Volunteer

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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

Matthew McConnell, our August Volunteer of the Month, likes to volunteer where he lives. He’s been doing so for the last eight years, but only discovered his love for volunteering at museums three years ago. He’s been a volunteer at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History for the last 10 months.

Matt hails from Michigan and moved to California with his wife about a year ago. He’s lived in a number of locations, such as Corvallis, Oregon, where he completed his MS in History of Science and Science Education. He also co-hosted a radio show there called Inspiration Dissemination, where they interviewed researchers about their work and personal stories live.

“It was one of the coolest projects I have been part of and would love to do something in that format again, whether live or as a podcast,” Matt said.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a psychology degree, he began volunteering in Rhode Island before moving to North Carolina to work on primate and animal research. There he began volunteering at the Duke Lemur Center and discovered the Raleigh Natural History Museum and the UNC Planetarium, which led him to become a volunteer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Besides his experience as a volunteer at the Museum, Matt also plans to teach a class two nights a week at the Pacific Grove Adult Education Center called "Traditions in Natural History". The class will focus on the history of science class with a possible Museum visit at the end of the class.

“My favorite part of volunteering, like many docents, is any moment when the love of learning and discovery really comes out in visitors of any age,” Matt said. “The hard thing isn't choosing to volunteer, its choosing where and how to volunteer. As an added bonus, it is a really great way to get to know the community and to help preserve a really special collection with roots in that community. All the volunteers here have a lot of different skills and interesting backgrounds and that makes for a really strong team. I've volunteered in a few places across the country, so far the PG Museum is honestly where I feel the sense of connection between volunteers, staff, and public is strongest. That's really what makes is worthwhile for me.”