Become a Master Gardener

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn university-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about gardening and landscaping.

Who can apply?

Any resident of El Dorado or Amador County. First priority is given to El Dorado County residents. Residents of Amador County will train in El Dorado County but will be Amador County Master Gardeners. Applicants need Internet access; most communication will be through e-mail and websites.

How to apply

Sign up on our MG Training interest list at ucanr.edu/be_mg.

Attend one of our training overview meetings to learn about the Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, your participation requirements and the training requirements. These meetings are offered twice: Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Placerville. RSVP by call ing (530) 621-5528.

Complete and submit the online application by Monday, Dec. 2.

What we’ll do

Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, either by giving presentations, writing or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience successfully gardening.

Conduct interviews during the week of Dec. 9. We will contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status.

Require a background check, including fingerprinting. If you are accepted, we will e-mail you a Live Scan form and list of Live Scan locations. We will also offer a Live Scan session at the El Dorado UCCE office in January.

Teach you to research home gardening solutions. Training topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable and fruit gardening, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools and outreach techniques.

Provide you with a mentor and plenty of volunteer and continuing education opportunities.

If accepted into the 2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

By Jan. 14, 2014 ,pay course fee of $185 online or mail a check made payable to “UC Regents” to Robin Cleveland, UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville 95667.

Complete the fingerprinting process by Feb. 14.

Attend 18 weekly classes on Fridays, Jan. 31 through June 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Jackson. Only one class may be missed.

Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually. Post your volunteer and continuing education hours on our online Statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions.)

Attend your county’s monthly MG Continuing Education/General meetings as often as possible.

For more information contact Robin Cleveland a (530) 621-5528 or [email protected]


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