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Program Contact: Tanya Barnett, 4-H Youth Coordinator
360-379-5610 x208 •

Become a 4-H Volunteer and…

  • See the best in our community
  • Share your skills and gain new ones
  • Make memories and friendships

As an affiliate of Washington State University, our state’s land grant university, you benefit from:

  • WSU Extension resources and curriculum
  • Training relevant to your 4-H responsibilities and to life
  • WSU liability coverage and L&I insurance while volunteering

Apply to Be a 4-H Volunteer

Take the first step towards becoming a 4-H volunteer: download, read, and complete the WSU 4-H Volunteer Application process.  If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Barnett, 4-H Coordinator: or (360) 379-5610 x208.

Volunteer Opportunities

Sharing your time and talents can be rewarding beyond expectation. Volunteering with 4-H will help to enrich a youth’s life as well as contribute to the future of our community. No matter how much time you have to give, 4-H has a place for YOU.

One-time, Date-Specific Opportunities:

  • Assist with event registrations, space setup, etc.
  • Office assistance: filing, data entry, etc.
  • Assist with fund raising opportunities
  • Teach a workshop for youth (e.g., creative arts, animal health, robotics…)
  • Serve as a judge in any area of expertise (e.g., photography, sewing, goats…)
  • Represent 4-H at recruiting and informational events

Short-term Opportunities:

  • Serve on a committee or ad-hoc task force
  • Lead a committee for a specific club or program
  • Plan or implement 4-H events
  • Facilitate club activities (i.e. fund raising, social activities, awards celebrations, etc.)

Ongoing Opportunities:

  • START a club for kids, LEAD a project, TEACH youth skills…
  • Serve on an advisory group for 4-H
  • Partner with youth to implement shows, trainings, and events
  • Be an advocate for youth and youth issues

No matter how much time you have to give – 4-H has a place for YOU!

A Letter to Prospective Volunteers in Jefferson County, WA:

Thank you very much for your interest in becoming an important part of the WSU Jefferson County 4-H Youth Development Program!  Volunteers serve as wonderful mentors for youth throughout our broader community.  Thank you very much for helping to embody 4-H’s mission to “empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.”

All volunteers in the Jefferson County 4-H Youth Development Program must complete the following steps in order to ensure the safest, most positive environments for youth:

  1. Complete a brief phone or in-person interview with the 4-H Coordinator, Tanya Barnett: 360-379-5610.
  2. Download and complete the following 3 forms (“Part A,” “Part B,” and WA State Patrol Request) and return them to the 4-H Coordinator.  For the protection of youth in our 4-H programs, these forms authorize us to run Background and Reference checks on each applying volunteer.
    Application to become a Volunteer/Part A
    Application to become a Volunteer/Part B
    WA State Patrol Request for Information
  3. Visit the WSU E-Learning for 4-H Volunteers site to complete the following, online trainings:
    – “Basic Volunteer Training – Packaged and Ready to Go!”  When prompted to sign in, use the password “Volunteer.” Complete the four, online modules (approx. 20 min./module).  When completed, sign the form that corresponds with the “E-Learning modules” and return to the 4-H Coordinator.
    – “Put the Child First” Presentation.  To access, you will be prompted to create an account.  After doing so, please check your email for instructions for how to view the presentation online.  When completed, sign the form that corresponds with the “Put the Child First” presentation and return to the 4-H Coordinator.
  4. Sign up with your 4-H Coordinator to attend a New Volunteer Orientation.  If you’re planning to become a main club leader, you will also need to attend a Club Leader Training.

Please submit all forms to the 4-H Coordinator, Tanya Barnett at or mail to the Extension Office (380 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, WA 98368), or bring them to the 4-H Volunteer Orientation.  When you have completed the steps above, the 4-H Coordinator will notify you when you are appointed as a 4-H Volunteer and may begin to work with 4-H youth in a volunteer capacity.

Jefferson County 4-H Council

Want to meet other 4-H volunteers?  You can do so every month at our 4-H Council meetings.  4-H Council is comprised of our 4-H youth and adult leaders and we typically meet the first Monday of every month.  This is a great time to find out more about what 4-H looks like and does in our county.  For more information, please contact Tanya Barnett at or (360) 379-5610 x208.

Please click on the Jefferson County 4-H Council webpage for more information.