Apply to Become an Extension Master Gardener

Our next volunteer training will take place in early Spring 2022. We held our Information Night on October 6th 2021, and the program was recorded via Zoom.

All applicants are required to attend the live Information Night event or to watch the recorded session (see right) prior to submitting an application. 

Our application period is now open and we will be accepting applications through Friday November 12th.  After that date, we will not be accepting any more applications for our Spring 2022 class.  Please see application details below.

Our next volunteer training class will begin on Tuesday February 8th, 2022.  The planned format for the class is a hybrid style with mainly virtual pre-recorded presentations (on a Canvas platform) and live Zoom classes on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Classes will run through April 19th.

In addition we have planned for three Saturday in-person sessions/field trips for topics that are better taught in a hands-on format, such as pruning and propagation.  Opportunities for in-person activities will be based on pandemic restrictions in place at the time.

The volunteer training program costs $255 for Arlington/City of Alexandria residents, and $305 for non-residents.  Partial scholarships are available, so please do not let cost stop you from applying.

Our application period opened on Monday, October 11, and we will accept applications through November 12, 2021.


Step 1 

On-line set up/registration through Better Impact, our volunteer management system. 

Please go to the following link to register:

When walking through the process, remember you can skip the “About You” and “Experience” sections in the Additional Info (see screenshot below of section to be skipped).  That information will be collected in our Questionnaire.  After those two sections, please continue to fill out the requested information.

Once you have completed Step 1 of the on-line application process in Better Impact, proceed to Step 2

Don’t fill this part of the application out!

Step 2

Fill out our Questionnaire AND our Volunteer Agreement.  We encourage you to provide complete answers on your Questionnaire, as we use these to select candidates to proceed to the interview phase, if we have many applicants.

If you are interested in applying for scholarship assistance, please include that optional form as well.

Submit these documents to Leslie by:

  • Emailing them in Word or .pdf version (no photos please) to Leslie Fillmore at;  or
  • Snail Mailing them to:
    VCE Arlington Office
    Attention: Leslie Fillmore
    3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington VA 22206; or
  • Dropping them off in person to above address. 
    If the office is closed, a box will be available starting Tuesday, October 12, on the small shelf by the front window of our office.

COMPLETE applications (including the on-line portion, the Questionnaire, and the Volunteer Agreement) will be accepted between October 11th through November 12th, 2021. We will begin reviewing applications as they are received, and will use them to select applicants for interviews. Zoom interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis for qualified candidates starting in mid-October, going through late November/early December.

Once all interviews have been completed, we will let you know if you have been selected into the program by early January 2022, or earlier if possible.

For more information about training or becoming an EMG, please contact our Volunteer Training Program Coordinator, Leslie Fillmore at