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

Laura and her pup, Bella!

Laura and her pup, Bella!

Laura Seidenberg

Volunteering here is as much a receiving as it is a giving. It all started with taking the California Naturalist course last spring that invited me to continue a relationship with the Museum. As a Seawatch and MPA (Marine Protected Area) Watch volunteer I immerse in the wonder and spectacle of coast and ocean, tides and wildlife, visitor and expert while collecting data. This corporate refugee has turned into a Community Scientist!

The time now on this planet is a critical one -- for me, knowing my home here helps to more aptly care for it. All the volunteer opportunities at the Museum offer a chance to learn, share and serve as we honor the land, waters and their critters. I couldn't ask for a more rich resource or dedicated people to join in the crucial work that needs doing at this time.