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

Cindy helping at our Mushroom Science Saturday

     Jeff Rothal is the Museum's Volunteer of the Month for June. Jeff joined the Museum as a volunteer this past January, and has been a wonderful addition to our docents. Jeff creates a welcoming and fun experience for guests of all ages. Jeff is always in a good mood, he's polite, and very approachable. During one of his shifts he spends most of his time on the floor and talking with guests about whatever exhibit they happen to be exploring. He's got a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to go the extra mile for Museum visitors - whether its help in identifying a bird or flower they've found or looking up the answers to tough questions online for guests, Jeff ensures that not only can he find an answer for their questions, but that it's the right answer. 

   Most recently, Jeff was a huge help when a school group arrived unexpectedly. He immediately jumped in and helped our Education Manager, Ann Wasser, handle the large group. He not only assisted with the group, but was great with the kids and really made sure that they had a great experience at the Museum. It's wonderful to have Jeff as a weekly docent at the Museum. 

   If you come to the Museum on a Wednesday morning, be sure to stop by and congratulate Jeff on being on Volunteer of the Month. As Volunteer of the Month, Jeff will receive a small gift and a featured article in our Volunteer Newsletter.