- Author: Marisa Coyne
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.
Despite significant challenges brought on by COVID-19, the UC Master Gardener Program continued to support its communities. Thanks to the efforts of UC Master Gardener Program volunteers:
- Orange County improved recruitment efforts resulting in the largest trainee class in its county history – led by Gardener with Heart, Heather Hafner.
- Los Angeles County improved farmer's market and public event outreach to Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking Angelenos – led by Gardener with Heart, Jennifer Kwoon.
- Solano County strengthened a relationship with a local resource conservation district and nature center, encouraging residents to move their bodies during the shelter-in-place period – led by Gardener with Heart, Tina Paris.
UC Master Gardener Program volunteers can build on their excellent work during the 2020-21 program year by reappointing for 2021-22. Annual reappointment is required 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 coordinator, advisor, or county director. Reappointment takes place from June 1 through July 31. The process for reappointment can be done in 4 easy steps!
Step One: Select "Please Complete!" in VMS
• Log into VMS, https://vms-mg.ucanr.edu
• Select "Please Complete!" under "Reappointment" in right column of your VMS home screen
Once you complete reappointment, the reappointment window will no longer appear on your VMS screen.
Step Four: 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 collected locally by 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 local county requirements and, if required, how to submit payment.
Reappointment Tips and FAQs: Below please find a few examples of commonly asked reappointment questions. Learn more by reviewing the 'Step-by-Step Guide to Completing Reappointment (for Volunteers).'
Q1: Who must complete the reappointment process?
The reappointment process is mandatory for all UC Master Gardeners with the following status and achievement including:
Active AND Limited Active
- First Year Master Gardener
- Master Gardener
- Gold Badge
- Platinum Badge
Q2: I did not complete my minimum required volunteer and continuing education hours during the 2020-21 program year. Am I still eligible for reappointment?
Volunteers always have the option of reappointing even if they have not completed the mandatory minimum volunteer and continuing education hours. Individual circumstances may vary. Read through the options below and connect with local UC Master Gardener Program personnel to determine which action is most appropriate for your situation:
- Volunteers may select the "Not Completed Hours, Seeking Reappointment" option when completing their reappointment process. These volunteers work with their coordinators to makeup hours, as appropriate during the subsequent program year.
- COVID-19 continues to have an impact on planned activities across the state. As a result, the UC Master Gardener Program created some hours flexibility for the 2020-2021 program year. Because COVID-19 affected programs differently at the local level, use of the hour flexibility is at the discretion of the local program. Volunteers should contact their county personnel to learn more.
- Finally, some volunteers may be experiencing barriers to participation that will not immediately resolve. These volunteers will select the "Seeking Limited Active status" option when completing their reappointment process. Limited Active volunteers must complete reappointment (including submission of their insurance fee), but are not required to complete hours during their Limited Active year. Per 2021 statewide guidance, reappointment to limited active status may exceed one year with no expectation of 'making up' hours once back on active status.
Q3: How many hours do I need to volunteer for reappointment?
The minimum hours required to remain an active 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 (with no continuing education requirement) during their first full year as UC Master Gardener Program volunteers. The expected completion date for these initial hours may have shifted due to COVID-19. Volunteers should contact their county personnel to learn more.
Please contact your local UC Cooperative Extension program coordinator, advisor or county director for more information about hours flexibility being offering for the 2021-21 program year.
Q4: What is the date range for calculating hours for reappointment?
Hours should be reported for the period of July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.
Q5: Where do I send my payment?
Please check with your local UC Cooperative Extension program coordinator, advisor or county director about where and how to submit payment. The statewide office does not collect fees or payments directly from volunteers for reappointment.