Do you love the Cincinnati Parks… then we’ve got a volunteer opportunity for you!
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Our Parks depend on support from those who use it and treasure it. Your contribution of time is one way you can help Cincinnati Parks maintain our status as one of the top urban park systems in the country. We have one-time and ongoing opportunities available to provide a rewarding and safe volunteer experience.

Cincinnati Parks has been approved by the Points of Light Foundation to be an official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program!

The Presidential Service Award allows Cincinnati Parks to recognize its volunteers in a unique and special way. It also commends recipients that live a life of service through Presidential gratitude and national recognition.

To be eligible, you must complete the following amount of volunteer hours (with Cincinnati Parks) per calendar year based on your age group:

Hours by Award Bronze Silver Gold
Kids (5-10 years) 26-49 50-74 75+
Teens (11-15 years) 50-74 75-99 100+
Young Adults (16-25 years) 100-174 175-249 250+
Adults (26 years & older) 100-249 250-499 500+
Families and Groups* 200-499 500-999 1,000+
President’s Lifetime Achievement Award:
Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime.
*Two or more people, with each member contributing at least 25 hours toward the total.


Please sign up online at: www.myvolunteerpage.com to register as a Cincinnati Parks Volunteer. Once you are on the “myvolunteerpage”, go to the section that says “Did an organization send you here to get started”, type in “Cincinnati” and click on the search button. Select Cincinnati Parks from the list of organizations. You will then end up on the Cincinnati Parks Volunteer page and will be able to “sign up” or “log-in”. Select “sign-up” and enter your information.

Once you are on your personal volunteer page, click on the tab that says “sign-up”. Make sure you scroll down the page to view all of the Cincinnati Parks volunteer opportunities. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at (513) 357-2614 or email at cheryl.lackey@cincinnati-oh.gov should you have additional questions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Urban Parks and Greenspaces

There is a great need for outdoor and gardening enthusiasts to help maintain numerous urban parks and greenspaces throughout the city by • Removing honeysuckle and other invasive plants • Planting flowers and trees • Removing and/or replacing ground cover.

Waterfront Parks

The Waterfront parks have a need for volunteers to perform the invaluable task of removing litter from the riverbanks as well as assisting with data entry. Carol Ann’s Carousel has a need for an Ambassador/Greeter; someone who can provide information and enhance the overall Carousel experience.

Group Projects

Is your organization looking for an outdoor volunteer project or a team building opportunity? Does your scout troop need a service outing? If the answer is yes…just give us a call (at least 3 weeks in advance) and we can arrange a project that may include maintaining urban landscapes • Cleaning up a wooded area • Removing honeysuckle and other invasive plants • Planting flowers and trees • Painting tables, benches & flower pots • Building a bridge • Building a trail.

Explore Nature!

Our youth programs require many volunteers to help with special events and nature programs. If you enjoy nature and children…this may be the perfect opportunity. Available volunteer opportunities are: Nature Camp Assistant • Trail Patrol • Nature Center Ambassador • Seamstress for Costumes & Crafts • Animal Caregiver at Nature Centers • Survey Taker.

Special Event Opportunities

Cincinnati Mayor's Corporate Challenge

Since its inception in 2007, many companies have sent thousands of employees to urban parks and greenspace areas as well as the downtown Cincinnati area, including Washington Park in Over-The-Rhine, the waterfront parks, Smale Riverfront Park, Eden Park and more! Volunteers come from corporations such as GE Aviation, The Home Depot, Duke Energy, Ethicon Endo Surgery, Humana, Toyota, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, U.S. Bank, Kao USA Inc, The Nielsen Company, and many, many more to dig in, clean up downtown, and make a big difference!

River Grill before the Big Chill 2015 - www.cincyrivergrill.com

If you want to volunteer at an event that is smoky, sweet and savory…then River Grill before the Big Chill is the event for you! River Grill is a KCBS sanctioned barbeque competition and music festival that takes place on the waterfront in the fall season.

If you would like to volunteer for any of the above volunteer opportunities, please contact Cheryl Lackey, Volunteer Coordinator 513-357-2614 or cheryl.lackey@cincinnati-oh.gov

Other Opportunities

Krohn Conservatory

Whether you prefer working with our tropical plant collection, pricing our Gift Shop merchandise or helping out at the annual Butterfly Show, certainly you will find one of our many opportunities enjoyable! Available volunteer opportunities are: Horticulture Helpers • Office Assistants • Ambassadors • Tour Guides/Interpreters • Craft Room Attendants.

For opportunities at Krohn Conservatory, please contact Sarah Schmalz, Volunteer & Tour Coordinator, sarah.schmalz or call 513-421-4086.