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

Nancy Bryson, our June Volunteer of the Month, spends her time both reading about and exploring the natural world. Having moved to the central coast in 2014, she quickly discovered the Museum and has since served over 250 hours.
“My first visit to the Museum was to see the bird gallery to understand more about the birds I had been seeing along the coast,” Nancy said. “The annual Wildflower Show, the Illustrator's Show, and the variety of interesting speakers clinched it for me.”
Nancy said she enjoys many of the volunteering opportunities available through the Museum, which she called a great place to learn and meet others with similar interests. 
“Science Saturday is a wonderful way to see children experiencing the natural world; the Monarch Sanctuary has many visitors who want to know more about the Monarch's amazing migrations from November to February; Citizen Science opportunities are available through participating in the Thanksgiving and New Years' Monarch counts, Black Oystercatcher Monitoring from April to July, LiMPETS exploring tide pools at low tide, and the California Naturalist program,” Nancy said.