Roanoke Master Gardener Volunteer Agreement

If accepted into the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program, I agree to:


  1. For trainees: Attend all required training sessions and make up any missed sessions if applicable.  Commit to complete the training and 50 hours minimum volunteer hours as an EMG Intern within 18 months of completion of training. 

  1. For active EMGs: Complete 20 hours minimum volunteer hours and 8 hours of continuing education in order to remain as an Extension Master Gardener.

  2. Share unbiased, research-based horticulture information approved by Virginia Tech/Virginia State/Virginia Cooperative Extension.

  3. Adhere to the printed recommendations provided by the Extension specialists at Virginia Tech and published as The Pest Management Guide for Home Grounds and Animals (PMG) when providing chemical pest control recommendations.

  4.  Refer all questions regarding commercial crop production or pest control of such crops to the Extension Agent.

  5. Not use my EMG nametag, certificate, or title in direct or implied endorsement of any product or service or for personal financial gain.

  6. Acknowledge that I have received an explanation of the Virginia Tech/VCE liability coverage for volunteers. I understand that any medical problem arising from volunteer work for Virginia Tech/VCE is my responsibility through my personal health care coverage and I will file any claim with my own personal insurance.

  7. Not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

  8. Acknowledge that I am volunteering for and thereby represent the local Extension Unit with the understanding that the local VCE Agent or Representative is ultimately responsible for all locally approved EMG projects and continuing education credits.

  9. Abide by policies, procedures, and guidelines of the EMG Program as outlined in Chapter 1 of The EMG Training Handbook.

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