MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process

June 2, 2017

Volunteers are the most essential partners we have in MSU Extension. They create life-changing experiences, provide millions of dollars in added value in our communities and help us reach broad audiences across the state.

Go to MSU Extension's Volunteer Central to learn more about volunteering for MSU Extension and to submit your application today. 

Visit MSU Extension Volunteer Central

Safety is Our No. 1 Priority

MSU Extension is firmly committed to ensuring the safety of those who take part in our programming by providing a thorough screening and selection process for MSU Extension volunteers. This ensures those who work alongside us or directly with youth and the people we serve are safe and have positive experiences that enrich their lives.

Becoming an MSU Extension Volunteer

There are two primary types of MSU Extension volunteers – Gold and Silver, which is determined based on the volunteer activity. All volunteers are vitally important to us, but we recognize that based on expected interactions between volunteers and the people we serve, additional screening is often necessary.The majority of MSU Extension volunteer positions are classified as Gold due to the expectation that these volunteers will represent MSU Extension while working with community members and program participants.

Steps to become an MSU Extension volunteer (Gold)

  • Application Submission & Review

  • Criminal History Check

  • Sexual Offender Check

  • Reference Check

  • Interview with MSU Extension Staff

  • Volunteer Training/Onboarding

Steps to become an MSU Extension volunteer (Silver)

  • Application Submission & Review

  • Criminal History Check

  • Sexual Offender Check

  • Volunteer Training/Onboarding

Once your application is submitted, you can always see where you are in the process by visiting the Check Status page.

Annual and bi-annual background checks

MSU Extension is also dedicated to regularly screening current volunteers every six months (Sexual Offender Check) and 12 months (Criminal History Check) to ensure the safety and security of those we serve.

We Are Here to Help

Applicants use MSU Extension Volunteer Central to submit and monitor the status of their application, and will see updates as parts of the screening process are completed. MSU Extension also knows that sometimes applicants need technological assistance. When you submit an application, it is routed to the person best suited to work with you and help you through the process. You can also find system support and submit a question online by visiting our Contact page.


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