4-H Volunteer Opportunities

sheep and 4-H youth exhibiting at a fairAdult volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. They mentor 4-H youth, coordinate local community clubs, teach in 4-H school groups and help to plan and run events. Contact the Cumberland County 4-H office to learn about how to apply and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer.

Types of Volunteers:  

4-H Club Leader: Work in partnership with youth ages 9-18 to develop citizenship, leadership, and life skills. Whether you want to oversee a general club or a focus on a specific topic, you’ll help young people learn the importance of record keeping, public speaking, and service learning, while learning new skills and having fun.

4-H Cloverbud Leader: Work with young children ages 5-8 to introduce them to a wide variety of hands-on activities that will help them develop social skills, begin to learn about the world of 4-H, and have fun.

4-H Project Leader: Share your skills, talents or special interests such as photography, horses, dogs, rabbits, sewing, computers or woodworking. In this role, you may be called upon to offer a number of sessions at an afterschool program, or assist a club leader by sharing your expertise and working with their club members.

4-H Special Interest Club Leader: 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs are generally six sessions held on a topic of the volunteer’s choosing. Some SPIN clubs we have offered in the past include Introduction to Horses, Cake Decorating, Bees and Beyond, and more.

4-H Chaperone: Provide transportation or simply go with a youth group to a special event or activity. This could be for local, state or even national 4-H events.

Episodic 4-H Volunteer: We have a variety of volunteer opportunities that don’t require a long-term commitment. Judging at the fair, organizing the 4-H Exhibit Hall (visit the Cumberland Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall Coordinator & Committee Job Description page for more information) helping with a specific fundraiser, assisting with a garden project, scoring 4-H project records, or organizing an annual county event to name a few.

4-H Afterschool Volunteer: Teach a special interest program in a local afterschool program.

4-H Classroom-based Volunteer:  From 4-H Science to Public Speaking, teachers can work with their whole class and participate in 4-H projects as well as county 4-H events.

4-H School Staff Volunteer:  Bring the 4-H positive youth development approach and experiential learning techniques to all your work with your students.  By becoming a certified 4-H volunteer, you can strengthen your connection to the UMaine resources and receive training to enhance your teaching.

4-H Animal Science Committee: Work with a committed group of adult and youth volunteers to focus your energy and expertise to help provide educational opportunities for youth in a variety of livestock projects.