Volunteer with MetroParks

Share your talents, learn new skills, and meet dedicated people like yourself through our volunteer opportunities! As a volunteer for MetroParks of Butler County, you are supporting your local recreational areas, conservation and restoration efforts, educational programs, and more for our community now and for generations to come.

Our volunteer opportunities can be as different as the MetroParks themselves! You can get involved with various ongoing and one-time opportunities as an individual volunteer or as a team. Our opportunities offer experiences in projects and programs like invasive species removal, birding hikes, farm animal care, garden management, historical research, photography at events, nature playscapes, trail maintenance, and more.

Want to learn more about our volunteer opportunities? Submit an application or contact the Manager of Volunteer Resources, Elise Moeller, at emoeller@yourmetroparks.net or 513-867-5835 ext. 221!
 

Students planting a tree

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

To learn more about or to register for these one-time events or ongoing positions, please emoeller@yourmetroparks.net or call 513-867-5835 ext. 221 unless other registration methods are listed in the opportunity descriptions!

One-time Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Cleanup with BCOHC

  • What: Join MetroParks of Butler County and Butler County's Ohio Horseman's Council for a trail cleanup! Support your local park and beautify the trails by picking up litter, cutting back brush, and more with us at Elk Creek MetroPark, Sebald Park Area.
  • Where: Elk Creek MetroPark, Sebald Park Area (5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown, OH 45042)
    • If using GPS, please type in 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown, OH 45042. Googling “Sebald Park” will send you to the incorrect location.
  • When: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • 9:30 to 10 a.m. - Social hour with doughnuts from Milton's Doughnuts
    • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Trail cleanup
  • How to Register: Registration is required for this volunteer opportunity. If you are an existing MetroParks volunteer, sign in to your volunteer profile, click on the “My Schedule” tab, click the “Help Wanted!” button on Saturday, June 4, 2022 that says "Trail Cleanup with BCOHC", and then click the “Schedule Me” button.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Community Workdays at VOA

  • What: Each third Thursday of the month, volunteers can support MetroParks staff at Voice of America MetroPark! During these volunteer days, you will assist staff with various tasks around the park, such as weeding, mulching, picking up litter, and more.
  • When: Third Thursday of the month (May through November) from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, & November 17
  • Where: Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069)
  • How to Register:
    • Log in to your volunteer profile.
    • Click the “My Schedule” tab.
    • Scroll through the months and click the “Help Wanted” button on the day(s) you would like to register for that say “Community Workday”.
    • Then click the “Schedule Me” button to confirm your registration.”

Nest Box Monitor

  • What: In collaboration with Cornell Lab’s NestWatch program, volunteers will monitor around 12 bird nest boxes and gather data regarding the birds' nesting behaviors. 
  • When: Now through August 2022; every 3 to 4 days
  • Where: Voice of America MetroPark (7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069)
  • Qualifications:
    • Able to traverse 1+ miles each monitoring session on uneven terrain and use a screwdriver to open nest boxes
    • Able to gather data and submit data through Google Sheets 
    • Available to monitor every 3 to 4 days from now through August 2022 (*Volunteers can work in groups of two for this role.*)
    • Existing passion for ornithology or newly sparked interest in birds
Nest Box Monitoring Program
Educational Docent 

Are you passionate about nature and/or history? Do you love sharing your knowledge with the community, especially the tiny future leaders of our world? If your answer is “yes” to both questions, become an Educational Docent with MetroParks of Butler County!

  • What: An Educational Docent supports MetroParks staff during Exclusive Park Experience programs for school groups, scouts, or other youth-based organizations
  • When: Mondays through Fridays during the mornings or afternoons
  • Where:
    • Pioneer History Programs: Governor Bebb MetroPark, Pioneer Village
    • Natural History Programs & Conservation Programs: Rentschler Forest MetroPark, Indian Creek MetroPark, Elk Creek MetroPark, and additional locations
    • Farm & Amish Mennonite Programs: Chrisholm MetroPark
  • Qualifications:
    • Prior knowledge of or interest in natural history, cultural history, and/or Ohio’s flora and fauna
    • Availability for 1 to 2 field trips a month on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., especially during the busy months of September, October, April, and May
    • Willingness to attend program trainings, shadow field trips, and review program curriculum with staff in preparation for field trips
    • Experience with public speaking Passion for working with kids
    • Enthusiasm about the great outdoors and history
Trail Ambassadors riding bikes

Biking Monitor, Hiking Monitor, or Trail Steward | Trail Ambassador Program (TAP)

The MetroParks Trail Ambassador Program (TAP) is intended to provide an intergenerational opportunity for interested volunteers to contribute to the community by monitoring, maintaining, and promoting the use of MetroParks trail system. The three categories of Trail Ambassadors are Biking Monitors, Hiking Monitors, and Trail Stewards

  • This program requires a 6-month commitment with a minimum of 4 hours completed per month.

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