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Hancock & Washington Counties Master Gardener Volunteers

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We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Course.  The deadline of December 27th has passed. 

 

Thank you for your interest in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers Program. Master Gardener Volunteers are truly special people dedicated to sharing their horticultural knowledge and skills with their community.

Participants are selected through an application process.
Please read the following information thoroughly before submitting your application.

2018 Hancock/Washington Counties Master Gardener
Volunteers Program

The Hancock/Washington County Master Gardener Volunteers program provides 18 weeks of training in horticulture and volunteerism.   Our goal is to prepare you to effectively volunteer on a gardening-related community project for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  In doing so, you will hone your gardening skills while giving back to your community!

In Hancock and Washington Counties, there are between ten and fifteen different predetermined Master Gardener Volunteer projects each year.  You are expected to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours on an existing MGV project within one year of completing the training in order to become certified as a Master Gardener Volunteer. 

The nature of these community volunteer projects is as follows:

  • grow organic vegetables in community gardens for food pantries, soup kitchens, and limited income housing facilities (Ellsworth, Seal Harbor, Hancock, Cherryfield)
  • care for and conduct educational outreach from public ornamental gardens (native plant or pollinator gardens in Ellsworth, Blue Hill or Southwest Harbor)
  • conduct children’s gardening programs (Mount Desert, Eastbrook)
  • glean produce from farms and deliver it to hunger relief organizations (throughout Hancock and Washington Counties)
  • plan and lead public workshops on relevant gardening topics for small groups
  • conduct inventories of and eradicate invasive plant species from local natural areas.

Training Schedule & Requirements

The 2018 training will be held at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth. Classes are held every Friday from January 19 through May 18, 8:30 a.m. – noon.  There may also be 2 additional Tuesday evening classes (held as snow dates: April 17th & April 24th, 5-8 pm).  If you commit to this program, you are expected to attend at least 80% of the 18 classes, pass the final exam, and work actively on an established Master Gardener Volunteer project for at least one year following completion of the training.

Training Schedule  → Open Here

Training Manual

The Maine Master Gardener Training Manual is an online resource that requires a reliable Internet connection. It contains a collection of bulletins, instructional videos, chapters, and links that have been carefully selected to provide you with timely, in-depth, and applied information. The online format will allow you to access new and updated materials long after your training.

Program Fee

The Maine Master Gardener Volunteers Training fee is $220.  This fee will be due upon acceptance to the program, and before the first class.  Instructions to make your online payment will be sent once you’ve been notified of acceptance into the program.  Partial scholarships will be made available on a case-by-case basis.  If you are in need of financial assistance, please check off the appropriate box on the application.

Background Check

It is the University of Maine’s policy to conduct a background check on those who have direct responsibility for the care, safety, and security of community members or property and the care, safety, and security of minors (under 18), the elderly, incapacitated persons, or persons with developmental disabilities who participate in University sponsored programs. Master Gardener Volunteers’ projects are diverse in scope and there are many occasions where Master Gardener Volunteers do take on this level of responsibility. It is for that reason we conduct background checks on all volunteers. If you are accepted into the program, Extension staff will provide you with the necessary URL for the background check. The Human Resources Department handles the background check process and staff does not receive a copy of the results. Please be aware the any issues arising for the background check will not necessarily preclude you from participation in the program or being unable to volunteer, but it may impact which projects you are ultimately matched with. The University of Maine is committed to providing a safe environment for teaching, learning and community outreach

 

2018 Application  –

Applications are no longer being accepted at this time.

Because of the high demand and long waiting list for this program, we are only able to accept a percentage of the applicants.  Acceptance is based on complete and in depth answers to questions on the application form, so be sure to respond thoughtfully and leave no blanks.     Deadline to apply — Wednesday, December 27th  4:30 PM

 

For More Information

 

We welcome donations to support Master Gardener Volunteer activities.

Master Gardener Volunteers submit volunteer hours at this link→
Master Gardener Volunteer Hours Reporting Form

Master Gardener Volunteers Report Form button

 

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sue Baez at 1-800-287-1479  to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least seven days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

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