Your help is needed!


We are a small museum. Volunteers are essential to us continuing to be a great community resource and fulfill our mission to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world.

To become a volunteer at the Museum or Monarch Sanctuary, please complete a Volunteer Application.

There are many different volunteer positions available, with varying levels of commitment. If you do not see a position that suits you, please contact our Education Manager, to discuss alternative volunteer positions. 

  • Museum Docents

  • Welcome guests and support school field trips while sharing your knowledge and love of the natural animals, flora, and geology that make California's Central Coast unique.

  • Museum Store
    Come work in our cozy gift shop. Talk with a wide variety of the public while generating financial support for the Museum.

  • Monarch Docents
    Spend your time at the lovely Monarch Sanctuary in Pacific Grove talking with visitors from around the world about our special winter home for monarch butterflies.

  • Gardeners
    Our Native Plants Garden needs your care. Come help maintain it’s beauty as you learn about the native flora of the Central Coast.

  • Science Saturday & Event Volunteers
    Become a volunteer for our community Science Saturdays, lectures, exhibition openings, and/or fundraising events.

Meet our Volunteer of the Month

Mother and daughter volunteers Nicole Munoz (left) and Jennifer Murphy (right) can often be found at the Museum for Science Saturday. The two volunteer throughout the community and have volunteered with the Museum for the last eight months. 
Murphy said her daughter hopes to volunteer in the Museum's gift shop when she turns 16. 
"Nicole likes to volunteer and because she is 12, we volunteer together," Murphy said. "Volunteering is a wonderful way to be part of the community and feel a sense of ownership in your world. And it allows Nicole to engage in conversation with adults in a professional manner. These communication skills will serve her well when she enters the business world."