UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County
Overview of 2016 Volunteer Training Program
Orientation Meeting, September 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) 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 for El Dorado County residents.
· Residents of Amador County will train in El Dorado County but will be Master Gardeners in Amador County.
· Applicants need internet access; most communication will be through email and websites.
How to Apply
· Sign up on our MG Training interest list at http://ucanr.edu/be_mg.
· Attend training overview meeting to learn about the UCCE Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, your participation requirements, and the training requirements. Tuesday, September 15 from 3-5pm in Placerville. RSVP to 530-621-5528.
· Complete and submit the online application by October 1, 2015.
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 October 12-16. 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 email you a link to our Live Scan webpage for forms and a list of Live Scan locations.
· 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.
What You’ll Do If Accepted into the 2016 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
· By November 16, 2015 pay course fee of $200 online or mail a check made payable to “UC Regents” to Robin Cleveland, UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.
· Complete the fingerprinting process by November 30, 2015.
· Attend 15 weekly classes on Thursdays, January 14 through April 28, 2016, from 9am-4pm in Placerville. 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 Tracy Celio at 530-621-5532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities. (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at http://ucanr.org/sites/anrstaff/files/107734.doc.) Should you need assistance or require special accommodations for any of our educational programs, please contact us at 530-621-5502.