COVID-19 MGV Policy
Restart of MGV Volunteer Opportunities
The University of Maine System is continuing our state-wide gradual reopening process with new COVID-19 protocols and modifications in place. UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are also continuing a gradual restart process.
As we restart in-person programs and projects, all Master Gardener Volunteers who wish to become involved, must follow our COVID-19 volunteer guidelines. Master Gardener Volunteers no longer need to receive individual approval to volunteer in-person.
Master Gardener Volunteers who do not wish to volunteer in-person may continue to perform volunteer work from their own home or property on projects that have been approved by their MGV Coordinator.
Master Gardener Volunteer trainees from 2020 who are currently working towards their certification will have until the end of 2021 to complete their initial 40 hours of volunteer service. Currently active Master Gardener Volunteers will be required to complete their annual 20 hours of volunteer service by the end of the calendar year in order to maintain their certification. However, individuals may seek an exemption from this hours requirement in light of the pandemic.
Please check back regularly as this policy is subject to change, as we continue to assess the situation with COVID-19. Updates will be provided to all active Master Gardener Volunteers and partner organizations as they develop. We ALL must do our best to ensure the utmost safety among our staff, volunteers, and the communities we serve.
If you have any questions and/or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your MGV Coordinator.