4-H Volunteers

The University of Florida defines a volunteer as "any person who, of his own free will, provides goods or services to any state department or agency (4-H), with no monetary or material compensation."

Are 4-H Volunteers required to be screened and trained?

Yes, Florida 4-H policy requires that volunteers who are in contact with youth must be screened and trained. Volunteers who complete screening and training requirements are appointed to serve as a 4-H Volunteer during the current 4-H year. Volunteers must reapply for appointment each year.

What do 4-H Volunteers do?

Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities based on their interest, skills, and time constraints to support 4-H members, other volunteers, and the 4-H program in general. Because 4-H offers such a wide variety of events and activities, there is room for many different types of volunteers!

Which Volunteer positions are available?

Full-Time Positions (6 + hours per month)

    • Organizational Leader - 4-H Club Leader
    • Co-Leader - Assists Organizational Leader
    • Shooting Sports Leader/Coach (must be trained and certified in 4-H Shooting Sports)
    • Master 4-H Volunteer (requires advanced 4-H training to serve in middle management positions)

Part-Time Positions (1 - 5 hours per month)

    • Resource Leader
    • Project Leader (help youth with a particular 4-H project such as horse, sewing, rocketry, shooting sports, etc)
    • Support Leader
    • Advisory Committee Member
    • Foundation Board Member
    • Middle Manager

"Episodic" Volunteering

You can also sign up to help with a special event that you are interested in - we call this "episodic" volunteering!

4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Program

    • Judge a school or county contest
    • Public Speaking Coach
    • Help coordinate county or school contest


    • Judge Record Books
    • Help with fundraisers or other special events
    • Help out with the Fair
    • Judge County or District Events

What kind of support is available for Volunteers?

Volunteer support takes several forms. Our office sends periodic updates just for volunteers that include info about up-coming events, deadlines, and county policies. Club leaders meet monthly with the 4-H agent to receive training on new projects, procedures, and resource guide updates.

The Southern Region 4-H Volunteer Leaders Forum is an annual, four-day event which occurs every fall in Rock Eagle, Georgia. The Florida State Volunteer Leaders Forum takes place in April at Camp Ocala. Volunteers are not required to attend all of these trainings.

How do I sign up?

Each of our volunteers must complete a volunteer application, background check and interview. Once your application is processed and accepted, you will receive a letter of appointment, making you a bona-fide 4-H Volunteer.


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Did You Know?
  • The 4 "H's" stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.
  • The 4-H Motto is "To make the best better."