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Caldwell County 4-H Needs You!

Volunteers are the key to success in the Caldwell County 4-H program. Whether you’re interested in starting a club and becoming a club leader or just have a few hours to invest in upcoming 4-H programs, we have challenging and fun positions for adults and teens who want to make a difference.

Below are the open positions and their descriptions. Don’t see a role that fits your unique talents and interests? Let’s chat! Contact Sarah Kocher at sarah_kocher@ncsu.edu.

Please Note:

All 4-H volunteers who work directly with youth in any unsupervised capacity (i.e. club leaders chaperones, field trip helpers, team coaches, etc.) are required to complete and pass an NC State background check.

Participants at Caldwell County 4-H’s “Egg-Cellent Poultry” camp pose after an egg and spoon race. In addition to learning about poultry and food science, games were a highlight for youth and teen leaders who attended the program in July 2021.

Participants at Caldwell County 4-H’s “Egg-Cellent Poultry” camp pose after an egg and spoon race. In addition to learning about poultry and food science, games were a highlight for youth and teen leaders who attended the program in July 2021.

Volunteers Needed: Open Positions

We are in search of community members to fill the following volunteer positions:

  • Fair Judge for Youth Exhibits
  • Electric Project Co-Leader
  • County Service Coordinator
  • Civic Engagement Coordinator
  • Cloverbud Program Coordinator
  • TEENS: Cloverbud Program Volunteers
  • Outdoor Adventures Program Coordinator
  • TEENS: Outdoor Adventures Volunteers
Once you have reviewed the available volunteer positions, you may fill out the Google Form to submit your interest and briefly note any qualifications the 4-H Agent should know about. In most cases, the 4-H Agent has final approval over who is selected to serve in the posted volunteer role.

Fair Judge for Youth Exhibits

  • Description: Youth exhibit judges will provide feedback to 4-H members and other youth who have entered static projects into the Caldwell Agriculture Fair. Judges will be expected to give productive feedback to youth, so youth can continue to improve their skills. Static projects range broadly and exhibit the many project areas 4-H offers.
  • Time commitment: Judges are needed Monday, June 27 from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Qualifications: Fair judges must work well with youth and participate a short orientation immediately before the contest.

Submit your interest.

Circuit Breakers 4-H Club Co-Leader or Supporting Volunteers

  • Description: Help create a safe and welcoming environment, where youth develop meaningful relationships and valuable life skills.Assist with club record keeping during meetings. We have one new electric leader and one mentor working with the new individual at this time.
  • Time commitment: Time commitment is negotiable. Ideally, this position is a minimum calendar-year commitment. Leaders will spend about two to five hours per month on project work planning or working with youth. The Circuit Breakers have been meeting on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m.
  • Qualifications: Club Leaders and supporting volunteers must be cleared volunteers (endorsed by NC 4-H’s background check process) OR work toward this status after being selected. They must enjoy working with youth and be appropriate role models.

Submit your interest.

County Service Coordinator – TEEN or adult

  • Description: Caldwell County 4-H is seeking a teen or adult volunteer, who has a passion for service, to coordinate bimonthly service opportunities for county 4-H members. The opportunities can be in conjunction with existing events or standalone ones. The 4-H agent will assist this volunteer with promotion.
  • Time commitment: The position is a one-year commitment. The coordinator should expect to volunteer an average of three to five hours per month.
  • Qualifications: If a teenager, the coordinator must abide by the 4-H Code of Conduct and participate in a short orientation prior to volunteering. The coordinator, if an adult, must be a cleared volunteer (endorsed by NC 4-H’s background check process) OR work toward this status after being selected. No prior 4-H experience is required, but they must enroll in 4-H Online. 

Submit your interest.

Civic Engagement Coordinator

  • Description: We are in search of someone with a passion for teaching youth about civic engagement. This coordinator will work closely with the 4-H agent to develop one-of-a-kind programs, customized to Caldwell County youth. One program idea is to start a Kids Voting program in the county, similar to what Durham County Extension has been able to implement with partners.
  • Time commitment: The position is a minimum one-calendar year commitment. The coordinator should expect to volunteer an average of at least five hours per month.
  • Qualifications: Coordinators must be cleared volunteers (endorsed by NC 4-H’s background check process) OR work toward this status after being selected. No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

Zoom attendees

Community Conversations was a panel event with dialogue from leaders in Caldwell County, NC in July 2020. They gathered to answer questions submitted by youth on the topic “responsible civic engagement and how to stand up against racial discrimination.”

Cloverbud Program Coordinator

  • Description: Two Cloverbud Program Coordinators will manage a program for youth ages 5-7 and work with 4-H teens volunteering with these youth. A meeting schedule has not been set, so the coordinators can assist with this to make it work well for their schedules. Coordinators will be responsible for program communication and leadership.
  • Time commitment: The position is a minimum one-academic year commitment. Coordinators should expect to volunteer two to four hours per month.
  • Qualifications: Coordinators must be cleared volunteers (endorsed by NC 4-H’s background check process) OR work toward this status after being selected. No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

TEENS: Cloverbud Program Volunteers

  • Description: Up to four teens can serve as Cloverbud Program Volunteers. Volunteers will assist with the planning and implementation of programs for youth ages 5-7. They will also work with the Cloverbud Program Coordinators.
  • Time commitment: The position is a minimum one-academic year commitment. Teens should expect to volunteer two to four hours per month.
  • Qualifications: Cloverbud Program Volunteers must abide by the 4-H Code of Conduct and participate in a short orientation prior to volunteering. No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

Teens and adults walk through Pisgah National Forrest.

Teens and adults walk through Pisgah National Forrest.

Outdoor Adventures Program Coordinator

  • Description: Two Outdoor Adventures Coordinators will manage a program for youth ages 8-18 and work with 4-H teens volunteering with these youth. A meeting schedule has not been set, so the coordinators can assist with this to make it work well for their schedules. The program can be planned as in-person or hybrid. Coordinators will be responsible for informing the group about program meetings, activities or events.
  • Time commitment: The position is a minimum one calendar year commitment. Coordinators should expect to volunteer two to four hours per month.
  • Qualifications: Coordinators must be cleared volunteers (endorsed by NC 4-H’s background check process) OR work toward this status after being selected. No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

TEENS: Outdoor Adventures Volunteers

  • Description: Up to four teens can serve as Cloverbud Program Volunteers. Volunteers will assist with the planning and implementation of programs for youth ages 8-18. They will also work with the Outdoor Adventures Program Coordinators.
  • Time commitment: The position is a minimum one-academic year commitment. Teens should expect to volunteer two to four hours per month.
  • Qualifications: Outdoor Adventures Program Volunteers must abide by the 4-H Code of Conduct and participate in a short orientation prior to volunteering. No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

4-H Club/Volunteer Event Notification

Please complete this form to let our office know when 4-H activities or events outside of regular club meetings will be held.

4-H youth participate in Science Camp, which was hosted by the Science 4-H Club during Summer Exploring.

4-H youth participate in Science Camp during Summer Exploring.