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Application for 2019 UCCE Master Gardener Training - Fresno County Residents


Note:  This application is for Fresno County residents only.   The training will  take place in Fresno at the UC Center on Shaw Avenue across from Fashion Fair Shopping Mall.  Upon completion of the 16-week course and the required additional 50 hours of hands-on training outside of the classroom, your appointment as a UCCE Master Gardener will be in Fresno County. 

I wish to submit my application to be considered for enrollment in the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener training program.  My residence address determines my county appointment to the UCCE Master Gardener Program, Fresno County.  I understand that if I am accepted and complete the course by passing an open-book examination by 70%, I will become a certified First Year UCCE Master Gardener volunteer.  I understand there are training requirements, in addition to the 16 weeks of class,  that I must complete to qualify to move forward beyond First Year status.  I understand that submitting my application is the first step and that I must also attend the Meet the Master Gardeners informational meeting in my county of residence to sign up for an interview and move forward in the process.

I understand the following conditions:

  • I must attend all 16 weeks of class, beginning January 3, 2019, on Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Only one unplanned absence is permitted and must be made up.
  • In exchange for the training made possible by the University of California, I must complete 50 qualifying hands-on training (HOT) volunteer hours in the UCCE Master Gardener program within 18 months of beginning the program, and no later than June 30, 2020.  Thereafter, the fiscal year requirement is 25 Volunteer hours (VOL) and 12 Continuing Education (CE) hours. 
  • There are Master Gardener events for which I should be prepared to be available as a volunteer docent, including the annual garden tour in April. 
  • The primary method of communication outside of class is digital, and I must have a functioning email address and access to the Internet to receive weekly class communications, complete class assignments, sign up for required hands-on trainings and to receive weekly and monthly Master Gardener communications dispensed by email.
  • I am required to log my training hours on-line via the UCCE Master Gardener Volunteer Management System (VMS), for which I will be trained. 
  • Required hands-on training modules may involve prolonged walking and standing. 

I understand that if I am selected, I must undergo a DOJ background check that requires fingerprinting at a cost to me of approximately $20, the results of which must be received in the UCCE office by December 1, 2018.   I further understand that if I am selected, there will be a fee of $250 for classroom rental, textbook, materials, certified MG badge, speaker expenses, refreshments, etc., which must be paid by December 1, 2018, by check or on-line by credit card.

I understand that the goal of the UCCE Master Gardener Program is to deliver University of California science-based gardening information to the public and that I must follow University of California policies and procedures while acting as a Master Gardener.


In compliance with the California Information Practices Act of 1977, the following information is provided:  The information on this form is being requested by the university of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) for use in the UCCE Master Gardener Program.  The individual completing this form may make inquires concerning use of the information collected and may ask to review the form as well as other non-confidential personal information maintained on record by contacting the local UCCE County Director, Advisor, UC Master Gardener Program, 2801 2nd Street, Davis, CA  95618-7779.
Information on this form is being requested under the authority of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 covering Cooperative Extension activities and Article IX, Section 9 of the State of California Constitution covering the University of California.  Ethnic information is requested to maintain compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and sex information is requested to maintain compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  Statistical information on this form is being collected to satisfy the U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Service reporting requirements for Affirmative Action and the Federal affirmative Action Program Report.  Statistical information includes sex, ethnic information and residence location.  Submission of the above noted information is voluntary and if the information is not submitted by the source, the county master gardener staff may use his or her judgment to complete the information and satisfy Federal reporting requirements.  Other personal information on this form is being collected to provide the County Extension Master Gardener staff with information to assist in program planning.  This information consists of name, address, phone and email in addition to your skill set assessment. 

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, status as a protected veteran or service in the uniformed services (as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 [USERRA]), as well as state military and naval service.  University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State an Federal laws.  Inquiries regarding the University's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Contact and Title IX Officer, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA  95618, (530) 750-1318.




Please list your volunteer history.  Type of volunteer activity you participated in can include leadership, projects, fundraising, schools, service clubs (i.e. Rotary, etc.), church groups, senior citizens, youth groups, etc.













Briefly answer the following questions.

Check your availability to volunteer in the following list.  Check all that apply.




Check your responses above for completeness and be certain you have answered all questions. Check your email address entry for accuracy to ensure that you receive a confirmation of receipt of your application. When you click the Submit Your Application button below, you will complete Step 1.