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

Before volunteering at the Monarch Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Museum volunteer Heather McWalter had never visited the site. After moving to the area in the early 1980s as a military child, she went on to become a volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 1997 and at Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing in 2003, and her love for the peninsula grew. She became a Museum docent in 2012.
“I had always wanted to learn about the butterfly grove, so when I saw a request for volunteers I decided to take the plunge,” Heather said.
While naturally introverted, Heather said she enjoys volunteering as it pushes her out of her comfort zone. She loves getting to interact with people, obtaining knowledge about the central coast, and trying new and different things.
“I have many great memories volunteering for the Museum,” she said. “Tagging butterflies in Big Sur for research purposes was a unique opportunity that made for a happy memory.”
During her time with the Museum, Heather has volunteered for the Sanctuary, the Museum’s Gift Store, and for a number of special events, including Night Owl and Science Saturday.
“I really appreciate how flexible the Museum is in allowing me to volunteer in a way that best fits my schedule. Additionally, as a returning college student, I appreciate how members of the staff were willing to let me pick their brains for several of my assignments,” Heather said.