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

4-H Volunteers

Applications accepted year round

As needed

As needed