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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:

  • County Service Coordinator
  • Anita Alta Family Day – Instructor
  • Anita Alta Family Day – Day Help
  • STEM Challenge Event Volunteers
  • Civic Engagement Coordinator
  • Holiday Crafts Coordinator
  • Electric Project Leader(s)
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 – 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.

Teens and adults walk through Pisgah National Forrest.

Teens and adults walk through Pisgah National Forrest.

Anita Alta Family Day – Instructor

  • Description: Instructors at Anita Alta Family Day will lead attendees in an activity of their choice. Activities will be held outdoors at the Anita Alta 4-H Camp in Caldwell County.
  • Time commitment: Check in will begin October 2, 2021 in the morning (exact time TBD), and check out will be in the late afternoon, pending weather (exact time TBD). The day’s schedule will be made available the week before the event, so instructors should let Sarah Kocher know of any time conflicts up front. 
  • Qualifications: Instructors 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 short orientation prior to volunteering. No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

Anita Alta Family Day – Day Help

  • Description: Day Help volunteers will assist with check in and/or check out of youth during Anita Alta Family Day, and they will help the group maintain a safe and welcoming environment. They must work well with youth and other adults and have organizational skills. 
  • Time commitment: Check in will begin October 2, 2021 in the morning (exact time TBD), and check out will be in the late afternoon, pending weather (exact time TBD).
  • Qualifications: Day Help must agree to conduct themselves according to 4-H’s volunteer standards of behavior and attend a short orientation prior to the family day. No prior 4-H experience is required.

Submit your interest.

STEM Challenge Event Volunteers

  • Description: Event volunteers will assist with youth development programs during the STEM Challenge event. They must work well with youth and other adults. Learn more about the 2021 4-H STEM challenge.
  • Time commitment: This will be held at the civic center in Lenoir beginning at 1 p.m. on October 23. Caldwell County youth and families can register HERE for the event. Volunteers will be expected to attend a short orientation meeting and be present for the duration of the event.
  • Qualifications: Volunteers must be cleared volunteers (endorsed by NC 4-H’s background check process) OR work toward this status after being selected. They must also enroll as a volunteer in 4-H Online. No prior 4-H experience is required.

We aim to fill these positions by the end of August 2021 to allow time for training and orientation.

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.
  • 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.

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.”

Holiday Crafts Coordinator – TEEN or adult

  • Description: The Holiday Crafts Coordinator will be responsible for communicating with 4-H Clubs to put on the annual Holiday Crafts event. The event is both social and a fundraiser for our local 4-H Clubs.
  • Time commitment: The time commitment for this position is estimated at 10-20 hours, which includes time during the day of the event.
  • Qualifications: If the coordinator is an adult, the person 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 enroll as a volunteer in 4-H Online. No prior 4-H experience is required. If the coordinator is a teenager, the person must be responsible, organized, a good communicator and must abide by the 4-H Code of Conduct.

We aim to fill these positions by the end of October 2021 to allow time for training and orientation.

Submit your interest.

Electric Project Leader(s)

  • Description: Curate hands-on learning opportunities to guide youth through electric project work. Help create a safe and welcoming 4-H community where youth develop meaningful relationships and valuable life skills. We have an experienced volunteer from a neighboring county who is willing to mentor new leaders.
  • Time commitment: The 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.
  • 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.

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 club volunteers. It 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.

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