Thanks for considering the Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) Apprentice program. Apprentices are our CMG’s in training.
What to know before you apply:
2022 APPLICATIONS OPEN SEPTEMBER 1st FOR COUNTIES ACCEPTING APPRENTICES! Applications close dates vary by county – you’re encouraged to apply early. Training for those accepted will begin mid-January 2022.
Like all programs, we have a few things you should consider if you’d like to apply.
- You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
- If you’re accepted into a program, there are training fees your first year and dues ($25-35 in most counties) required every subsequent year.
- We do offer financial need-based scholarships (reducing your fee to $100). Details are in the application.
- Initial horticulture training requires 80% minimum class completion, attending weekly live reviews plus passing the final exam with 70% or better.
- Your apprentice year requires 50 hours minimum volunteer time in your county/area CMG program by the end of the program year (October 31st).
- Our program does allow for a 2-year apprenticeship option, requiring 60 hours of volunteer service over a 2-year period and successful completion of all other requirements. This must be pre-approved by your local county staff.
What to know about the application:
- Applications are offered online. (A hardcopy may be obtained from your local county if needed.)
- Know your local county name and if they are training in the year you’re applying for.
- Not all counties accept CMG Apprentices every year! Contact your county for more information.
- Application deadlines vary by county. If your county is not listed in the online application, then your county is not currently accepting applicants.
- Note: Jefferson County is not accepting applications at this time. Boulder County is only accepting a very limited number of apprentices due to extenuating circumstances.
- We require 3 named references. Have your references’ names, phone numbers and emails handy when you apply.
- CSU requires all volunteers are background checked. Information is in the application.
- The application will take 30-60 minutes to complete and must be done in one sitting online.
- We require future and current volunteers familiarize themselves with CSU’s policies and guidelines:
What to expect after submitting your application:
- Your local county program coordinator or Horticulture agent will be in touch.
- Interviews are required by most counties and are scheduled locally. Volunteer interviews are standard to assess commitment, strengths and interests each applicant will bring to the program.
- Acceptance into a program is at the discretion of the local county staff and all volunteers must pass a criminal background check.
- Background checks are also initiated and tracked in your local county.
- Now you can sit back, relax and follow us on Instagram @coloradomastergardeners
- Thanks for applying!