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.

  • Field Trip Volunteers
    Whether it be in the Museum, the Monarch Sanctuary, along a watershed, or beside the coast, come be a part of our amazing education programs.

  • Black Oystercatcher Monitor Volunteers
    Join this incredible community science program by observing black oystercatchers at specified sites along the recreation trail in Pacific Grove or in Pebble Beach.

  • Plankton Monitor Volunteers
    Come look under a microscope and discover the wonderful world of plankton! Take stewardship of our marine sanctuaries with this hands-on community science program.

  • MPA Watch Volunteers (Marine Protected Area Watch)
    Walk along the coast while help protecting the ocean with this self-scheduled and fully outdoors community science program.