Become A Master Gardener

Classes are held once a year, beginning sometime between January and March. Contact your local county extension office to determine the training location closest to you. Enrollment may be limited based on available space.

Attendance is required for a minimum of 40 hours of education. Volunteers are considered Master Gardener Interns after they have completed the 40 hours of educational training and passed an open-book test with a 70% or better. A volunteer becomes a University of Nebraska Extension Master Gardener after 40 hours of volunteer activities is completed. This title is retained until the training sessions begin again the following year.

Returning Master Gardeners must complete a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education and 20 hours of volunteer activities each year to remain active.

Applications for the 2018 Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program are now closed. We will post the application when we begin taking volunteers again for 2019

Master Gardener Position Description & Volunteer Opportunities

For all Counties and the Campus program:
(For Lancaster and Douglas/Sarpy see individual application options below)
Please fill out this online application
In Lancaster County:

Complete this application for the Lancaster County Extension office program.
(This is the daytime program in Lancaster County)

In Douglas/Sarpy County:

NOTE: Applicants from Douglas/Sarpy DO NOT use these application forms. (Please see times for informational meetings.)

Applications are made available only at Master Gardener informational meetings. These meetings are designed to inform the public about the qualifications necessary to be accepted into the internship program. Master Gardener Intern applicants must attend one of these meetings:

For more information on the Douglas/Sarpy Program download the program brochure (708 KB)

Date: November 13,2018 - 6:30 PM
UNL Douglas/Sarpy Extension central office,
8015 West Center Road, Omaha.*

Date: November 15, 2018 - 1 PM
Sump Memorial Library, Papillion,
222 N. Jefferson (N. Washington & 2nd St.) *
*Times and locations subject to change.

Applicants will be interviewed at a later date. Twenty-five applicants are selected annually to intern in the Douglas/Sarpy County Master Gardener Program.

For more information call 444-7804.
Kathleen Cue, Master Gardener Program Coordinator