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Volunteers are among our most treasured resources at SDSU Extension. From teaching youth about nutrition to advancing the technology skills of older generations, our volunteers bridge the gap between research and community knowledge throughout South Dakota. With over 800,000 residents to serve, we seek out passionate individuals to help us accomplish what we cannot do alone. SDSU Extension volunteers participate in a variety of service programs through our organization, helping us expand the scope and effectiveness of our mission. In exchange for their service, volunteers receive training on a wide array of topics of interest to them. 

To learn more about SDSU Extension Volunteer programs, select from the list of programs below or contact Aimee House Ladonski, SDSU Extension Volunteer Development Field Specialist (605.782.3290).

Master Volunteers

SDSU Extension trains interested citizens to become “Masters” on a variety of topics. These Master volunteers then use what they have learned to facilitate Extension educational programming in their communities - sharing their expertise and providing services to South Dakota’s citizenry.

All SDSU Extension Master Volunteers:

  • must complete a certain number of hours of specialized training in a particular subject,
  • be able to lead community education programs in the subject, and
  • commit to giving at least 50 hours of service in the specific subject

Master Volunteers may teach youth or adults, train other volunteers, or work on projects like community gardens.

Volunteer Programs

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AmeriCorps VISTA

Join SDSU Extension’s AmeriCorps VISTA program to make a difference in communities across South Dakota.

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Master Gardeners

SDSU Extension Master Gardeners volunteer more than 10,000 hours each year answering questions and hosting programming.

Home canning supplies and canned vegetables arranged on a countertop.

Master Food Preserver Volunteer Program

The Master Food Preserver program provides volunteers with extensive knowledge of safe home food preservation practices, research-tested recipes and up-to-date USDA food preservation regulations.

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Master Health Ambassador

The Master Health Ambassador Program provides participants with the knowledge and skills to live a healthier lifestyle and encourage others to do the same.

If you want a welcoming environment with an organization that truly values their volunteers and AmeriCorps VISTA members, serve with SDSU Extension.

— Missy Korczak, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader