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

            Bill Northrup joined the Museum as a volunteer this past March and has already made a big impact on the Museum. Bill enrolled in the certified California Naturalist class the Museum hosts every year, and immediately put his craftsmanship and love of nature to work.

            One of Bill's projects from the class can be viewed whenever you walk by the Native Plants Garden in the back of the Museum. Bill updated and fixed our garden signage. The new signs are not only beautiful, but they now clearly label the area as the Native Plants Garden and as the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The garden is one of the areas Bill volunteers in regularly. Currently we only have a few garden volunteers, and Bill's efforts in the area really show. The garden looks great.

            Bill has also put more of his California Naturalist training to use as he recently became a Museum Docent. Bill's friendly and warm demeanor make him a great addition to our Museum Docent program. We're very fortunate to have a volunteer who loves sharing nature with others, spending time working with native plants, and is a masterful woodworker. We look forward to Bill's continued service as a volunteer at the Museum.

            If you see Bill around the Museum be sure to congratulate him on all of his accomplishments. As Volunteer of the Month, Bill will receive a small gift from the Museum, as well as a featured article in our volunteer newsletter