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 Community Outreach Program 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

Volunteer Brian

John Townsell is our volunteer of the month for December. John has been an important part of our monarch education program since becoming a volunteer in 2010. He is extremely knowledgeable on monarch butterflies, and is able to explain the intricate details of the butterfly’s life cycle so that his audience, whether it be fifty-years-old or five-years-old, can understand.

His calm and friendly attitude allows him to make any guest, volunteer, or staff member feel immediately welcomed and appreciated. His dedication to the butterflies and his fellow volunteers is heartfelt and genuine. He’s an incredibly important part of our school field trip programs and helps make all of our programs better.

As volunteer of the month, John will receive a small gift and be featured on our website. Please congratulate John when you see him next, and thank him for his dedicated service as a volunteer.