Become a Volunteer!


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.

please complete a Volunteer Application To bEGIN volunteering at the Museum or Monarch Sanctuary. 

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.
  • Black Oystercatcher Monitor Volunteers
    Observe black oystercatchers at specified sites along the recreation trail in Pacific Grove or in Pebble Beach.

Meet our Volunteer of the Month


Our December Volunteer of the Month, Jackeline Hinojosa, has been part of the Museum family since July of this year. She can be found volunteering regularly for Science Saturdays and in the Museum Store. Jackeline said she chose the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History out of her fondness for both Pacific Grove and Monterey Bay.

“I learn so many new things every time I volunteer,” Jackeline said. “And I have discovered new passions for geology - specifically the exhibit on the jade in Big Sur - and for the monarch butterflies.”

Jackeline called the Museum staff and her fellow volunteers “some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure to meet” and said she hopes to continue volunteering at the Museum for many years to come.

“Their love for learning and sharing their knowledge with Museum visitors is infectious, and their compassion and work ethic is unparalleled,” she said.

One of her favorite activities is sharing her knowledge with children who visit during the Museum during her shift.

“I become full and satisfied knowing that I have fulfilled, not only the Museum's, but also my own vision ‘to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world,’” she said.