Get Involved With PGMS

Volunteerism takes on many forms from something as simple as sending in a photo for social media usage to a leadership role at the national level. PGMS continually seeks passionate, committed, and energetic members to help not only advocate for PGMS, but also the Green Industry.

What is required of PGMS Volunteers?

  • Commitment
  • Attendance/Presence
  • Be Active and Involved – Follow Through

What will you get out of it?

  • CGM/CGT Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Professional Development / Leadership
  • Personal Development / Satisfaction
  • Professional Networking
  • Give Back to Your Industry

Volunteer Opportunities (click the option below for more details)


What a Volunteer Can Give in Just an Hour!

  • Blog Posts: PGMS has a blog in our member portal and on our website and would love to have guest writers! Do you have a valuable story or experience to share with your fellow grounds professionals? Have you read a book or attended a lecture recently that you think would be interesting to your colleagues that you would like to review?
  • Newsletter Articles: PGMS has a bi-monthly newsletter, The Forum, and we are always looking for valuable articles to share with our members and friends! If you ever run across an article you think would be valuable for your peers, or if you have written an article in the past that you would like to share, please share it!
  • Paparazzi: PGMS has two large events each year and we could always use your help with photographs at our conferences. If you would like to be the designated photographer at one of our events, let us know and we will give you 25% off your registration! Only 1-2 volunteers per event are needed. If you don’t have a regular camera, photos can be taken with newer smart phones (iPhones, Samsung, etc.)

Interested in any of these “micro-volunteering” opportunities? Contact PGMS today at

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Mentor – Annual Conference: At the annual conference, attend the First Timers’ Orientation (held prior to the Welcoming Reception) and welcome our newest attendees.
  • Present at the PGMS School of Grounds Management: Submit your proposal for an education session (60 – 90 minutes in length) and share your knowledge with your fellow grounds professionals. Click here for the submission form.
  • Scholarship Committee: PGMS is committed to growing the grounds management industry by providing scholarships and educational program. Do your part and help review applicants vying for one of PGMS’s scholarships. The Society awarded $12,000 in scholarships to students from around the country in 2018.
  • Mentor a Certified Grounds Manager Candidate: Looking for ways to grow the next generation of professionals and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)? Serve as a mentor for a CGM Candidate or volunteer to review a Candidate’s Professional Grounds Manager Evaluation (PGME) portfolio (formally known as the Open Book).
  • Green Star Awards – Reviewer: Bringing national recognition to well-maintained campuses, the Green Star Awards, in its 47th year, needs members assistance in reviewing the dozens of applications received each year.

Interested in any of these volunteering opportunities? Contact PGMS today at

Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Branch Development/Leadership: Looking to start a local branch in your area? One of the greatest member benefits is networking, and why not collaborate with fellow members in your area? Contact PGMS at for details on developing a branch in your area.
  • National Committees: Get involved at a national level and promote PGMS and the Green Industry. Opportunities are available on the Membership, Marketing, and Education Committees. Contact PGMS at for more details.
  • Host the School of Grounds Management Summer Conference: PGMS’ brings education and exclusive tours to a new city each Summer. Interested in hosting PGMS? Complete the proposal form here.