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

Phiho Nguyen, the July Volunteer of the Month, has been a fixture at the Museum since he started volunteering in December 2011. He became a volunteer out of a desire to share his love of nature with those visiting the California Central Coast from faraway lands. He particularly enjoys sharing his love of natural history with the children who visit the Museum and considers himself a “volunteer without borders.”
“The best part of volunteering at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is seeing the smiling faces of the children and getting a chance to speak the languages I acquired in school and through my travels with foreign visitors,” Phiho said.
Besides his role as a volunteer with the Museum, Phiho has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, a plein air painter, and worked as an engineer and a tele-interpreter.