NC State Extension Publications

A-1: Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Student

Purpose

Between the time they are accepted into the program and the time they graduate from the class, individuals are called “MGV students.” The course is designed to provide training in horticulture and the variety of skills students will need to become effective MGVs.

Nature and Scope

Students are expected to attend all trainings, participate in all fieldtrips, complete all assignments, and pass the final exam.

Requirements

MGV students should be

  • able to participate fully in the training program provided for North Carolina MGVs;
  • willing and able to return a county-specific number of public educational service hours within a predetermined time frame;
  • willing to follow the North Carolina MGV policies and procedures, including record keeping requirements and responding to reasonable requests for volunteer services;
  • willing to abide by Extension’s pest management recommendations, giving clients a range of possible options that include cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical controls;
  • able to communicate effectively with the public by telephone, personal contact, group contact, or in writing;
  • interested in basic gardening or other horticulture-related areas; and
  • able to work with adults and youth to share home gardening information.

Supervision

The Extension staff in charge of the local EMG program oversees training of MGV students.

Photo of master gardener volunteers in Gaston County

NC State MGVs in Gaston County.

N.C. Cooperative Extension

A-2: Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Intern

Purpose

Once students graduate from the EMG initial training, they are considered interns until they earn their badge. During this time, they gain hands on experience in horticulture, Extension management and record keeping, as well as program requirements. They also gain experience working with the MGVs and staff.

Nature and Scope

Interns are expected to gain experience by volunteering in a wide variety of the components of the EMG program. Usually an MGV or an Extension staff member supervises interns as they begin work in each area.

Requirements

EMGV interns are expected to

  • graduate from the EMG initial training;
  • be able to participate fully in the training program provided for North Carolina MGVs;
  • be willing and able to provide a county-specific number of hours of volunteer service and hours of continuing education;
  • be willing to follow the North Carolina EMG policies and procedures, including record keeping requirements and responding to reasonable requests for volunteer services;
  • be willing to abide by Extension’s pest management recommendations, giving clients a range of possible options that include cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical controls;
  • be able to communicate effectively with the public by telephone, personal contact, group contact, or in writing;
  • have an interest in basic gardening or other horticulture-related areas; and
  • be able to work with adults and youth to share home gardening information.

Supervision

The Extension staff in charge of the local EMG program oversees and coordinates the activities of MGV interns.

Photo of a cake saying "congratulations master gardeners"

When EMGV students graduate from the course they become interns.

N.C. Cooperative Extension

A-3: Certified Master Gardener Volunteer

Purpose

To provide public education in gardening and environmental stewardship based on researched-based information from NC State Extension and other universities to address such critical issues as enhancing natural resources and environmental stewardship, sustaining vibrant communities, and improving the health and wellness of North Carolina residents.

Nature and Scope

North Carolina MGVs extend the reach and expand the impact of Extension faculty and staff connecting with more people by providing more horticulture programs and more home gardening information.

North Carolina MGVs provide educational programs, advice, and answers to questions on home gardening and landscape maintenance, pest management, composting, and related topics. This educational outreach is accomplished through various formal and informal activities, including plant clinics, telephone and personal contacts, demonstrations, classes, written material, school programs, demonstration gardens, public meeting, and tours.

Requirements

Certified MGVs should be

  • able to participate fully in the training program provided for North Carolina MGVs;
  • willing and able to provide a county-specific number of hours of volunteer service and hours of continuing education;
  • willing to follow the North Carolina EMG policies and procedures, including record keeping requirements and responding to reasonable requests for volunteer services;
  • willing to abide by Extension’s pest management recommendations, giving clients a range of possible options that include cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical controls;
  • able to communicate effectively with the public by telephone, personal contact, group contact, or in writing;
  • interested in basic gardening or other horticulture-related areas; and
  • able to work with adults and youth to share home gardening information.

Supervision

The Extension staff in charge of the local EMG program oversees and coordinates the activities of MGVs.

Photo of master gardener volunteers

Western region MGVs.

N.C. Cooperative Extension

Photo of master gardener volunteers

Western region MGVs.

N.C. Cooperative Extension

A-4: Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Emeritus

Purpose

To continue to include MGVs who are no longer able to contribute volunteer service.

Nature and Scope

Those who are designated MGV emeritus are afforded all opportunities of MGVs, but they do not have to submit volunteer service or continuing education hours.

Requirements

The requirements for MGV emeritus include the following:

  • a distinguished career as an MGV
  • health conditions that preclude active involvement in the program

Supervision

The Extension staff in charge of the local EMG program oversees and coordinates the activities of MGV Emeritus.

Author

Extension Urban Horticulture Specialist
Horticultural Science

Publication date: May 29, 2019
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