Animal Science Committee Member


Animal Science Committee Member


The work is statewide which includes two meetings a year in Central Maine and additional events and activities. The use of technology such as phone and video conferencing is used.


Work closely with ASC Members and Staff Liaison to develop and implement an educational program aligned with the Maine 4-H State Plan of Work for Maine 4-H members interested in a particular animal species.


  • ASC members must be currently enrolled Maine 4-H volunteers.
  • Demonstrated skills or knowledge in the commodity area
  • Demonstrated commitment to youth and youth development through “learning-by-doing” experiences
  • Demonstrated skills and experience working with groups of people, mainly volunteers and youth


  • Attend Spring and Fall ASC meetings.
  • Attend committee meetings as called by the Activity Coordinator or subcommittee chairs, as appropriate.
  • Work as a member of the committee to develop an annual educational plan of action based on identified needs in support of the commodity area.
  • Actively support and implement the annual educational plan.
  • Provide input in developing an annual budget for the ASC.
  • Work in support of helping to secure additional funding to support the ASC’s programs.
  • Provide input into Maine 4-H policies (which includes state, regional or national team selection process) relevant to the commodity in coordination with the university.
  • Assist in carrying out the selection process/tryouts for state, regional or national teams.
  • Support Maine 4-H policies.
  • If needed, be available to chaperone at ASC events or programs, or help identify appropriate 4-H volunteers who can serve in this role.
    • Note: The minimum age for an assistant event chaperone will be 21 and the minimum age for the chaperone acting in the role of group leader will be 25. They must also be currently enrolled Maine 4-H volunteers, and have completed Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training.  (Additional chaperone information is located in the Maine 4-H Policies, Procedures and Guidelines on-line manual.)
  • Follow through on commitments and provide feedback to committee members.
  • Help recruit new ASC committee members as needed.

Time Commitment

  • Term is three years.  It can be renewed by participating in the re-application process for up to three terms for a total of nine consecutive years.
  • Time commitment will vary depending on the committee; but is estimated at 40 to 60 hours per year for smaller programs, and over 300 hours per year for more complex programs.


  • Orientation for new members
  • Training as needed
  • Staff Liaisons and Animal Science State Program Coordinator provide support for each committee.


  • Share their knowledge and expertise with youth in the animal science program.
  • Network with other volunteers from around the state.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Access to research-based information


UMaine Extension Staff Liaison