Virginia Cooperative Extension relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. We believe that active citizen involvement in our programs makes a difference in our success. The work of volunteers at the local level helps us leverage our paid faculty and staff resources much more effectively. We welcome interested volunteers of all experience (or inexperience) levels. Although we have some drop-in volunteer opportunities, most of our volunteers get the benefit of in-depth training programs.

Check out our training calendar to find out when are trainings are normally held. You may also subscribe to find out when applications or information becomes available for a particular volunteer program.

Volunteer Group
Application Deadline
Training Dates
Training Frequency
Master Food Volunteer
Mid to late January for spring
End of August or early September for fall
Fridays in October from 9am-3pm twice a year in spring and fall
Master Naturalists
January for winter training and August for fall training
14 weeks, winter training beginning in February and fall training begins in September
twice a year in spring and fall
Master Financial Education Volunteer
Mid to end of April
Saturdays in May from 10am-4pm
once a year
Master Gardener Volunteer
Open house held in May and applications due anytime once it becomes available, class usually fills by summer so applications should be submitted as soon as possible
September to November, Tuesdays from 9am-3:30pm
once a year
Energy Masters
Applications posted early summer are accepted until the class is full
7 dates between September and January
once a year