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 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

Elayne Azevedo has been a volunteer with the Museum since she moved to Pacific Grove in 2011. Her love for natural history, particularly her interest in animals, led her to take part in a variety of roles with the Museum. In the past, she's worked at a variety of jobs in environmental services, public relations and education. She’s also volunteered at the Sacramento Zoo, old Marine World Africa USA, wildlife rehab centers and other non-profits. 
“I enjoy sharing with others interested in natural history and the beauty of the area,” Elayne said. “Watching a child’s sense of awe and wonder is a thrill, and engaging with guests’ stories and questions provides a sense of contribution for a larger cause. The ambiance of the building itself is a treasure and I like being reminded of the gifts of patience, passion, and observation held by traditional naturalists.”
When it comes to advice for those interested in volunteering, Elayne says to just “do it.”
“Consider what would match your interests, skills and pleasure,” she said. “What makes you come alive will be energized and passed on to the guests. Drop by and watch Science Saturday in action. Talk to a docent. Attend an event. Check out the website and follow us on social media - watch, listen and enjoy.”