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Washington State 4-H Foundation

The Washington State 4-H Foundation – chartered in 1961 – enables you to put your money where your heart is.As the official private support group of the Washington State 4-H Program, the Foundation generates investment in young people who are addressing the big issues facing Washington State.  Our professional staff and Board of Trustees are passionate about ensuring that 4-H supporters are able to direct their investment to what matters most to them, whether it is demonstrating that we are developing a science-literate workforce, or creating a movement of civically aware youth engaged in their local communities through our annual Know Your Government Conference, or assisting with college scholarships and youth scholarships for valuable programs around our state.  We are proud to offer assistance to 4-H youth who have worked hard to compete in national competitions.

The Washington State 4-H Foundation raises funds from private sources to support the 4-H Program, engaging youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.  Our 4-H program has impacted the lives of many youth who have participated in club programs, served as volunteer leaders, and supported their efforts via local, regional and statewide partnerships. more…

Show Your 4-H Pride!

Join the increasing number of motorists rolling to the green for 4-H youth development!

Fees collected by sale of 4-H special plates will be directed to support 4-H programs throughout Washington State.
Initial costs are required to be paid in advance of license plate creation.
The Washington State 4-H Foundation is supporting the cost of creating the 4-H Special License Plate.

Youth Prevention Program Coordinator

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Open Date 7/9/18 Close Date 7/19/18 – Extra Help Intermittent/On-Call

Youth Prevention Program Coordinator

There is one extra help, temporary position with the WSU Extension Office.  The position will assist youth prevention facilitators and teen interns in implementation of research-based programs such as 4-H Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) and Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth ages 10-14.  This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.


Build and Maintain Community Partnerships

  • Acts as liaison between community partners and WSU Strengthening Families (SFP) and Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) programs. Determines which methods of communication work best for community partners and participants by participating in ongoing needs assessment and professional collaborations with SFP and YA4-H! program partners.
  • Participates in prevention coalitions in Yakima County to expand WSU Extension’s reach.
  • Share program impacts with community partners and funders.

 Program Evaluation and Reporting

  • Evaluate/instruct SFP facilitators on curriculum best practices. Determines which curriculum aspects to focus on for curriculum fidelity
  • Assist with data collection and entry for impact reports. Assist individuals with low literacy or low English proficiency to accurately complete pre and post-tests. Maintain confidentiality of participants through established code matching mechanisms on evaluation forms. Enter data using WSU-approved data collection databases.
  • Reports data in oral, written and electronic formats to program funders, including Board of County Commissioners. 

Community Outreach 

  • Support YA4-H! teens in implementing community wellness projects. Determines how to implement WSU/Yakima County policies and procedures when working with youth in all aspects.
  • Promote health & wellness and prevention programs to underserved audiences.
  • Other duties required.

Education and Experience: High School Diploma /GED and 3 years of paid work or volunteer experience with organizing, teaching or promoting community programs and/or youth or family development programs or the equivalent education and experience to perform the essential duties of the job.


  • Age 21 and older
  • Valid WA State driver’s license upon appointment
  • Ability to travel as needed to multiple work locations using own vehicle
  • Ability to work outside of standard business hours
  • Successful completion of a criminal background and general employment verification.
  • Applicants selected will be required to complete a criminal and abuse/exploitation history disclosure statement pursuant to Chapter 486 Laws of 87, Sections 1 5. Criminal arrest history or history of traffic offenses may be disqualifying .


  • Bilingual in English/Spanish
  • Experience working as a Strengthening Families 10-14 facilitator
  • Associate’s Degree in Human Services or related social science program

Equipment Used: Personal vehicle, cell phone, landline, computer, printer, copier and other general office equipment.

Working conditions: Environmental Demands: excessive noise, exposure to weather, travel, multiple work locations, ability to work outside of standard business hours and locations. Physical demands: bending, carrying, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, hearing, talking, visual acuity. May be required to carry/transport supplies from office to community outreach sites on occasion. Intellectual Demands: ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction, ability to work with limited daily direction. Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.


  • Knowledge of how to use Microsoft Office programs
  • Knowledge of basic data collection protocol
  • Knowledge of local community agencies, the programs and funding partners that provide services for at risk youth

Skills (and abilities):

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility to meet unanticipated program changes.
  • Public presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to connect and communicate with a wide variety of professionals and community participants
  • Basic recordkeeping
  • Creation of educational materials targeted for review by the general public
  • Ability to use personal computer and applicable Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Outlook e-mail or other email programs
  • Organizing meetings and trainings
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and willing to take the initiative when necessary



The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish the information.

