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Applying to be a 4-H volunteer

All 4-H adult volunteers must apply and be appointed annually. Please follow the steps below to apply to be a 4-H adult volunteer. 

Screening Process

All new 4-H volunteers must go through a screening process. Our #1 priority in 4-H is the safety of young people. We do all we can to protect young people and keep them safe while they are in our care. An important part of providing a safe environment is to conduct background checks on our volunteers and staff. Everyone that will be spending an extended time with our 4-H youth is screened. When you become a 4-H volunteer, you are part of the plan to keep our young people safe.

  1. Complete the online 4-H Volunteer Interest Survey.

  2. Create an adult volunteer profile on 4hOnline.* Please make sure the email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly. This is how you will receive communications.

    *For Spanish: The 4hOnline system is only in English. Please fill in the paper enrollment packet in Spanish and turn it in to your club leader or county staff for them to enter it into 4hOnline for you. Please keep a copy of the paper forms for your records.

  3. Once you have submitted your enrollment in 4HOnline, you will be sent an email directing you to complete New Volunteer Training modules hosted at  http://campus.extension.org. The email will contain a self-enrollment key that you will need in order to register for the training and access the curriculum. Note that you will need to use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari as your internet browser; the training modules do not work well with Internet Explorer, or Edge.                                                                          
  4. Successfully clear a California Department of Justice background check (Livescan fingerprinting). Be sure to download and provide this form to any Livescan agency: Kern Request for Live Scan Service. You can go to any provider listed on the document found here on the California Department of Justice webpage: Kern County Livescan Service Providers. (Note: If you have less than 10 consecutive years of California residency, you will need to also check the "FBI" box in addition to "DOJ" in the Level of Service section of the form.)

  5. Pay the program fee to your club and you are done!


The County Director reviews and approves 4-H volunteer appointments after

  • You are signed up in 4hOnline.
  • You have passed the screening process.
  • You complete all of the New Volunteer Training required in your county.

Once you are approved, the fun begins!

  • Start connecting with 4-H families about your new role.
  • Take advantage of 4-H resources:
    • Skills development workshops
    • Approved curriculum to plan your projects
    • Volunteer leadership conferences

Your county may have additional resources specific to your county, so please connect with your county 4-H Program Representative.