Become a Texas Master Gardener – Brazos County
What we do
Master Gardener is a volunteer program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The Extension Service develops volunteers to extend objective, research-based knowledge and solve problems for the citizens of Texas.
First, program participants receive relevant in-depth horticultural training from many Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialists. They provide volunteer service, staffing AgriLife Extension programming in their communities. Master Gardener volunteers serve as “horticultural docents” supervised by AgriLife Extension personnel.
It is advantageous if applicants have 1) prior community service, 2) basic gardening knowledge 3) a desire to help others garden sustainably, 4) public speaking experience, 5) worked with people of diverse backgrounds, 6) internet access.
Applications are accepted from September 1 through November 1 for the Master Gardener training in Brazos County. Upon completion of all requirements, each participant is certified as a Texas Master Gardener in January. Thereafter, Master Gardeners re-certify annually through a minimum of 25 service hours and 6 continuing education hours. Signature of this application is indication of your agreement to these standards and all requirements.
How to Apply
Step 1: Apply Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 using the online application form (see box on the left) or download and complete the pdf (see box on the left) and mail to the Brazos County Extension office (2619 Highway 21 W, Bryan, TX 77803).
Step 2: Attend orientation interview.
Step 3: If accepted, acknowledge and consent to all trainee requirements, including:
– a minimum of fifty (50) hours of classroom instruction. Training classes meet weekly, Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. January through May, except Texas A&M spring break. The course fee is $275 per person, payable in a single amount or installment plan, after acceptance into the training program. Guests (adult or children) may not attend class, due to limited space.
– write an essay
– complete satisfactorily the training course open book, final exam
– actively participate as a member of the Brazos County Master Gardener Association
– 50 service hours (15 in the demonstration garden) in Brazos County by December 1 of training year.
– A background check
Step 4: Upon meeting all requirements, certification in January, 2021, as a Texas Master Gardener
Step 5: Re-certification of a Master Gardener in Brazos County is an annual process that requires:
– 25 volunteer service hours in a calendar year
– 6 hours of continuing education credits (CEU)
– membership in good standing of the Brazos County Master Gardener Association.
Applicant Instructions – note dates:
1. By November 1, 2019, provide completed application to the Brazos County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan, TX 77803.
Email to: Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Do not include payment at this time.
3. Interview – will be scheduled after application is received.
4. Orientation – January 9, 2020, 6-7 pm, Brazos County Extension office.
5. Class begins Thursday, January 16, 2020, 9 am and meets on Thursdays 9 am – 3 pm through May 14, 2020.
I desire to be a Master Gardener volunteer in Brazos County, Texas. I recognize that Master Gardeners are trained volunteers – community educators – who share their horticultural knowledge and expertise as representatives of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. As a Master Gardener in training, I agree to:
• Join and participate in the Brazos County Master Gardener Association
• Volunteer a minimum of 50 service hours in Brazos County initiated Extension programs in 2020
• Participate in a minimum of 50 hours classroom training, including an essay and final exam
• Re-certify annually thereafter – with at least 25 service hours and 6 continuing education hours
• A background check