Apply for Travis County Master Gardener Training
The Travis County Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Travis County AgriLife Extension Service, assisting in Extension’s mission to disseminate research-based horticultural and environmental knowledge among the citizens of Central Texas.
Training to become a Travis County Master Gardener volunteer is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service a maximum of once per year, but not necessarily held every year. The limited number of spaces in the program will be filled based on assessment of the applications and personal interviews.
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There are four steps for acceptance into the Travis County Master Gardener Training program: attend an information session, submit an application, have application approved, and then interview for a position with the selection committee.
Applications Available at Information Session
In order to receive an application, you must attend one of our information sessions. We will post the dates when they become available, and notify you by email if you have added your name to our list.
At the information session, we will cover the details of the program, and answer any questions that you may have. You will receive a program application at your information session. Applications are not available elsewhere.
After reviewing the applications, the selection committee chooses 40 applicants for interviews. A maximum of 20 applicants receive admission into the program.
The fee for the Master Gardener program in Travis County is $250, payable upon acceptance into the program.
Criminal Background Check Required
A criminal background check is required of all Extension volunteers, including Master Gardeners. Therefore, as a matter of policy, criminal background checks occur on all persons accepted into the Master Gardener training program, and every three years thereafter.
The course normally meets virtually once a week using Zoom or WebEx meeting apps. Additional training is scheduled as needed (or allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions) at the Travis County Extension office, 1600 Smith Rd, Austin, 78721. At this time the course meets on week days during office hours.
If you are accepted into the training program, complete the classroom training, and pass the final exam at the end of the course, you will be required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service by July 31 of the following year. Your volunteer hours are with various Extension-approved projects as explained during the program.
Participants earn the title “Texas Master Gardener” after they have completed the training course, passed the final exam, and fulfilled their volunteer commitment.
More information about Master Gardeners is available on the Texas Master Gardener Association web page.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas cooperating.
Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County at 512-854-9600 ten working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.