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4H Wildlife Stewards
 
Bringing Science and Nature Together...one school at a time.


HOW TO APPLY

Congratulations on your decision to serve as a volunteer leader in the 4-H Wildlife Stewardsand School Garden program!  Your role is critical in providing opportunities for you to learn and grow in a caring and supportive environment.  You will be joining a growing group of dedicated and committed 4-H leaders who are working with students and teachers to create, us, and sustain habitat  and garden Education Sites on school grounds for science learning.

4-H Wildlife Stewards Leaders and School Garden Leaders

Becoming a 4-H Wildlife Stewards is a five step process:

  1. Review the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Volunteer Position Description, required qualifications and terms of service
  2. Complete a 4-H Volunteer Service Application
  3. Complete the 4-H Background Release form (criminal background check)
  4. Participate in a 4-H Wildlife Stewards Basic Training

Submit your 4-H Volunteer Service Application to your local 4-H office or the 4-H Wildlife Stewards office in Portland.  A 4-H staff member will follow up to help you get started.

4-H Junior Wildlife Stewards  and School Gardens After-school Club Leader:

Interested parents and community members who cannot complete the 24-hour training immediately but want to get involved can also join the program as a 4-H leader in one of our 4-H Junior Wildlife Stewards After-school Clubs.  To apply as a 4-H after-school club leader, complete these three steps:

  1. Complete a 4-H Volunteer Service Application
  2. Complete the 4-H Background Release form (criminal background check)
  3. Participate in a 4-H After-school Leader Training

Submit your 4-H Volunteer Service Application to your local 4-H office or the 4-H Wildlife Stewards office in Portland.  A 4-H staff member will follow up to help you get started.

Position Description

4-H Wildlife Stewards and 4-H School Garden leaders work with 4-H Member School to assist teachers and students in the development and use of wildlife habitat and school gardens on school grounds. The schools have been screened and approved as partner schools with the 4-H Program. A 4-H Wildlife Steward or school garden leader may be asked to:

  • Help map and inventory the garden site on school grounds
  • Help students research, select, and order plants and seed for the habitat
  • Work with the landscape architect to help involve students in designing the garden
  • Assist teachers in presenting lessons and activities in or about the garden
  • Participate in 4-H Garden Team meetings
  • Work with students to help them learn gardening skills and gain an appreciation for nature
  • Help students keep portfolios of their work including reading logs and arts and crafts projects, related to the garden
  • Help document the schoolyard garden project at their school by keeping journals and taking notes and/or photographs, in order to provide documentation to their school and the 4-H Program
  • Keep in contact with and submit biannual reports to the 4-H Volunteer Coordinator
  • And more as needed

Qualifications:

  • Previous work with children in schools or other meetings as a parent, volunteer, camp counselor, or teacher
  • Willingness to provide support for teachers in a classroom setting
    Good people skills
  • Interest in gardening, wildlife and/or natural history
  • Well organized and the ability to work in a team setting
  • Active interest in natural resource issues and in helping children and adults contribute to a healthy sustainable environment beginning in their schools and their communities


Terms: Able to commit a minimum of 50 hours within a one-year period. THIS IS A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY.

 

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