- Author: Marisa Coyne
- Author: Lauren Snowden
It's reappointment time for the UC Master Gardener Program! Before the reappointment process begins we would like to say thank you. Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of the UC Master Gardener Program. You make our program impact possible. We hope you'll join us for another year of extending research-based home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape information to Californians.
We realize the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on planned spring activities across the state. After thoughtful consideration to the current crisis, volunteers who choose to remain active and reappoint will be approved, regardless of the number of volunteer or continuing education hours completed this year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). Further, volunteers will not be responsible for making up any incomplete volunteer and continuing education hours in the following program year. See Q2 in the quick tips and FAQ section of this blog for instructions on how to complete reappointment if you have not completed your hours. Please note that all volunteers are still required to log completed hours in VMS, even if the number of completed hours falls short of program requirements.
Annual reappointment is a requirement for all volunteers working with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). Please read this update thoroughly and direct any questions regarding the reappointment process to your program's UC Master Gardener Coordinator, Advisor, or County Director. Reappointment will be taking place from June 1 through July 31, 2020, across the state of California. The process for reappointment can be done in 3 easy steps!
Step One: Select “Please Complete!” in VMS
• Log into VMS, vms-mg.ucanr.edu/
• Select “Please Complete!” under "Reappointment" in right column of your VMS home screen
Step Two: Complete all three sections to fulfill county requirements for participation
Step Three “A”: Verify Date Completed Displays and Print a Copy for your Records
Once you complete reappointment, the reappointment window will no longer appear on your VMS screen.
Step Three “B”: Submit Insurance Fee (if required in your county)
The UC Master Gardener Program requires a $6.00 fee to cover accident and injury insurance. This fee is either collected locally county personnel, paid for by county fundraising, or combined with a county membership fee. All active, limited-active volunteers should contact their local UC Cooperative Extension program Coordinator, Advisor or County Director for more information about their county requirements and, if required, how to submit a payment.
Quick Tips and FAQ's:
Q1: Who must complete the reappointment process?
The reappointment process is mandatory for all UCCE Master Gardeners with the following status and achievement including:
Active AND Limited Active
• First Year Master Gardener
• Master Gardener
• Gold Badge
• Platinum Badge
Q2: What should I do if I was unable to complete my volunteer hours or continuing education hours as a result of Covid-19?
When prompted, select the “Not Completed Hours, Seeking Reappointment” dropdown option. In the optional description text box, write “Covid-19.” All volunteers must complete reappointment in order to remain active or limited active in the UC Master Gardener Program. Volunteers will not be responsible for making up any incomplete volunteer and continuing education hours in the following program year.
Q3: How many hours do I need to volunteer for reappointment?
The minimum hour requirements have been waved for this reappointment year, see Q2 above. The minimum hours required to remain a certified UC Master Gardener volunteer are:
• 25 hours - Volunteer
• 12 hours - Continuing education
Note: First-year UC Master Gardener volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 50 volunteer hours (no continuing education requirement) before the next certification cycle.
Q4: What is the date range for calculating hours for reappointment?
Hours should be reported for the period of July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
Q5: Where do I send my payment?
Please check with your county Coordinator, Director, or Advisor about fees and where and how to submit payment. The statewide office does not collect fees or payment directly from volunteers for reappointment. You can find contact information for county personnel here.