Volunteer Duties

        El Paso Master Gardener

TitleEl Paso Master Gardener Volunteer

Purpose:

To extend Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s educational programs in the areas of horticulture, gardening and small scale food production through the participation of certified Master Gardener volunteers.

Common Volunteer Duties:

Answer horticultural questions and inquiries by telephone, email, and in person at citywide venues such as farmers’ markets, garden and demonstrations.  Staff clinics, demonstrations and workshops for the general public on gardening, trees, shrubs, lawns, plants, insects and related topics.  Assist with demonstration gardens and other Master Gardener projects.

Cooperate with and assist the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service staff in preparation and production of educational resources.

Keep appropriate records.

Requirements:

Able to participate in an intensive Master Gardener horticulture training program.  Must devote a minimum of 60 hours or more of volunteer service during training/certification period and 30 hours annually thereafter.  In addition, 10 hours of re-certification education credits must be completed annually.

Must be knowledgeable and skilled in basic ornamental horticulture, gardening, and related areas following classroom training.

Able to clearly and effectively communicate with the public by telephone, personal and group contact, or through writing and correspondence.

Organization:

The Executive and Volunteer Coordination Committees of the El Paso Master Gardener Association coordinate Master Gardener activities, Committee Chairs, and Project Coordinators.   All are ultimately responsible to the local El Paso County Extension Horticultural Agent or to the County Director.  The Agent provides supervision and support, reviews and assesses work, and facilitates in-service training, workspace, telephone, and other necessary items.

The Master Gardener training program runs September through mid-November each year. Policy information for El Paso Master Gardeners is found here.

Information about the fall 2017 Master Gardening training program will be available in early June 2017. Please return to this website to learn the class dates, location, and how to apply, etc.

For more information, you may also send an email to elpasomg@ag.tamu.edu or call the Extension Office at (915) 771-2354.

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