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

Bev Williams has volunteered at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History for just under thirty years. She’s witnessed lots of change during that time: new exhibits, new staff, even a new non-profit. She’s remained a committed volunteer throughout all of it. This past year the Museum changed dramatically, not only did we update exhibitions and tear down old displays, but we completely overhauled our Museum Store, where Bev volunteers.
Bev has rolled with the gift shop’s transformation and became very proficient with the new iPad register. In addition to helping with sales, she has a great wealth of information for anyone who comes into the Museum.
As a thank you for her commitment, Bev will be featured on the Museum website and receive a small gift. Stop in the Museum Store to congratulate her on her incredible volunteer service.