UC Master Gardener Program
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UC Master Gardener Program

Reappointment begins June 1 2020

It's reappointment time for the UC Master Gardener Program! Before the reappointment process begins we would like to say thank you. Our dedicated volunteers are the heart of the UC Master Gardener Program. You make our program impact possible. We hope you'll join us for another year of extending research-based home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape information to Californians. 

We realize the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on planned spring activities across the state. After thoughtful consideration to the current crisis, volunteers who choose to remain active and reappoint will be approved, regardless of the number of volunteer or continuing education hours completed this year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). Further, volunteers will not be responsible for making up any incomplete volunteer and continuing education hours in the following program year. See Q2 in the quick tips and FAQ section of this blog for instructions on how to complete reappointment if you have not completed your hours. Please note that all volunteers are still required to log completed hours in VMS, even if the number of completed hours falls short of program requirements.

Annual reappointment is a requirement for all volunteers working with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). Please read this update thoroughly and direct any questions regarding the reappointment process to your program's UC Master Gardener Coordinator, Advisor, or County Director. Reappointment will be taking place from June 1 through July 31, 2020, across the state of California. The process for reappointment can be done in 3 easy steps!

 

Step One: Select “Please Complete!” in VMS

• Log into VMS, vms-mg.ucanr.edu/
• Select “Please Complete!” under "Reappointment" in right column of your VMS home screen

 

Step Two: Complete all three sections to fulfill county requirements for participation

  

Step Three “A”: Verify Date Completed Displays and Print a Copy for your Records

 

Once you complete reappointment, the reappointment window will no longer appear on your VMS screen.

 

Step Three “B”: Submit Insurance Fee (if required in your county)

The UC Master Gardener Program requires a $6.00 fee to cover accident and injury insurance. This fee is either collected locally county personnel, paid for by county fundraising, or combined with a county membership fee. All active, limited-active volunteers should contact their local UC Cooperative Extension program Coordinator, Advisor or County Director for more information about their county requirements and, if required, how to submit a payment.

 


Quick Tips and FAQ's:

Q1: Who must complete the reappointment process?
The reappointment process is mandatory for all UCCE Master Gardeners with the following status and achievement including:

Active AND Limited Active

• First Year Master Gardener
• Master Gardener
• Gold Badge
• Platinum Badge

 

Q2: What should I do if I was unable to complete my volunteer hours or continuing education hours as a result of Covid-19?
When prompted, select the “Not Completed Hours, Seeking Reappointment” dropdown option. In the optional description text box, write “Covid-19.” All volunteers must complete reappointment in order to remain active or limited active in the UC Master Gardener Program. Volunteers will not be responsible for making up any incomplete volunteer and continuing education hours in the following program year.

 

Q3: How many hours do I need to volunteer for reappointment? 
The minimum hour requirements have been waved for this reappointment year, see Q2 above.  The minimum hours required to remain a certified UC Master Gardener volunteer are:

• 25 hours - Volunteer
• 12 hours - Continuing education

Note: First-year UC Master Gardener volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 50 volunteer hours (no continuing education requirement) before the next certification cycle.

 

Q4: What is the date range for calculating hours for reappointment? 
Hours should be reported for the period of July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

 

Q5: Where do I send my payment?
Please check with your county Coordinator, Director, or Advisor about fees and where and how to submit payment. The statewide office does not collect fees or payment directly from volunteers for reappointment. You can find contact information for county personnel here.

 

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:36 PM
  • Author: Marisa Coyne
  • Author: Lauren Snowden

Comments:

1.
I signed the reappointment forms on line. What dues and fees do I need to submit and where do I send the check?

Posted by Brian Paulsen on June 1, 2020 at 8:34 AM

2.
Brian,  
Thanks for writing. Reappointment fees are paid in the county in which you volunteer. Please check with your county Coordinator, Director or Advisor about where and how to submit payment. (See the link in section 3B of this blog post for county contact information). The statewide office does not collect fees or payment directly from volunteers for reappointment.  
Best,  
Marisa

Reply by Marisa A Coyne on June 1, 2020 at 11:13 AM

3.
I filled in the reappointment form on line. However, I marked "trainee" instead of volunteer. Is there a way to change my answer?

Posted by Diane Richmond on June 1, 2020 at 11:37 AM

4.
Diane,  
Thank you for writing and congratulations! We welcome you to the UC Master Gardener Program as a First-Year Volunteer. Please reach out to your local program coordinator, asking them to reset your reappointment terms. This will allow you to re-complete reappointment. Be sure to select your new/correct achievement level - First Year Master Gardener.  
Have a great day.  
Best,  
Marisa

Reply by Marisa A Coyne on June 1, 2020 at 11:58 AM

5.
I hope I chose the correct category for my reassignment app. I chose 'completed hours' because we were told we could be re-appointed without meeting the required hours because of the covid-19. I had 17 volunteer hours and 8 continued education hours in reality.

Posted by Linda J Vaughan on June 5, 2020 at 7:34 PM

6.
Linda,  
Thank you for writing and thank you for reappointing. Although all UC Master Gardener Volunteers are welcome to remain ACTIVE, regardless of their ability to complete mandatory minimum hours this program year, we do need to collect accurate information in order to understand how covid-19 is impacting volunteers. Please reach out to your local program coordinator, asking them to reset your appointment terms. This will allow you to re-complete reappointment. Be sure to select "NOT completed hours and seeking reappointment." In the description box, you can enter "covid-19."  
Thanks again and have a wonderful day.  
Best,  
Marisa

Reply by Marisa A Coyne on June 6, 2020 at 10:23 AM

7.
Hi,  
I cannot find the insurance link to pay my $6.00. Can you please let me know where that is? Thank you.  
Jennifer

Posted by Jennifer Seibel on June 8, 2020 at 10:04 PM

8.
Jennifer,  
Thanks for writing. Reappointment fees are paid in the county in which you volunteer. Please check with your county Coordinator, Director, or Advisor about where and how to submit payment. (See the link in section 3B of this blog post for county contact information). The statewide office does not collect fees or payment directly from volunteers for reappointment.  
Best,  
Marisa

Reply by Marisa A Coyne on June 9, 2020 at 6:46 AM

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