Disabled applicants may request accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment. Please contact Human Resources for further information.

Yakima County is a qualified Public Service entity for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to or contact your federal loan servicer.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

Claudia R. Steen, MS

Claudia R. Steen, MS
Yakima County Master Gardeners Program Coordinator

Claudia received her BS degree and worked in a clinical lab as a microbiologist for 10 years.  She then received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Science at San Francisco State University in 1978 and was offered an Associate Professor position at Central Washington University where she became the Program Director for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program and taught at the two Yakima Hospitals.

Claudia has had a lifelong passion for gardening and after retiring she joined the Master Gardener Program in 2009. She was asked to become the Program Coordinator in 2011.  She became a Yakima County employee in 2018 and continues her many duties which include overseeing approximately 120 veteran volunteers and recruiting & guiding new trainees each year.  She is involved in coordinating the formal class lecture series to assure science based horticulture information is presented which in turn can be shared with our many community outreach venues such as: the Diagnostic Clinic & Farmer’s Market; Demonstration, Heirloom & Community Gardens; Youth programs; Greenhouse & Plant Sale; Speakers Bureau; Writer’s Guild that produce gardening articles for the Herald & Yakima Magazine and much more.

Claudia and her husband own and operate Konnowac Vineyard with 24 acres of wine grapes that are sold to many local wineries.

Bernardita Sallato

Tree Fruit Extension Specialist /

Bernardita Sallato’s areas of expertise are soil and plant nutrition in tree fruit. Her program will be focus on orchard efficiency and horticulture production improvement by managing soil fertility, root growth and water – nutrient uptake.
Educational Background:

  • MSc., Tree Fruit Physiology and Production, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • B.S., Agriculture Engineer, specialize in Horticulture. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Credit Cards – Publications

WSU Yakima County Extension is now accepting credit cards and debit cards for Publications
2403 S 18th Street, Suite 100, Union Gap, WA 98903

Hours are 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS credit and debit cards.
A convenience fee of 2.35% for purchases will be charged to the consumer, with a minimum of $2.00 charge.

NEW Vineyard Nutrient Management in Washington State

Understanding the nutrient requirements of perennial fruit crops is paramount to the longevity and sustainability of a commercial operation. This guide provides basic information on grape plant nutritional requirements, and how those nutrients become available for use. It also provides specific information relating to vineyards; how site, soil, and viticulture practices influence nutrient uptake. Information on how to soil and tissue test for vine nutrient status is described, as well as specific recommendations for correcting nutrient deficiencies, broken down by the key macro and micronutrients required by grapevines. EM111E

NEW Tree Fruit crop protection guide for 2018 is out!!!!

EB0419 –> $12.00

Exam title —> publication needed
Private applicator –> EM020 = $21.00
Laws and safety —-> EM012 = $13.50
Rights of way ——-> EM029 = $11.50
Agricultural weed –> EM043 = $11.50
Ornamental weed -> EM035 = $11.50
Insect disease control –> EM051 = $12.00
Aquatic pest control —-> EM039 = $11.50
PCO general or structural –> EM019 = $21.00
Public health pest control -> EM034 = $11.50
Structural pest inspector –> EM013 = $32.00
Soil fumigation ——> EM055 = $22.00

We currently only offer Spanish versions for the following publications:

EM020 Private applicator —> use EM020S = $21.00
EM035 Ornamental weed
EM012 Laws and safety
—> both books are included in EM023S = $20.00


Medal of Honor


In process of being revised by Yakima County 4-H Records Committee — 2017


Note:  A.  All 4-H members, club leaders, project leaders, activity leaders, service leaders and Honorary Leaders are needed to participate in this Yakima County Record Book Judging program.

  1. Policies will be reviewed before the January Council meeting each year.
  2. Medals may not be available for distribution before the middle of November.
  3. It is REQUIRED that a PUBLIC PRESENTATION be given in the area in which the member is applying for a Medal.


