Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
The UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County is Seeking New Volunteer Applicants
If you love learning and teaching about gardening, the UC Master Gardener Program of Alameda County offers the opportunity to use your enthusiasm, knowledge, and skills to serve as a volunteer in our Alameda County communities.
Register your intent by completing this form to receive more information when the mandatory information sessions begin.
Dates and Details
The training program will be held from February-June 2022, with sessions on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.
Training topics include soil and compost, insects, plant diseases, water management, and ornamental and vegetable gardening, among others.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and residents of Alameda County. Applicants must also possess the desire and ability to fulfill the volunteer commitment which is a major criterion in the selection of candidates.
How to Apply: An application for admission to the Training Program will be sent to everyone who has attended one of our mandatory virtual information sessions. The sessions for the 2022 class will be held in the beginning of November and registration notices will be sent out in late October. Register your interest to receive an invitation to attend one of the sessions.
Fees: A $310 non-refundable tuition fee covering speaker fees, books, and materials is due at the time of acceptance into the program. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Information on available scholarships will be presented at the Information Sessions.
Fingerprinting: As required by UCCE, all volunteers must submit to a background check that includes Live Scan fingerprinting. Once one has been accepted into the program, we will provide a mobile fingerprinting service during an administrative day. Trainees will be responsible for the cost of the background check, approximately $25.
Read one Master Gardener's take on the program
Read one Master Gardener's take on the program: On Being a Master Gardener.
Once trained, Master Gardeners are required to contribute 50 hours of volunteer work within the first program year. To continue to be a Master Gardener, volunteers must commit to 25 hours in each following year and take 12 hours of continuing education classes.
With the help of a Program Coordinator, the Master Gardener Program is administered by the Master Gardeners themselves. An elected Advisory Board helps guide the program to promote sustainable home landscapes in Alameda County.