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Become a Volunteer

You Are the Spark!

We are glad you are considering being a volunteer with 4-H! 
 The 4-H program reaches out to kids and their families to build skills for life. Check us out! 4-H has a hundred different hands-on projects to offer.

Your timeknowledge and heart for youth could make a big difference in the quality of life in your community. Washington State University Extension will  provide you the support and training you’ll need along the way. You will be a valued partner in helping grow kids.

Types of Volunteers


There are four types of Volunteers.  You can volunteer as more than one type of volunteer for numerous clubs!

a) Activity Leader – This is the “I want to help do basics things” level of volunteering. (Gives leadership to an event or activity within a club or short-term group ⇒ 4-H Policy, 7.3.1., p. 18)

b) Project Leader – This is “I want to lead a group of youth in our club in a project area like cooking, horse, air rifles, or robotics, but I do not want to lead the whole club,” level of volunteering. (Leads a specific project or curriculum within a club/group ⇒ 4-H Policy, 7.3.1, p. 18)

c) General/Organizational Leader – This is the “I am willing to organize and lead a 4-H Club” level of volunteering. (Assumes primary responsibility for a club/group ⇒ 4-H Policy, 7.3.1, p. 18)

d) 4-H Service Leader or 4-H County Program Leader – This is what we collectively refer to in Klickitat County as a “Resource Leader.” It is the “I want to engage in and support 4-H, but don’t necessarily want to be active at the club level” of volunteering. (⇒ 4-H Policy, 7.3.1, p. 18)


4-H Wordle

Volunteer Application Process


All potential 4-H volunteers apply by completing the WSU 4-H Volunteer Application Forms. Member and Leader safety and acceptance is our top priority, so all applicants must also agree to participate in a reference and background check.

  1. Complete a New Volunteer Application PDF
    • Provide Three References, please provide email addresses where possible.
  2. Enroll in 4HOnline  (can be completed at any point in the process before step 7)
  3. Complete a Background Check through Verified Volunteer following an emailed invitation
  4. Complete online training requirements (see further down on the page)
  5. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation if a Project or Club Leader
  6. New Club Leaders complete an interview with 4-H Staff
  7. Receive a letter of approval from the 4-H Office and start reporting your volunteer hours!

Volunteer Application Checklist

Online Volunteer Training

Volunteer E-Learning Modules

This training includes four interactive, self-paced training modules, complete with review: “About 4-H,” “Positive Youth Development,” “Getting Started in 4-H,” and “Leadership and Teaching.”

These trainings are intended for potential volunteers, as well as current or past volunteers wanting a refresher.  Please retain copies of your completion certificates, these do not need to be shared with the 4-H Office but could be requested for confirmation.

To access the trainings, visit and sign in with your name and state. The password is “volunteer”

“Put the Child First“

WSU Extension remains committed in its efforts to prevent the abuse and exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. In our continuing efforts to assure a safe environment for all program participants, Washington State University Extension is requiring child protection training for all faculty, staff and volunteers working with youth and vulnerable adults.

This 20-minute presentation may be viewed at any time at your home or Extension office. Your registration for the training will be kept in the system as proof of your participation.

We appreciate your compliance with this requirement. For more information, contact your local 4-H faculty or staff.

To register for the training, visit Fill in the requested information and press “Submit Request”

You will receive an email with your password and instructions on how to access the course, or you can visit and login directly.

Face – to – Face New Volunteer Orientation

Every new Club or Project Leader is required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation.  These are held throughout the year and are open to other volunteers as well.  Other parts of the Volunteer Application Process must first be completed  to attend. This is usually the final step!  Search our Calendar of Events for the next upcoming Orientation.  


Ongoing Training

Every month at the Leader’s Council Meetings a half hour training is provided by Extension Staff from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Requests for training topics are always welcome!


Reporting Volunteer Hours

This is a required part of being a WSU Volunteer. Your hours help us demonstrate the value and dedication of our 4-H Volunteers to our stakeholders.  Report time spent at, planning for, and driving to any 4-H event.

Report Volunteer Hours