Volunteer Opportunities

Master Gardener™ Volunteer Program

As a trained Master Gardener™ volunteer, you help educate and advise other home gardeners in your community. Many people new to Lane County as well as inexperienced gardeners are interested in obtaining local gardening advice. Our informative training program focuses on such skills as diagnosing plant and insect problems, preparing soil for planting, identifying plants, and selecting ornamentals and varieties. More importantly, your knowledge gives you the confidence to share expertise with others. Being a Master Gardener™ volunteer is fun, interesting, and rewarding. You will be joining a community of like-minded, fun people, too!

Become a trained, certified OSU Extension Service Master Gardener:

  • Help home gardeners solve their plant and pest problems
  • Promote environmental responsibility through ecological garden practices including least-toxic pest control
  • Beautify the community by teaching about appropriate plants and culture for our climate
  • Work with schools and community gardens

To become a certified Master Gardener™, participants must complete training classes and 40 hours of on-the-job plant clinic training, plus 26-hours of approved volunteer service . You will have a variety of service opportunities available ranging from answering gardening questions from the public, planning a statewide conference, to working with schools and community groups. Anyone interested in horticulture can apply to the program, but you should have at least one year of practical gardening experience.

Become a Master Gardener: sign up for Master Gardener Training. Applications are available in August. Options available to take the training in the evening or daytime. Applications are located on the website extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens

Composting Specialist Volunteer Program

Join our team and learn to compost. Trained compost specialists are certified Extension volunteers who deliver hands-on learning opportunities for beginning to experienced composters in the community. After completing a 2-day training course, volunteers are asked to donate 20 hours of service to the community. There are a variety of service opportunities such as staffing booths at community events, leading demonstrations at composting sites, sharing information at local schools, and hosting workshops that cover the basics of composting, what materials to use, different techniques, and choosing a composting bin type.

The Compost Specialist Volunteer program is a cooperative effort of the Lane County office of the OSU Extension Service and the City of Eugene. Click here for registration form.

For more information on upcoming composting education events, call the OSU Extension Service, Lane County Office, Master Gardener Plant Clinic (541- 344-0265), or the City of Eugene Solid Waste and Recycling Program (541-682-5542). The City of Eugene also provides composting information online.