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 Volunteer Coordinator, 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

Imani Thomas, the Museum’s October volunteer of the month, can often be found on the seashore. She’s been instrumental in helping the LiMPETS program and at events such as Science Saturdays and Night Owl. Thomas has been a part of LiMPETS for three years, with two of those years spent working on her CSU Monterey Bay bachelor’s degree in marine science. 
“The thing I like best about volunteering is seeing the kids interact with nature and teaching them about the importance of citizen science in a fun and engaging way,” Thomas said. “I also enjoy working with all of the other volunteers and staff at the museum. They are all extremely friendly people and very knowledgeable about the various activities happening within the museum.”
Thomas said she became interested in volunteering out of a desire to create a positive impact for students seeking first-hand scientific experience. She chose to volunteer at the Museum after visiting both the exhibits and the Monarch Sanctuary.