Dakota County 4-H and University of Minnesota Extension

Dakota County Extension Office - University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners

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General Description

If you have a love of gardening, a desire for learning and a will to share your knowledge with others, consider becoming a University of Minnesota Master Gardener in Dakota County.



Applications for new 2020 Master Gardeners are now available! You can complete the online form or download the PDF form and submit to the address listed online.  Application deadline is October 1, 2019.



You will be asked to participate in an interview with our selection team and complete a volunteer background check.  We may not be able to select all applicants.



Those selected begin a year as a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Intern.  Interns must complete the Extension Master Gardener Core Course that begins January 2020.  The course is taught online or in-person at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Instructors are University of Minnesota Extension educators and faculty.  Topics include soils, entomology, gardening resources, diagnostics, trees, herbaceous plants, lawn care, plant pathology, and more. All selected interns must register for the Core Course by December 1, 2019. 


The Extension Master Gardener calendar year is January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. During the year, interns must complete 50 hours of approved volunteer work on educational projects, usually together with other active Master Gardeners.  Through the year interns report their volunteer hours online into the Extension Master Gardener database.  All hours must be reported by December 31. Upon successful completion of the internship year, the intern becomes a certified Extension Master Gardener, receiving a certificate and official badge.


Remaining Certified

Once certified, Extension Master Gardeners in Dakota County must volunteer a minimum of 25 hours and receive at least 5 hours of approved continuing education each year in order to maintain their certified, active Extension Master Gardener status.If combining your passion for people and plants sounds appealing, come grow with us! Remember, a formal education in horticulture isn’t necessary.  We provide the training and resources to help you teach others.


Activity Level

ActiveActive - Involves physical exertion for an extended period of time; can involve rough, uneven or steep terrain. Not recommended for volunteers with physical limitations. Work will include hiking off pathways or trails on uneven surfaces. You will be working outside in the elements, so please dress accordingly. Comfortable shoes and anti-bug clothing recommended.

Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Tuesday, October 01, 2019 and Thursday, December 31, 2020