LMG Volunteer

Anyone with a willingness to learn and desire to help others can become a Master Gardener. Master Gardeners should be interested in horticulture, willing to help people, outgoing, flexible, dependable, unbiased and open-minded. Previous volunteer work and good verbal skills are desirable. As a trainee in the Master Gardener program, you must attend at least 80 percent of scheduled instruction, pass an open-book examination and volunteer for a minimum of 40 hours of service to earn the title of certified Louisiana Master Gardener.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Represent the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service in a professional manner.
  • Complete the agreed-upon minimum 40 hours of volunteer time within one year from the end of training.
  • Maintain a written record of volunteer activities and provide the extension agent with a monthly activity report.
  • Respect civil rights, confidences and clientele information.
  • Provide unbiased, university research-based information.
  • Follow published Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service consumer horticulture recommendations.
  • Refer all commercial horticulture calls to an extension agent.
  • Use the Master Gardener title only when assisting at extension-sponsored programs.
  • Wear a Master Gardener name badge only at scheduled or approved events.
  • Adhere to the policies regarding the Louisiana Master Gardener program.

Examples of Volunteer Service

As a Master Gardener, you have volunteered to do work related to horticulture for your local extension office. This work may consist of a variety of jobs because Master Gardeners bring a wealth of expertise to the program. If you can think of a job that will use your talents, please suggest it to the agent you’re working with. Listed here are various types of volunteer service opportunities available to Louisiana Master Gardeners:

  • Advisory committee
  • 4-H presentation coach
  • Answering telephone hotline
  • Exhibits at fair/malls/shows
  • Demonstration/teaching gardens
  • Newsletter editor
  • Master Gardener Volunteer personnel records
  • School gardens
  • Plant clinics
  • Speakers bureau
  • Office work
  • New class coordinator

Possible Volunteer Service Projects

  • Planting and maintaining demonstration areas (turf, flowers, vegetables, water conservation, native plants, etc.)
  • Working at plant clinics in the Extension office or other locations
  • Producing a home horticulture newsletter for the local area
  • Answering horticulture questions that come to the county Extension office by phone, office visitor, and letter
  • Instructing Master Gardener classes and/or labs
  • Conducting horticulture tours and contests
  • Creating and maintaining youth, community, or school gardens
  • Maintaining an office reference library
  • Compiling plant lists for specific areas
  • Writing and designing educational materials
  • Developing, setting up, and staffing educational exhibits
  • Assist with 4-H club meetings and programs
  • Serving as 4-H horticulture project leaders
  • Teaching 4-H horticulture enrichment units in local schools
  • Speaking to civic groups and garden clubs
  • Producing educational Power Point presentations
  • Conducting horticulture therapy programs at nursing homes
  • Judging horticulture exhibits or school science fair projects
  • Judging 4-H horticulture demonstrations or illustrated talks
  • Training horticulture teams for competition at 4-H University
  • Mailing newsletters, publications, and bulletins to noncommercial horticultural clientele
  • Appearing on television or radio programs to discuss home horticulture topics
  • Serve on an extension advisory committee (local or state level)

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