Volunteer Opportunities

MSHP Volunteers Have Fun in Many Ways!


Would you like to give historic walking tours? Can you help us in the park store? Do you like to help children learn about California history? Monterey State Historic Park Provides Training!  Volunteers also enjoy regular continuing education classes, field trips, and trainings.  Please call (831) 649-7172 for more information.
Note: Volunteers handle cash, work around historic collections and instruct children. All volunteers are required to pass a LiveScan backround check before assuming their duties.

Custom House Museum Storekeeper

Storekeepers work in the Custom House gift shop and promote and interpret Monterey State Historic Park buildings and activities.  They sell items and help visitors understand why these items are sold. Storekeepers ensure the Custom House remains open to the public seven days per week. Proceeds from the store directly support the park's educational progams for children.

Custom House Docent

Meet and greet visitors and welcome them to Custom House, California State Historic Landmark #1! No experience needed. Park staff and volunteers work alongside you until you're ready to go it alone. Share Monterey's unique history with visitors from around the world. 

History Tour Guide

Volunteer Guides augment our current program by providing guided history tours of the north end of the historic district. We train interested volunteers and provide them with enough research materials to organize and present a 1-hour history walking tour. 

Hands-on/Living History Docent
Living History Docents promote and interpret Monterey State Historic Park buildings and gardens.  They demonstrate and interpret early California activities like rope-making, branding, leather stamping, cooking, and embroidery for visiting school groups and Living History events. 

Robert Louis Stevenson House Docent
Stevenson House docents promote and interpret the Stevenson House.  They keep the house open to the public on Saturdays and the first Sunday of every month, beginning in late March.

Living History Dancer
Dancers educate and entertain the public about the history, dances, and customs of early California.  Demonstrations of historic dances and music occur periodically throughout the year during park Living History events.