    • Friday, Mar. 3 - Saturday, Mar. 4 - Sunday, Mar. 5
    • Saturday, Mar. 11 - Sunday, Mar. 12 - Monday, Mar. 13
    • Saturday, Mar. 18 - Sunday, Mar. 19 - Monday, Feb. 20
    • 4-6 hour work sessions throughout the month of March
    • Additional work sessions will be scheduled as the work progresses.
    • All correspondence and registration will be through email: mike@tenballoons.com

    Who is leading?

    • The Lead Team is led by Rich Spence, President of the Friends of White Water Shaker Village.
    • Mike Nygren is the volunteer project manager.

    What commitment is needed of the volunteers?

    • Please read the Friends of White Water Shaker Village website: www.whitewatervillage.org
    • Pre-register for one or more sessions with the project manager: mike@tenballoons.com
    • Workplace attire, workplace safety, needed tools or supplies, volunteer waiver and safety guidelines will be available upon registration.


  • February 01, 2023 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Civic Garden Center

    About this opportunity:

    This year, CGC IS launching a new system for organizing their volunteer program: Volunteer Teams. There are five teams broken up by interest. No prior experience or training is needed to be a part of any team—they'll provide you with training and learning opportunities throughout the season. And yes, you can be a part of more than one team!

    When you sign up for a team, you'll receive updates from CGC staff specific to the focus of that team. These may include upcoming workdays led by the CGC or other Cincinnati-based organizations doing good work in our community, classes pertaining to the team's focus area, and interesting articles or podcasts on related topics that they think you might enjoy.

    First thing first: Choose your team(s)! You can read more about each team on their website.

    Horticulture Team – This team is focused on our grounds or propagation related activities. Nearly all workdays will happen on-site at the CGC.

    Conservation Team – This team is focused on forest or prairie restoration efforts, including invasive removal and replanting with native vegetation. All workdays take place off-site.

    Urban Agriculture Team – This team is focused on assisting community gardens and urban farms in maintaining their gardens. All workdays take place off-site.

    Education Team – This team is focused on field trips and educational programming at and for local schools. Programs take place both on-site at the CGC and off-site at different school locations.

    Events & Outreach Team – This team is focused on organizing CGC events, raising awareness about the CGC within the community, and finding ways to activate our grounds, Hauck Botanic Gardens.

    Please use this form to sign up for the team(s) that interest you most. They'll be using these teams to communicate about upcoming workdays this spring, so be sure to sign up soon!

    More information can be found here.

  • November 08, 2022 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Boone County Arboretum

    About this opportunity:

    During the winter months, while things slow down at the Arboretum, they are busy working on our two big spring events; The Spring Tea, and the Dogwood Dash 5k Run/Walk. These fundraisers both require a lot of planning and support from volunteers! Are you someone who likes to plan events? If so, you should consider joining the planning committee for the annual Dogwood Dash 5k Run/Walk. Volunteers on this committee will help with soliciting sponsorships and donations for door prizes, coordinating food and drink, and more.

    If you are interested in joining the Dogwood Dash Committee, please email Kelly Reedy (volunteer coordinator) at kreedy@bcarboretum.org

  • September 30, 2022 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    About these opportunities:

    Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities September through December. Many cleanup options are offered for neighborhoods in the Cincinnati area, including Colerain, Walnut Hills, Oakley, Camp Washington, Roselawn, OTR, Mount Adams and more. 

    More information can be found here.

  • August 05, 2022 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organization: Cincinnati Observatory

    About this opportunity:

    Volunteers Wanted

    Would you like to help support the nation’s oldest public observatory? The Cincinnati Observatory is looking for new volunteers to lead and assist with astronomy and history programming for the public. Volunteers will be trained on how to use a variety of telescopes as well as how to give tours of the historic buildings.

    We are especially looking for volunteers with an interest in learning more about astronomy and presenting astronomy topics to beginners. This is a unique opportunity to learn as you volunteer at a fully functioning 19th century observatory whose mission is to educate, engage and inspire visitors of the science of astronomy.

    Requirements:

    • Comfortable with public speaking to groups of all ages
    • Interest or expertise in history, astronomy or the sciences preferred
    • Experience working with telescopes preferred
    • Complete an online background check

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with special nighttime and weekend events at the Observatory
    • Learn to give historic tours of the Observatory and its telescopes
    • Learn to use a variety of telescopes

    Working for the Observatory means being part of a small, dynamic team that has a big impact serving approximately 30,000 people per year, and is passionate about inspiring a love of astronomy, science and local history in the community.

    We hope you’ll join us! Scheduling will be based on your availability.

    If interested, or you have questions, please email:

    Dean Regas Astronomer, Cincinnati Observatory

    dean@cincinnatiobservatory.org

    More information can be found here.

  • 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.

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