University of Maryland Extension

Volunteer Opportunities

The Role of a Maryland 4-H Certified UME Volunteer

Volunteers fill many valuable roles within the Maryland 4-H program in most, if not all, of our delivery modes including Chartered Clubs, Special Interest Groups, Short-Term Project Groups, Overnight and Day Camps, School Enrichment and After School Programming.  Without volunteers, Maryland 4-H would not be able to provide the variety of learning opportunities to the number of youth that we reach on an annual basis.  Thank you!

County 4-H Volunteer Roles

Each county program is different and roles may vary.  Contact your local extension office and speak with the 4-H Team to find out what opportunities are available in your county.  Typical volunteer roles include:

  • Club Organizational Leader
  • Project Leader
  • Activity Leader
  • Coach
  • Mentor
  • Contest Judge
  • Workshop Presenter
  • Event Coordinator
  • Trip Chaperone

State 4-H Coaches and Chaperones

The Maryland 4-H Program proudly fields a number of contest and event teams that travel out of state to compete or participate at National Events.  Youth must qualify to participate in these trips, but adults may apply to serve as an in-state coach or traveling coach/chaperone for each of the following state teams:

  • Archery Team
  • Dairy Judging Team
  • Engineering Team
  • Horticulture Team
  • Horse Judging Team
  • Horse Communication Team
  • Horse Bowl Team
  • Hippology Team
  • Shotgun Team
  • Poultry Judging Team
  • Dairy Bowl Team
  • Livestock Judging Team
  • Livestock Skillathon Team


 New in 2018 - The application process for Team Chaperone positions will be conducted through 4-H Online.  All interested applicants MUST:

  • Be at least 21 years of age (preferably 25).
  • Be a certified UME 4-H Volunteer for at least 3 years.
  • Be currently enrolled as a volunteer in 4-H Online.
  • Agree to adhere to the Maryland 4-H Adult Code of Conduct and enforce the Maryland 4-H Youth Code of Conduct.
  • Complete the application by the deadline identified for the desired team trip (see below).
  • Be verified by their county 4-H Educator.

An interest/knowledge in the subject matter of the trip is preferred.  Organization and a desire to work with senior age 4-H members is a plus!


Applications due January 15th (starting 2019)

  • o Livestock Skillathon Coach
  • o Horse Bowl Coach
  • o Dairy Bowl Coach
  • o Horse Hippology Coach
  • o Horse Judging Coach
  • o Horse Communications Coach


Applications due May 15th (starting 2018)

  • o Shooting Sports Coach/Archery (for 2019 trip)
  • o Shooting Sports Coach/Shotgun (for 2019 trip)
  • o Dairy Judging Coach
  • o Livestock Judging Coach
  • o Poultry Judging Coach
  • o Engineering Coach
  • o Horticulture Coach

Coach/Chaperone selection process includes:

  • Application- through 4-H Online
  • Verification- by county 4-H Educator
  • Screening and vetting- by State 4-H Office
  • Selection and appointment- by State 4-H Office
  • Appointment paperwork, orientation and training- by State 4-H Office


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