Become An Extension Master Gardener

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program in Loudoun County develops volunteer educators who provide the public with garden information that draws on the horticultural research and experience of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. The program is conducted through the local unit office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) – the Loudoun County Extension Office is at 30 Catoctin Circle, SE, Suite B in Leesburg (moving to Miller Drive in December 2017).  Click here for our Loudoun MG Brochure.

Join us for an Applicant Informational Meeting September 28 beginning promptly at 7pm, at our Loudoun County Extension Office, 30 Catoctin Circle, SE, Leesburg.  It will be in the lower level conference room.  

Application process closed October 16.

Applications processed in order received.  Loudoun residents get priority seating. Class fills quickly, submit early.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteers:

  • Answer horticulture and environmental questions at their Help Desk office located in the Loudoun County Extension Office and at local community functions.
  • Maintain a Demonstration and Teaching Garden at Ida Lee Park, Leesburg.
  • Promote the protection of water quality and the environment by advising on appropriate and safe use of pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Conduct education programs for diverse groups within the community on proper care of lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables

Please visit the Programs section of our website for details on all our programs.  

Who Should Apply?

Individuals should possess two attributes for acceptance into the program.

  1. An enthusiasm for learning the fundamental aspects of sustainable landscape practices.
  2. A willingness to give back to the community through volunteer efforts by supporting our programs and priority projects.  

No experience needed.  A strong background in plants/landscape – though helpful – is not necessary.

Click here for Training Requirements

Training questions can be answered by sending an email to LCMGTraining@gmail.com.  If you have a problem with this link, please copy and paste it in your web mail and send.

How Do I Apply?

Prospective candidates must follow these steps:

  1. Read, print and carry with you the VCE Master Gardener Application Letter (click link): VCE Letter. The letter explains the times, dates and requirements of the training and internship. Information is also on our website under Training Requirements. Important to know and understand.
  2. Review the descriptions of our priority projects needing volunteers: Job Descrip Priority Projects 2017 18.  We are looking for individuals interested in supporting our environmental stewardship projects to assist with water quality programs, and value of landscape projects to assist with “grow your own”.
  3. Fill out an application by following this link to our application web page.  Applications due by October 16.
  4. Interview with Master Gardeners.
  5. Provide personal references (part of application form).
  6. Undergo a background screening.  Background screenings are important to meet industry standards. Also, it protects the integrity of our agency, our volunteers, and our clients.  For more information, please see the VCE Volunteer Screening Information Brochure and the Volunteer Screening Frequently Asked Questions.

How Are Prospective Volunteers Selected?

Interviews will be held with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers at the Loudoun County Extension Office in early to mid-November. After completion of applicant interviews, a panel of Master Gardener Volunteers and Loudoun County Extension Office staff select Applicants based on an evaluation of their enthusiasm to learn, their willingness to volunteer and contribute to the Extension Master Gardener program, and their interest in promoting environmentally sound landscape management practices. Successful Applicants are admitted as Trainees once the personal references are checked and the background screening is complete.