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

Pat Carriveau became a volunteer with the Museum in 2014 shortly after becoming a permanent resident on the peninsula. During her time at the Museum, Pat has made the Museum Store a much more welcoming and warm place. She takes the time to get to know each guest, making sure they make the most of their visit to both the Museum and the Monterey Peninsula. In addition to her store volunteer responsibilities, Pat’s experience as a master gardener comes in handy when she helps with special projects, such as developing Science Saturday activities and more. We’re very happy Pat began volunteering with us, and look forward to her continued presence in the gift shop.