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Orange County 4-H is seeking adults with a passion for youth development and a heart for service. North Carolina 4-H has two types of Certified Volunteers. From working with our community clubs to serving on our advisory council, you can help us “make the best better” in Orange County.

Types of Volunteers

CERTIFIED LEVEL 1 VOLUNTEERS: An individual who works closely with, interacts with, supervises, instructs, or otherwise comes into direct contact with minors in a program/activity/event. Level 1 volunteers are required to have a background screening completed once every three years. NC State University manages the screening process at no cost to the volunteer applicant. Applicants are also required to submit a volunteer application, a list of references, interview with the 4-H Agent, and watch an annual training video on compliance with rules governing interactions with minors.

4-H Club Volunteer (Whether you choose to volunteer with an existing club or start a new 4-H Club, 4-H Club Volunteers are our most active group of adults working with 4-H youth across the county.)

  • Club Leader: An individual who serves as the primary leader for the club, group, or unit.
  • Club Co-Leader: An individual who provides leadership or assistance with an activity or variety of activities in the club/group/unit program but is not the primary lead.
  • Club Assistant/Coach: An individual who works with a 4-H Club, group, or unit in various program roles.
  • Shooting Sports Club Leader: An individual who serves as the primary leader for a shooting/target sports club.
  • Shooting Sports Club Co-Leader: An individual who provides leadership or assistance with an activity or variety of activities in the club/group/unit program but is not the primary lead.
  • Shooting Sports Club Assistant/Coach: An individual who works with a 4-H Club or group in a discipline area.

General Program Volunteer

An individual who serves in various direct serve-to-youth roles at the club, county, district, and/or state level. Not associated with a specific club.

  • Short-Term Special Interest Program Volunteer: Teaching youth a specific skill or providing other learning opportunities over the course of a few weeks such as sewing, raising livestock for district and state shows, life skills, computer science and coding, or other subjects. This is a great option for homeschool groups as well who are looking for short-term extra-curricular or enrichment activities connected with 4-H resources.
  • Other Examples: Coaches and Judges for 4-H Presentations; Fishing Rodeo Assistant; Assistants for 4-H Day and Residential Camps; Chaperone for 4-H Congress

Source: National 4-H Council

CERTIFIED LEVEL 2 VOLUNTEERSAn individual who works with Extension youth programs in roles not linked directly with youth and /or have limited/supervised youth interaction. Level 2 volunteers are not allowed to serve in roles where they could have direct youth interaction unless supervised by an Extension employee and/or a Level 1 volunteer. *Level 2 volunteers are not required to complete the background screening process.

Indirect Youth Volunteer: An individual who provides program/event support that does not involve direct youth interaction and/or has limited/supervised youth interaction under the supervision of an Extension employee and/or Level 1 volunteer.


Interested in joining our volunteer team? Reach out to our 4-H Agent Jonathon Smith at or 919-245-2057. All 4-H volunteers should be at least 18 years of age*. To apply to become a Level 1 or Level 2 volunteer, complete the online application at Be sure that you select Orange as your primary county when setting up your account. Once we receive your volunteer application, our staff will follow up with you regarding next steps.

*NOTE:  Certain roles and responsibilities are limited to volunteers age 21 years and older. Let us know if you have any questions.

Pictures of 4-H volunteers with youth

4-H volunteers with youth at Cedar Grove community sign on National 4-H Day of Service.