UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County

Overview of 2018 Volunteer Training Program

Orientation Meeting, October 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. or October 30, 2017 at 10 a.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 orientation to learn about the UCCE Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, your participation requirements, and the training requirements. Two orientations are scheduled, October 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. or October 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Placerville. Only one orientation needs to be attended, however it is required that all applicants attend. RSVP online at http://ucanr.edu/rsvp_information_mtg or to Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528 or rkcleveland@ucanr.edu.
  • Complete and submit the online application by November 10, 2017 http://ucanr.edu/mg_trn_application

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 November 15-20. 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 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

  • By December 15, 2017 pay course fee of $200 online (note 4% processing fee assessed for online payment) 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 December 20, 2017.
  • Attend 15 weekly classes on Thursdays, January 11 through April 19, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 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 tbcelio@ucanr.edu