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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.

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Volunteers Needed: Open Positions

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

  • County Service Coordinator
  • 4-H Cooking Club Co-Leader
  • Outdoor Adventures Program Coordinator
  • TEENS: Outdoor Adventures Volunteers
  • Cloverbud Program Coordinator
  • TEENS: Cloverbud Program Volunteers
  • Community Conversations Coordinator
  • Your Thoughts Matter Facilitator
In an effort to be more transparent with adult and teen volunteers, a variety of volunteer positions needing to be filled for upcoming 4-H programs will be posted here each month. Whether you can give a little or a lot, please familiarize yourself with this section.
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.

County Service Coordinator

  • 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. They must also attend a 4-H Volunteer 101 training prior to working with youth. (The training is periodically offered and lasts 1.5 hours.) No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

4-H Cooking Club Co-Leader

  • Description: Club Leaders provide the necessary organization and structure for 4-H members to reach their full potential and grow into future citizens and leaders. A new co-leader is needed for Cooking Club, and he/she/they will decide with the current leader how to divide club leader responsibilities. The  main three categories of club leader responsibilities are record keeping, club communication and leadership.
  • Time commitment: The position is a minimum two-year commitment. Club Leaders spend about two to five hours per month on club work, which includes the club’s regular monthly meeting. 4-H Cooking Club meets the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in Hudson.
  • Qualifications: Club Leaders 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. Club leaders participate in 4-H volunteer training once per year.

Submit your interest.

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. They must also attend a 4-H Volunteer 101 training prior to working with youth. (The training is periodically offered and lasts 1.5 hours.) No prior 4-H experience is required.

Caldwell County 4-H would like to launch an Outdoor Adventures program in Spring or Summer 2021. We aim to fill these positions by the beginning of January 2021 to allow time for training.

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.

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 informing parents/guardians of Cloverbuds about program meetings, activities or events.
  • 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. They must also attend a 4-H Volunteer 101 training prior to working with youth. (The training is periodically offered and lasts 1.5 hours.) No prior 4-H experience is required.

Caldwell County 4-H aims to launch a Cloverbud program in Spring 2021. We aim to fill these positions by the beginning of November 2020 to allow time for training.

Submit your interest.

TEENS: Cloverbud Program Volunteers

  • Description: Up to four teens can serve as Cloverbud Program Volunteers. Volunteers assist will 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.

Caldwell County 4-H aims to launch a Cloverbud program in Spring 2021. We aim to fill these positions by the beginning of November 2020 to allow time for training.

Submit your interest.

Community Conversations Coordinator

  • Description: We are in search of someone with a passion for teaching youth about civic engagement. After the Community Conversations event in July 2020, it was recognized that further conversations about topics such as racial discrimination, food insecurity, and cultural identity from a civic engagement perspective would be of value to the community and serve a youth development need. This coordinator will work closely with the 4-H agent to develop a one-of-a-kind program, customized to Caldwell County youth.
  • 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. They must also attend a 4-H Volunteer 101 training prior to working with youth. (The training is periodically offered and lasts 1.5 hours.) No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

Robotics SPIN Club Co-Leaders

  • Description: Club Leaders provide the necessary organization and structure for 4-H members to reach their full potential and grow into future citizens and leaders. Two co-leaders are needed for a NEW Robotics SPIN Club. A volunteer with subject matter expertise has been identified, so the co-leaders do not need to be familiar with robotics themselves in order to volunteer. Once all the volunteers have been identified, they will decide how to divide club leader responsibilities. The  main three categories of club leader responsibilities are record keeping, club communication and leadership.
  • Time commitment: The position is a calendar-year commitment. Club Leaders spend about two to five hours per month on club work, which includes the club’s regular monthly meeting. 
  • Qualifications: Club Leaders 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. They must also attend a 4-H Volunteer 101 training prior to working with youth. (The training is periodically offered and lasts 1.5 hours.) 

Submit your interest.

Your Thoughts Matter Facilitator

  • Description: “Your Thoughts Matter” is a 4-H curriculum designed for advanced-level (high school) youth who are interested in learning more about mental health, why it is important to overall well- being, and steps that promote more positive understanding and action. A Your Thoughts Matter Facilitator will be responsible for leading a group of young people through the curriculum, exploring the book’s topics and facilitating discussion. 
  • Time commitment: Appropriate time should be allotted for each of the ten activities, but a facilitator has great influence over a schedule for the program. Facilitators should estimate two to three hours of their time – preparation and group discussion – per activity.
  • Qualifications: Facilitators must be cleared volunteers (endorsed by NC 4-H’s background check process) OR work toward this status after being selected. They must also attend a 4-H Volunteer 101 training prior to working with youth. (The training is periodically offered and lasts 1.5 hours.) No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

Volunteer 101: Orientation Training

Are you interested in becoming more involved with 4-H as a volunteer? Look forward to attending an upcoming 4-H Volunteer 101 training session. It fulfills the initial training requirement for new volunteers.

It is mandated that 4-H volunteers be provided particular information related to child safety and risk management each year. The training will also be a great place to connect with other local 4-H leaders!

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.