4-H Program Coordinator

Base County
Counties Served

The Muscatine County 4-H Program Coordinator is responsible for the direct support of the 4-H volunteers in Positive Youth Development, and coordination of county programs, events, and activities.  Through the development of volunteers, staff will empower youth to reach their full potential through Youth-Adult Partnerships and research-based experiences.


Volunteer Development:

  • Identify and engage diverse audiences, both volunteers and youth. 
  • Implement a volunteer recruitment, training, supervision and retention strategy using Iowa 4-H Best Practices.
  • Assure compliance with risk management policies, including required training and screening of volunteers.
  • Apply teaching and learning strategies appropriate for diverse adult audiences. 

Organizational Support:

  • Serve as point of contact for the Muscatine County 4-H program.
  • Serve as lead coordinator of all county-wide 4-H activities (not just Fair).
  • Utilize Iowa 4-H technology, including 4-H Online and FairEntry, to manage program information.
  • Execute a communication strategy to volunteers, parents and youth, which may include emails, newsletters, social media posts, events or face-to-face contacts.
  • Collect, analyze, and share county data to ensure program effectiveness, communicate impact, and look for new programming opportunities relevant to county youth needs. 
  • Work with County Extension Director to ensure adequate financial resources are secured. 
  • Attend regional and state professional development meetings to stay current with programs and services.
  • Maintain knowledge of ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H educational programs and resources
  • Serve as the liaison to the Muscatine County 4-H Endowment Board.
  • Manage curriculum kit check-outs.
  • Represent Iowa State University, ISU Extension and Outreach, Muscatine County Agricultural Extension District and Iowa 4-H positively and professionally. 
  • Other duties as assigned by County Extension Director.


  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to advance the Iowa 4-H mission and vision in Muscatine County. 
  • Promote 4-H state and county events and activities working with local partners and media.
  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with other extension staff, County Extension Council, Muscatine County Fair Board, County FFA Chapters, and community partners.

Club Development:

  • Develop and implement strategies to welcome, support and retain new and existing 4-H members and families.
  • Provide ongoing support and organizational assistance as requested by 4-H Clubs. 
  • Provide positive youth development programming for Clover Kids, County Council and through workshops and activities for 4-H members.
  • Intentionally build opportunities for first generation youth to experience 4-H programming.
  • Serve as lead coordinator of all 4-H activities at the Muscatine County Fair, including pre and post-fair activities and events.  Ensure communication of important County and State Fair dates.

  • Passion to work with volunteers and youth using a Positive Youth Development framework.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work with persons from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to work flexible hours. The successful candidate will be expected to successfully manage their schedule including some evening and weekend meetings.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, solve problems, and prioritize.
  • Self-motivated and ability to initiate work without direct supervision.
  • People-oriented and skilled in customer relations.
  • Dependable team player, punctual and detail-oriented.
  • Appearance, attitude, and conduct conducive to a professional work environment.

Ability to lift 25 pounds including files, books, stacking chairs, moving tables, etc

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or a combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. 
  • Knowledge of volunteer management and Positive Youth Development.
  • Experience organizing events and activities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Programs, web design/editing, cloud-based storage systems, and teleconferencing systems.
  • Successful completion of a background check within the ISU Extension and Outreach policy.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.

Additional Information

Submit resume, and cover letter to Heidi Hoffman, hoffmanh@iastate.edu, or mail to 1601 Plaza Place, Muscatine, IA  52761.  Guaranteed consideration deadline is June 3rd,2024 or until filled.

Job Type
Full Time
Full-time (40 hours per week), hourly, regular position. General work week is between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday(note -even though we are closed to public still working to get 40 hours in), however, regular evening meetings, occasional weekend
Wages (type)
Wages (status)
Pay: $18-20/hour depending on experience

Regular Full-Time Employee.  Employed by the Muscatine County Agricultural Extension District.  PTO leave, FICA, IPERS, mileage reimbursement, professional development

Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.