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 Education 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

Volunteer Connie Masotti loves to learn new things. She’s been a volunteer with the Museum since 2011.
Connie said she loves how relevant the Museum is to living on the California coast. She originally volunteered out of an interest in monarch butterflies.
“I love every minute of learning new things,” Masotti said. 
One of her favorite moments, oddly enough, happened in Alabama, but had everything to do with her time in Pacific Grove.
“My grandson and I were watching a movie at the theater on one of those hot summer days in Alabama when you can’t breathe outside. Our usual time would be spent outdoors doing something. It was not a nature film, but a picture of a bee landing on a flower came on screen, and my grandson hollered, ‘Yaya, pollination,’” Masotti said.