Becoming a UC Master Gardener
Please note: The next application window will start in August 2020.
You must be a resident of Santa Clara County and at least 18 years of age.
The application process has 3 steps:
- Mandatory information session: This meeting provides an overview of the process and requirements for the program. Meetings will be held in late August and early September 2020. Details will be emailed in mid-August to people who submit their name by August 15.
- Application: A link to the application will be emailed to you following your attendance at an informational meeting.
- Interview: We review applications, interview candidates, and select people for the new class.
If you are accepted into the UC Master Gardener Program, you will be enrolled in a weekly training class held January–mid-May, 2021 (typically held on Thursdays from 9:30 am–3:30 pm). Trainees are expected to attend all training sessions.
Following the completion of training, UC Master Gardener volunteers must complete 50 hours of volunteer service during the first year in the program. In subsequent years, 25 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education are required.