How to Become a Volunteer
Volunteer leaders are a key component of the 4-H program, which focuses on citizenship, leadership, and life skills development using a "learn-by-doing" educational model. 4-H is unique in its pursuit of effective youth-adult partnerships. These partnerships ensure that both youth and adults grow together in shared responsibility and decision-making.
Becoming a 4-H Volunteer is an application process. You will need to enroll online, receive fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice, view a Volunteer Certification video online and complete the quiz. Upon completion of this and the approval of the County Director, you will receive notification of becoming a certified 4-H Volunteer.
An individual who would like to volunteer in the 4-H Youth Development Program must apply and meet all the following requirements prior to being appointed by the UCCE County Director:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Cannot be simultaneously enrolled as a 4-H youth member.
- Complete on-line enrollment. For instructions click here Quick Guide to Enroll Online
- After January 1, please fill out and submit paper enrollment forms: 2016-2017 Adult Paper Enrollment Forms
- Submit to and receive criminal record clearance from the California Department of Justice. Live Scan forms are available at the Nevada County 4-H office or from the club Volunteer Enrollment Coordinator.
- Complete the 4-H Volunteer orientation training, a 25 minute video and quiz. Click here to watch the video and click here to take the quiz online, or contact the Nevada County 4-H Office to set up an appointment.
- Agree to abide by the policies, procedures, Mission and Core Values of the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program and the Code of Conduct and all county 4-H policies and procedures.
- Pay the annual Volunteer application fee.
APPOINTMENT OF VOLUNTEERS
Volunteer appointments are reviewed on an annual basis. Re-enrolling volunteers must annually update their enrollment on-line, submit a medical treatment form, and a new Confidential Self-Disclosure Form. The County Director may require re-enrolling volunteers to submit to a criminal record clearance at anytime during their tenure as a 4-H volunteer.
To enroll on-line follow the instructions for member enrollment. Any additional forms you might need are available from your Club Enrollment Coordinator (VEC).
4-H VOLUNTEER Certification Manual
Primary 4-H Member Adult Volunteer Guide
Sample Volunteer Position Description Activity or Event Adult Volunteer
Sample Volunteer Position Description Organizational Unit Volunteer (Club Leader)
Sample Volunteer Position Description Project Adult Volunteer
Sample Volunteer Position Description Resource Key Adult Volunteer