Transferring into Maine’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in transferring to the Maine Master Gardener Volunteers program! 

  • In-state transfers: for active Master Gardener Volunteers in Maine who want to transfer to a different county: contact your current coordinator to connect you with your new County’s coordinator. 
  1. Transferees trained in another state or trained in Maine but who have not been active for a number of years: see the next steps below. 

Next Steps:

    1. Review the following program information:
      1. Master Gardener Volunteer Program Policy
      2. Information about online learning
    2. Fill out the application below. 
    3. Please ask your previous Master Gardener Coordinator to send the following information to: Information must be sent directly by the coordinator
      • Confirm the date that you successfully completed the Master Gardener training and became a certified volunteer.
      • Confirm that you are currently in good standing as a volunteer (active or recently active). 
      • Volunteer hours to date (if possible).
      • Some info about your volunteer work (types of projects). 


Application to transfer into the Maine Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Were you an active Master Gardener Volunteer in that state?(Required)
Please watch your email for information on the next steps. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive confirmation from your previous coordinator of your training and volunteer service.

Once we verify we have space in the County program we will contact you with information on how to complete the following steps:

  1. Complete our background check form. Note: The University of Maine requires UMaine Extension volunteers to have a background check every three years. The background check form requires submitting information to verify our identity, including social security number, through a secure third party site. 
  2. Register for our online training and successfully complete Module 1 to learn about being a Master Gardener Volunteer in Maine, pass all module quizzes and complete a proposal for how you plan to earn your volunteer hours. The sliding scale fee for accessing the online training is as follows:
    • $300: Full price: Suggested for those who can afford the full course fee.
    • $150: 50% discount: Suggested for those who can afford 50% of the full course fee.
    • $75: 75% discount: Suggested fee for participants for whom the full course fee would prove a barrier.