Becoming a 4-H Volunteer Leader

4-H volunteer leaders are the core group of every successful 4-H program! As a 4-H volunteer leader, you play a key role in helping young people grow as individuals, acquire new knowledge and skills, and become active members of their communities. You will gain personal satisfaction and pride in knowing you have contributed significantly to the personal development of youth.

For more information about 4-H and 4-H volunteer leadership, please feel free to check out one of the following information sheets:  Facts about 4-H, 4-H Volunteer Leader (Q & A), and 4-H volunteer leader sample job descriptions. All potential adult 4-H volunteers must go through our screening process and introductory education class.  Contact Melanie McCabe for a leader information packet or read and complete the process below:


Steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer leader

       1  Volunteer Service Application and Background Release forms (PLEASE REMEMBER: We need a copy of your official Photo ID with your Criminal background check form)

A completed application form begins your volunteer leadership journey.  All three references will be checked so please provide complete contact information and family members/relatives or others who live with you are not allowed.  A criminal background check is conducted by the Oregon State University Human Resources Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police. 

       2   NEW REQUIREMENTS: 4-H Volunteer "e-Learning Modules & "Orientation Training"

       3    Personal Interview Questionnaire

This serves as a basis for any interview follow-up needed with the potential volunteer leader.

4      4-H NEW Volunteer Leader Training Schedule

All volunteers must attend a 4-H Leader Education class. A 2 hour training sessions runs from evenings 6:30-8:30 pm or weekdays from 10am-Noon. Classes are held at the Marion County Extension Office at 1320 Capitol Street NE, Salem. Trainings take place between September-April.  Check out our 4-H Calendar for upcoming 4-H Leader NLT Orientation classes or call our office 503-373-3767503-373-3767  if you need a classes not scheduled.

Approval process:


After the 4-H office has received all of your paper work (including all 3 references, personal interview, proof of completing all 4 modules of the "4-H Volunteer e-Learning" and your criminal background check returning positive) and you have completed your training, will you receive an email letter with our congratulations. Then you may begin your 4-H volunteer leadership role in your club.