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

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October Volunteer of the Month Xenia Moos has been a part of the Museum since 2016. She originally started as a docent in the Monarch Sanctuary last November. While she continues monarch butterfly interpretation for the Sanctuary’s visitors, she’s also become involved in the Native Plant Garden and helps with Science Saturdays, where she can typically be found at a craft table with Museum guests.
“The kids all have great attitudes and they are a joy to be around. It's great to see the museum so full of enthusiastic people,” Xenia said.
Moos, who said she has lived in Seaside most of her life, attended the California Naturalist program at the Museum last spring where she focused her capstone project on the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve in Del Rey Oaks. Moos, who met her husband at the Defense Language Institute, said she enjoys hiking and her Eastern Orthodox Faith, not to mention her five children and three grandchildren.
“I enjoy hiking in the Monterey area and my favorite place to hike is Nicene Marks park in Aptos.  I love the PG Museum and very much enjoy volunteering there,” Xenia said