UGA Extension Office


Want To Become a 4-H Volunteer?

Hi Georgia 4-H!

The first edition of Georgia 4-H Hearts and Hands, volunteer newsletter, is now available online!   This newsletter is intended to highlight volunteer happenings from around the state, share volunteer successes, and assist in keeping Georgia 4-H Volunteers “in the know!”   

Find the first edition here:

Join our team and make a difference in the life of a child!

Contact our office if you would like to become 4-H Volunteer


  • Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  • All Volunteers must complete a Volunteer Agreement
  • Volunteers working with youth must complete a Volunteer Application, supply 3 non-related references, pass a background check, and complete the online training, Georgia 4-H: Working with Youth & Managing Risk.
  • Volunteer drivers must pass a Motor Vehicle screening (included in volunteer application).

Categories of Volunteers (See full description in the UGA Extension Volunteer Policy Overview):

  • General Volunteer
  • Screened Volunteer
  • Screened Volunteer Working with Youth

Coaching Requirement for Competition:
In all cases, coaches (both paid staff and volunteer) are required to complete training in order for the county to field a team for competition. Each counties' Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging, Forestry Field Day, Poultry Judging, and Wildlife Judging is required to be coached by a certified coach. Coaches may enlist additional leaders to assist with instruction and may coach more than one county team. 4-H Coach's Certification is obtained by completing the Georgia 4-H Certified Judging Coach's training for the specific event.

Each S.A.F.E. team in each discipline (archery, pistol, B.B, rifle, and shotgun) is required to be coached by a certified paid staff or volunteer coach. If a meeting, practice or S.A.F.E. event is held a certified coach in that discipline is required to be in attendance along with screened volunteers for assistance. Certification is obtained by completing the Georgia 4-H Certified S.A.F.E. Coach's Training in that discipline. Visit our Shooting Sports page to see S.A.F.E. coaching requirements and trainings.