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Adult Volunteer Enrollment

Being a Volunteer

Our volunteers are a key part of the 4-H Youth Development Program.

By volunteering, you are helping to grow the skills of 4-H youth to be our future leaders.

New Volunteers


All 4-H volunteers must apply and be appointed annually.

Process to become a new 4-H Adult Volunteer

1. Find a club

See our

 to find a club near you.  You can also contact Ira Jones at 209 966-2417 or irajones@ucanr.edu or visit the Mariposa County Extension office for help in finding clubs to start you on the process of becoming a volunteer.  Contact the club leader to learn more about the volunteer opportunities available in the club.

2. Screening Process

All new 4-H volunteers must go through a screening process.  Our #1 priority in 4-H is the safety of our young people.  We do all we can to protect young people and keep them safe while they are in our care.  When you become a 4-H volunteer, you are part of the plan to keep our young people safe.

1. Complete the 4-H Volunteer Interest Survey in English or Spanish.
2. Create an adult volunteer profile in 4-H Online *

Please make sure the Family email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly.  The email will be used for most communications and to confirm your volunteer application.

*For Spanish: the 4hOnline system is only in English.  You can 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 in your records.

3. Complete a California Department of Justice Live Scan background check.

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.

  • Download the request for livescan  and print 3 copies.
  • Take the forms with you to a Live Scan location and get fingerprinted.
  • Adult volunteers are responsible for paying any fees charged at the Live Scan location.
  • The Live Scan staff will keep one copy of the form, and you should keep one copy for your records.  Please mail or drop off the remaining copy to the County 4-H Office for our records.

3. New Volunteer Training

1. Online Training

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.  Spanish training is coming soon!

After you complete and submit your 4hOnline profile you will receive an automated message with the eXtension login instructions.  The email will go to the Family email account you entered in 4hOnline.

If you used a paper enrollment form, you will have to check with your county 4-H Representative for the login instructions.


4. Pay the $20 enrollment fee to your club.

Pay online at https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=39201 or by check payable to UC Regents to the county office.


5. Approval

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

  • You are signed up in 4hOnline.
  • You have passed the screening process.
  • You have completed all of the online New Volunteer training required.

Once you are approved, the fun begins!  Thank you for joining our 4-H family!


Returning Volunteers

 Returning Volunteers

4-H has grown in California because of the dedication of our volunteers.  Some of our volunteers have supported 4-H for 30 years or more!

Re-apply annually by December 15th

All 4-H volunteers must be appointed annually.  If you are a current 4-H Adult Volunteer, to continue in the next year you need to re-apply and be re-appointed by December 15th to continue with no break in service.

Re-application process

1. Update your 4hOnline profile.

Log in to 4-H Online to update your profile to enroll for the new year.  Please make sure the email address in the system is correct and one you check regularly.

2. Take the on-line Returning Volunteer Training in the eXtension system.

You will receive the login information sent to your Family email after you update and submit your 4-H Online profile application for the new year.  If you used a paper enrollment form, you will have to check with your county 4-H Representative for the instructions.

3. Pay the $20 enrollment fee to your club.

Pay either on-line at


or by check payable to UC Regents to the county office.

4. Get approved as a 4-H Volunteer.

After all the application requirements and mandatory trainings are completed, the County Director reviews and approves the volunteer appointments.

NOTE: If you have a break in service

You have a break in service if you are not currently enrolled as a 4-H volunteer when you apply for the new year.  Please follow the process for New Volunteers when applying.