This position is based at the Merrimack County office in Boscawen, N.H.

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This position is located at Extension’s Merrimack County office in Boscawen, New Hampshire.

The 4-H program manager facilitates the growth of the county 4-H program and life-skill development of 4-H youth through recruitment, training, support, and guidance of volunteers in a community-based, youth organization. 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, works in local communities to offer youth online and in-person programming through clubs, collaborative community partnerships, afterschool programs, camps, and other educational activities. This position will have occasional night and weekend programmatic responsibilities over the course of each month.

N.H. 4-H programs are designed around a pathway model centered around national 4-H mission areas of STEM/agriscience, civic engagement, and healthy living. 4-H pathways are designed to engage youth in a sequential learning experience, enabling youth to build mastery of skill and knowledge as well as a sense of belonging to their community and world. As part of a county Extension team, this position may also be appointed in the future to serve as the county office administrator, a 20% appointment with a stipend (programmatic workload will be reduced to accommodate this appointment). Applications received by end of day July 8th will receive priority review.


Duties and Responsibilities

Volunteer Development and Support

Recruit, train, guide, and support 4-H volunteer leaders to support program outcomes, ensure risk management, and ensure the programmatic involvement of underserved and underrepresented audiences such that all educational programming is conducted in full accordance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures.

County 4-H Program Pathway Development and Delivery

Support, organize, plan and coordinate county-based entry points and follow-up experiences for youth and families along 4-H youth development pathways, including being responsive to local participant needs and concerns. Collaborate with 4-H field specialist for program pathway development, implementation, and evaluation.

State 4-H Team Pathway Support

Serve as a member of a program pathway’s state team to assist with the development, organization, planning, and coordination of statewide events and activities. Pathways include, but are not limited to, STEM/agriscience, civic engagement, and healthy living.

Program Reporting

Support programs by tracking enrollment information, coordinating evaluation data collection, completing timely reporting, monitoring 4-H club finances, and analyzing program effectiveness.

Professional Development

Identify individual professional development goals and seek training in subject area expertise and essential skills, such as group process, volunteer management, facilitation, and organizational skills.

Other Duties as Assigned

Perform projects, committee work, and local county Extension office work (e.g., engage with Advisory Council, engage local legislators/stakeholders, and participate in staff meetings and projects) as needed. Percentage of Time: 10%

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as education or human services
  • Professional or volunteer experience in work related to administering educational or community-based youth development programs
  • Valid N.H. driver’s license or other effective personal transportation means
  • Effective human relations and communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to reflect thoughtfully on personal bias in order to be welcoming to all potential participants and volunteers
  • Availability to work some nights and weekends

Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience developing and managing volunteers
  • Experience managing youth development programs
  • Experience with 4-H or similar youth development programs and/or other Cooperative Extension programming
  • Competence with social media
  • Experience working with diverse, vulnerable, or underserved populations


The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S. 


Extension State Specialist, 4-H Positive Youth Development
Office: UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824