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Master Gardener Intern Guidelines

Master Gardener Interns (MGI's) are those who have completed the requirements of the Core Course and are now in their initial two years of volunteer service with the program. During this two year period, Interns will complete 48 hours of volunteer service within the state of North Dakota or a county bordering ND. Certification hours must come from the three categories explained below. Continuing Education hours are NOT needed during the internship.

There are three Master Gardener Intern volunteer service categories: Community Service, Educational Service (Teaching), and Administrative Service. Master Gardener interns will be expected to report hours in at least two different categories. A minimum of 16 hours of the required 48 hours must be in a second category (or combined second and third categories).

Volunteer service hours can be logged using the 'Forms' link at the left. You CAN count drive time, set up/tear down time, and actual work/teaching time within your hourly calculation. You CAN count research/creation time for articles written, talks given, PowerPoint talks created, etc.

Volunteer Opportunity Ideas

Community Service: traditional volunteering

  • Designing, planting, and maintaining community gardens
  • Working with local businesses to design, create, and maintain planters, garden boxes, etc
  • Planting and pruning trees
  • Growing food for food pantries in dedicated community gardens
  • Donating produce from home garden to local food bank (click here for more info)

Educational Service: Interns do the teaching

  • Teaching others how to garden
  • Working with children (can be through the Junior Master Gardener Program, 4H, community schools, etc)
  • Answering gardening questions at county fairs, farmer's markets, or field days
  • Answering horticultural questions in the Extension office
  • Giving talks at an elder care facility
  • Writing newspaper articles
  • Writing articles for The Dirt
  • Writing entries for county Extension social media (Facebook)
  • Giving garden tours

Administrative Service: bookkeeping, planning, research

  • Extension Master Gardener committee membership
  • Helping organize community or Master Gardener events
  • Assisting Extension Agents in applying for horticultural grants
  • Assisting Extension Agents in research
  • Taking data on research projects
  • The "planning and plotting" stage of any planting project
  • Assisting Extension or NDSU home office with clerical tasks (shipping, sorting, filing)

Find your Intern Volunteer Hours Reporting Forms here




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