Volunteer

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Become a Volunteer!

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.

please complete a Volunteer Application To bEGIN volunteering at the Museum or Monarch Sanctuary. 

There are many different volunteer positions available to suit anyone's talents. 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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Paul Meredith

Paul has been a bug guy since 2nd grade. Somewhere between then and now he, along with his wife, were Business Prof's in Georgia and Louisiana, eventually retiring to the Texas Central Coast. There he trained and certified as a Master Gardener volunteer and a Texas Master Naturalists (TMN). He became a naturalist-citizen scientist involved in native plant and invertebrate conservation. Trained in Texas as an AgriLife Entomology Specialist, he studied and lectured on native pollinators and their conservation; eventually co-curating a pollinator-project on iNaturalist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. As a TMN Volunteer he regularly collected, classified, and reported phytoplankton found in Texas coastal waters to a NOAA project concerned with hazardous algal blooms.

Paul explored being involved with Pacific Grove Museum even before moving here in June, 2018. The Museum's Mission and the folks he met just clicked with him, part of the reason he located here. By fall he'd been accepted as a volunteer, trained, and engaged: docenting Science Saturdays, working in the PG Monarch Sanctuary, and helping with school field trips and adult tours there.

That great fit for Paul includes the Museum finding a niche for him in their partnership with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)'s Phytoplankton Monitoring Program, improving our understanding of what is “out there.” Protecting and managing the Sanctuary's ecology effectively requires a firm basis in facts based on good science, something he believes in and is committed to supporting. Sharing that information and science with his adopted State's citizens is Paul's other life commitment.