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Become a 4-H Volunteer Leader

4-H programs reach out to kids and their families to build skills for life. Your time, knowledge, and heart for youth could make the difference in the quality of life in our community. Adult volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. Volunteers coordinate local community clubs and help to conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events. Pend Oreille County Extension will provide you with the support and training you will need along the way.

There are many ways to volunteer, just ask!

There are different kinds of 4-H leaders:

  • General Club Leader: The main club leader and organizer who works with general club meetings.
  • Project Leader: Works with members on their specific project work.
  • Activity Leader: Responsible for one or more activities. Some examples are recreation, record keeping, public presentations or community service activities.
  • Teen Leader: Works under the guidance of an adult. Helps with activities and events or helps members with their project work.

4-H Volunteers are valued by WSU Extension and the 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H volunteers and extension staff work together as a team.

The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to adults with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community.  You do not need to be an expert gardener to apply, you just need to have a desire to learn and serve your community.

WSU Master Gardeners are Volunteer Community Educators.  As a Master Gardener volunteer you will receive training from WSU and give back a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service your first year to become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer Educator. Once you have successfully completed the training year portion of the course and become a certified Master Gardener, the option of continuing to maintain your certification as a Master Gardener you will then be required to do 25 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education per year.

Our training is a hybrid of a mandatory online core curriculum and in class lectures. The cost of the program is $175, which is paid after acceptance into the program.  Scholarships are available.