  1. Medals of Honor are awarded to deserving members ages of 8 years old to less than 19 years of age, who present record books for consideration. A maximum of four (4) Medals of Honor will be awarded in each category.  Medals will not be awarded if Record Books are not judged worthy.  If a Record Book is found to be nearly equal in quality to those Record Books receiving Medals, an Honorable Mention will be awarded.
  2. Cloverbud 4-H’ers may enter their Record Books for “Certificate of Completion”.
  3. The Medal of Honor nomination is to reflect the growth of the member as a result of participation in the project during the year as well as the total achievement within the 4-H program during the year. Selection of the member to receive the recognition will be made primarily on the member’s growth and accomplishments as shown in his/her Record Book.
  4. Any member who has shown individual achievement and development may be nominated for an appropriate Medal of Honor. Younger members will not be expected to accomplish as much as older members, and their Record Books will be reviewed accordingly.
  5. Members will have a “Recommendation for Medal of Honor Award” sheet, signed by a leader, in their Record Book listing in numerical order their preference for Medals.
  6. A member may be nominated for any number of Medals of Honor. However, a member will not be awarded more than three (3) Medals in any one year.  This does not include Fashion Revue Medals.  If more than three categories are listed, the Medals will be awarded by the member’s preference.  If a member qualified for a Medal of Honor but has already received the maximum number of three (3) Medals for that year, the Judge should inform the member by awarding an Honorable Mention.
  7. Any leader may nominate a member for a Medal of Honor. A leader from one club may nominate a member of another club if he/she wishes to make certain that no member is overlooked.
  8. Only the current year’s Project Records are to be submitted to support nomination. All current and past Permanent Record sheets must be included in the Record Book.
  9. It is REQUIRED that a PUBLIC PRESENTATION be given in the area in which the member is applying. A qualifying Public Presentation is a demonstration and/or an illustrated talk which is planned and organized to teach about the member’s project to a group of people.
  10. Follow the order of contents as printed in the Record Book.
  11. In addition to the Project Record, an Add Sheets are used to complete the picture. Add Sheets which include financial summaries are used in place of the other summary in the Record Book.  If a project has a work book or work sheet, they can be included in the Record Book also.
  12. All Adult, Teen, Honorary and Service Leaders are welcome to serve on the Judging Committee and all clubs are encouraged to send an appointed Judge to help. ALL must attend the orientation session at the beginning of the activity.
  13. Decisions made by the Judges are final.
  14. For more information, refer to the Medal of Honor Score Sheet.


General Achievement Medal:  Member must have received three (3) Medals in projects including Home Ec, Livestock and one other.  Member must have done a minimum of four (4) different project Public Presentations and included Leadership in each project.

Agricultural Achievement Medal:  Member must have received three (3) Medals in projects related to agriculture and done three (3) different project Public Presentations and included Leadership in each project.


Recommendation for Medal of Honor Award

Medal of Honor Record Book Scoresheet


“Low Stress Cattle Handling” Video

The video is a review of Washington State University Extension Low-Stress Cattle Handling training seminars featuring nationally recognized cattle handling expert and veterinarian Dr. Tom Noffsinger from Benkelman, Nebraska. The video features 8 sessions concerning the training; the importance & interest in low-stress handling; working with cattle instinct and natural behavior; how to greet cattle; how to communicate with cattle; preparing and training cattle; unloading a truck/trailer; and moving cattle in Bud Box. The video summaries low-stress handling concepts and techniques and shows animated computer graphic illustrations, and live cattle handling videos highlighting these concepts and techniques. The video is a result of funding from a WSU Extension Western Center for Risk Management.

The English version of the video is available at

The Spanish version of the video is available at

Individuals can request a DVD copy sent to them or download information from Project Director Sarah M. Smith, WSU Extension Regional Specialist at


Home Canning & Food Safety Essentials

Planning to Can This Summer?

Take a fun, hands-on course to learn the essentials of home canning and food safety.

  • Learn the basics of canning safety using a boiling water bath
  • Learn the latest evidence-based recommendations for home canning
  • Watch and participate in the canning of at least two recipes using fresh produce
  • Learn about preparation and storage for optimal food quality
  • Receive research-based guidelines and recipes to use at home

Home Canning and Food Safety Essentials Brochure

1) Canning Fruits & Jams

      – CANCELLED –

Saturday, July 16, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Buena Grange, 170 Highland Drive
Registration Deadline: July 11

2) Canning Tomatoes & Salsa

Saturday, August 13, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Buena Grange, 170 Highland Drive
Registration Deadline: August 8

 Cost per workshop:
$30 Community members
$20 Grange  members
$10 Youth ages 14-18
Free – Buena Community Garden



Gina Ord
Health and Nutrition Programs

Click here for Registration Form
Home Canning & Food Safety Essentials

Teen Leadership Summit

Lazy F Camp, Cle Elem,

Registration opens February 8th and closes march 4th 2016