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Application Information

Thanks for considering the Colorado State Extension Master Gardener (CMG) Apprentice program. Apprentices are our CMG’s in training.

What to know before you apply:


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 or you can inquire with your local county contact.
  • Initial horticulture training (called ‘Green School’) 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 ensure they are accepting volunteers.
  • If your county is not listed in the online application, then your county is not currently accepting applicants.
  • CSU requires all volunteers are background checked. Information is in the application.
  • The application will take ~20-30 minutes to complete and must be done in one sitting.
  • We require future and current volunteers familiarize themselves with CSU’s policies and guidelines:
    • We proudly uphold the CSU Principles of Community.
    • Colorado State Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Agreement and Code of Conduct
    • CSU’s Minors’ Policy
    • Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions.

What to expect after submitting your application:

  • Your local county program contact will be in touch after applications close.
  • Interviews may be required and are scheduled locally. Volunteer interviews are used 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 initiated and tracked in your local county.
  • Now you can sit back, relax and follow us on Instagram @coloradomastergardeners
  • Thanks for applying!