Responsibilities & Rights
Responsibilities of a Wisconsin MGV
- To represent the University of Wisconsin-Extension in a professional manner.
- To accept only realistic assignments.
- To be acquainted with county Extension office procedures, Extension publications and personnel.
- To respect confidences and clientele information.
- To remain calm and courteous at all times.
- To follow guidelines outlined by the Extension agent or the local Master Gardener organization.
- To know your limitations; to be able to say “I don’t know”; to admit you can’t provide everything to everyone. Appropriately refer complex calls to Extension educators.
- To acquire and retain the knowledge, and to become familiar with the resources necessary to accomplish the assigned tasks.
- To follow through on commitments.
- To provide unbiased, research-based information from the University of Wisconsin, other Land Grant institutions, or the United States Department of Agriculture.
- To follow published UW-Extension recommendations.
- To refer all commercial horticultural calls to the respective UW-Extension agent.
- To always use tact and to give constructive advice; never be disparaging of opinions or procedures.
Rights of a Wisconsin MGV
- To be treated as a volunteer for the University of Wisconsin-Extension.
- To have a suitable and worthwhile assignment.
- To know as much as possible about the organization of Cooperative Extension, its policies, people and programs, and to be kept informed.
- To participate in activities.
- To receive quality and continual in-service training to handle assignments fully.
- To receive positive and constructive guidance and direction.
- To receive recognition and a variety of experiences.
- To be heard; to have a part in the planning process.
- To receive expressions of appreciation from professionals.
- To be free to request other assignments if there is a need in that area.
- To have access to Extension office horticultural reference materials.