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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:

  • Electric Project Leader(s)
  • County Service Coordinator
  • Spring 2022 Anita Alta Family Day – Instructor
  • Spring 2022 Anita Alta Family Day – Day Help
  • Civic Engagement Coordinator
  • County Activity Day judges
  • 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.

Electric Project Leader(s)

  • Description: Curate hands-on learning opportunities to guide youth through electric project work. Help create a safe and welcoming environment, 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, if needed.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Spring 2022 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. This event’s date is TBD.
  • Time commitment: Check in will begin in the morning, and check out will be in the late afternoon, pending weather. Instructors can choose to be present a half day or a full-day and should expect to provide a program for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the subject.
  • 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.

Spring 2022 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. This event’s date is TBD.
  • Time commitment: Check in will begin in the morning, and check out will be in the late afternoon, pending weather.
  • 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.

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.”

County Activity Day judges

  • Description: County Activity Day is a program showcasing youth skill and talent. 4-H youth are encouraged to pre-register to compete or participate in a variety of activities, including public speaking, show and tell for our youngest youth and musical performances. Judges give feedback on how to improve these activities for the future. Our highest ranking 4-Hers will move on to the West District contest, so your critique will help them prepare for the next level of competition.
  • Time commitment: The contest is typically open from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. but the schedules varies some based on how many youth register. (Please make a note about the length of time you’d like to volunteer on the interest form.) This event’s date is TBD, but it will take place in April/May 2022.

Qualifications: County Activity Day judges must attend a short orientation meeting prior to the contest.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.