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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Helen Monteith

Originally from New Jersey, Helen went to school at Marietta College in Ohio. While living in Houston for 17 years, Helen volunteered at a local school and worked at Head Start. Following her time in Houston and working as a teacher, she retired to Pebble Beach. After stopping in at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History for the first time, Helen decided to get involved and keep herself busy. She thoroughly enjoys interacting with and educating guests, and has settled into her role as a docent. Lastly, Helen continues to think fondly of her time volunteering as a driver for the American Cancer Society in Houston and Monterey County.