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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 as an Adult Volunteer
  3. Complete a Background Check through Verified Volunteer following an emailed invitation (this invitation is sent after 3 references have been received).
  4. Complete both online training requirements.
  5. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation if a Project or Club Leader.
  6. Complete an over the phone or face-to-face 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

Online Volunteer Training – To Become an Activity Leader


Step 1: Navigate to

This will take you to a page that contains links to three volunteer classes:

  • WSU Put the Child First
  • Washington State 4-H Financial Management (only necessary to complete if you are a 4-H Club Leader, or serving as a 4-H Treasurer)
  • Washington 4-H Volunteer Orientation Modules
Step 2: Log in or create an account.

Click the “Logon” button at the top right portion of the page. If you already have a account, you will be prompted to login. If not, the right-hand side of the page indicates how to establish an account. If you are creating an account, be sure to check your e-mail and confirm your account.

Afterwards, you should be taken back to the screen with all the extension classes listed.

Click on “4-H & Youth”

Select “Washington” off the list.

Step 3: Enter enrollment key.

To access each class, you will be asked for an enrollment key. Klickitat’s is as follows for each class:

WSU Put the Child First: KLICKITAT4H

Washington State 4-H Financial Management AND Washington 4-H Volunteer Orientation Modules: KLICKITAT

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