Become a 4-H Volunteer

Become a 4-H Volunteer

To volunteer, previous 4-H Youth Development experience is not necessary. The most important qualifications are:

  • a desire to work with young people to help them learn new things and gain life skills,
  • provide youth positive experiences in a safe and welcoming environment, and
  • be at least 18 years of age.

Ways to Volunteer

In 4-H there are many ways to volunteer.

  • All volunteers work with youth and adult volunteers in offering a positive youth development experience for young people.
  • Volunteer opportunities include Activity/Event Volunteer, Adult Advisor/Chaperone, Club Enrollment Coordinator, Club Leader, Committee Volunteer, and Project Leader.

Required Training

4-H Volunteer Enrollment Process

All 4-H programs and activities must be supervised by a staff member or an approved 4-H volunteer, 18 years of age or older, who has completed all the following steps:

*A background records check for arrest and conviction records will be completed every four years for continuing 4-H volunteer leaders.

**Returning volunteers who have been absent for one to four years need a background records check, signed Volunteer Behavior Expectations form, and Assumption of Risk but are not required to attend the orientation to be reinstated as a volunteer. Returning volunteers who have been absent for over four years need to repeat the entire Youth Protection process.