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Contact your county

You sign up as a volunteer through your local county Cooperative Extension office. The 4-H Representative in the Extension office can help you find clubs near you and start you on the process of becoming a volunteer. 

County UCCE Office- 707-463-4495

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 in English or Spanish 

4-H Volunteer Interest Survey

2. Create an adult volunteer profile on 4-H Online.

* Please note that the email address you enter in the Family email is the primary way you will receive communications from 4-H. After creating your profile, please check your Family email for information on next steps to becoming an approved Volunteer. If you do not receive an email, please verify that the email entered in 4-H Online is correct and notify your county 4-H Representative.

*For Spanish: The 4-H Online system is only in English. Please fill in the paper enrollment packet in Spanish (PDF) 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. Complete a Live Scan background check with the California Department of Justice. 

*Call UCCE Office and speak to Michelle for the latest livescan document and process

4. New Volunteer Training- eXtensions

All new 4-H volunteers are required to take the New Volunteer Training online courses in the eXtension system before they become approved as volunteers. This interactive training series introduces you to the best practices in positive youth development that are used in 4-H. The trainings are available in English and Spanish.

Instructions to create an account in eXtension will be sent to your Family email address. If you do not receive an email, please verify that the email entered in 4hOnline is correct and notify your county 4-H Representative. You should receive your County Enrollment Key from your County Extension Office. 

If you used a paper enrollment form, please check with your County Extension Office for the instructions and your course enrollment key.

If you have created your account and already have your county enrollment key, you can access the New Volunteer Training by clicking the English or Spanish versions below. 

2022-2023 California New Volunteer Course

2022-2023 Nueva Capacitación de Voluntarios de California


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.

5. If you are a Project Leader- Submit your project curriculum outline and sources to the County Program Representative (Jessica F.) for approval via email : jfarfan@ucanr.edu

Como voluntario, desempeñará un papel importante en el desarrollo de los jóvenes, ayudándolos a identificar su chispa y desarrollar las habilidades y los resultados positivos que los llevarán a prosperar.