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

Becky Ohsiek has been a volunteer with the Museum for four years and has been a tremendous asset as an event volunteer. Becky volunteers for nearly every Science Saturday, and as a current teacher, her skills and experience are greatly appreciated.

Becky’s done everything from explaining the migratory path of gray whales to handing out candy and prizes for Halloween. She’s terrific with younger guests and even recruited some of her middle school students to volunteer at events.

In addition to Science Saturday, she’s helped with Whalefest, Exhibition Openings, and Night Owl. Becky donates her time not only at the Museum, but also at the Aquarium and her school as a teacher. We’re not sure how she does it, but we’re extremely thankful she finds the time to volunteer. As Volunteer of the Month, Becky will receive a small gift of appreciation and a featured article on our website. Stop by on a Science Saturday and congratulate her on all of her wonderful work!