Become a 4-H volunteer

Who can volunteer?

We welcome adults and youth to volunteer with 4-H. You need not be a parent, a 4-H alum or an expert! The information below is for adult volunteers.

To volunteer as a youth, talk with your local 4-H office staff.

Adult volunteers must be more than one year past high school (usually age 19). Adult volunteers who wish to chaperone must be at least 21 years old.

Some roles, like club leadership or overnight chaperones, require screening. Check with local 4-H staff on requirements for your volunteer role.

Here's the screening process for adult 4-H volunteers

Before you start, READ OUR SCREENING GUIDE. We have online or paper options for each step.

STEP A: Application

A handwritten signature is required. Submit signed applications to your local 4-H office via email, fax, mail, or in person.


STEP B: Background check


STEP C: Orientation

NOTE: This training works best with a desktop/laptop computer or with an Android mobile device


Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing of screening materials. We will notify you when your screening is complete.

You must be approved BEFORE beginning to serve as a volunteer.