Central Sierra
University of California
Central Sierra

2019 Amador MG Training

Training begins in January 2019

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. UCCE 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 Amador or El Dorado County may apply for the annual training program. First priority is for residents of the hosting county.
  • Applicants need internet access. Most communication will be through email and websites. Weekly class quizzes and homework will be online.

How to Apply

  • Attend on of 2 orientation dates (mandatory)
    • Tuesday, October 16 at 5pm, or
    • Tuesday, October 30 at 11am
    • Location: Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson
  • Online application is due November 9, 2018. (Closed)

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) passion for helping home gardeners, 4) experience successfully gardening.
  • Conduct interviews during December. We will contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status.
  • A background check, including fingerprinting, is required to become a Master Gardener. If you are accepted, we will email you a Live Scan form and list of Live Scan locations.
  • Teach you how to research garden issues successfully. 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 plenty of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities.

Important Dates

10/16: Orientation
10/30: Orientation
*Attending one of these meetings is mandatory.

Training Fee: $200 (includes books & materials)

11/9:  Applications due
11/19: 11/23 - Interviews
12/14: Training Fee due
12/21: Live Scans completed

Training begins:


TBA: Fieldtrip to Davis

Information or Questions

Contact Tracy Celio

530-621-5532 or tbcelio@ucanr.edu.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

  • By TBD 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.
  • By TBD, mail the Live Scan form, completed by the Live Scan operator to Robin Cleveland at the above address. Once accepted, see the Live Scan Process Webpage for instructions, downloading the form and completing the process.
  • Attend 15 classes: Tuesdays, beginning in January. Classes will be in Jackson. Only one class may be missed.
  • Answer gardening questions at farmers markets, at the county fair and other local events, at the Master Gardener office, at the upcoming Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, or at public classes. Help with program activities offered through a variety of internal committees.
  • 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 meetings as often as possible.

What You’ll Get

  • Multiple University of California publications including the California Master Gardener Handbook; discounts on other UC publications.
  • Certificate of Completion of Class Instruction after completing the 15-week training program and passing the take-home, open-book examination.
  • Monthly Continuing Education meetings with speakers and activities on in-depth gardening topics.
  • Frequent notifications of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities and other program information.
  • Annual recertification as an active MG after you post online at least 50 Volunteer hours by June 30, 2020. (Future years’ annual requirements are 25 Volunteer and 12 Continuing Education hours.)
  • Joy and satisfaction that you're helping other gardeners grow more nutritious vegetables and fruits, you’re making new friends, and working with others to help create a more sustainable environment.

For more information, contact Tracy Celio at 530-621-5532 or tbcelio@ucanr.edu.

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