Monarch Monitors Needed



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
United States


Are you concerned about the decline of monarch butterflies? Can you give a few hours a month this fall and winter to help them?  We need 2-4 volunteers to monitor the conditions at a site where monarchs spend the winter. We will use the information gathered to improve the conditions so the monarchs are better protected and more likely to survive winter storms. Volunteers will be trained to collect information such as temperature, humidity, light and windspeed at two overwintering sites located in Cambria. They will then be responsible for visiting the groves twice a month to record data for 2-3 hours from October through February.  One visit will occur in the morning (8:00 am) and the other in the afternoon (2:00 pm).

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in making a difference by being a part of a citizen science project. It is also an excellent opportunity for students interested in gaining field experience in the natural sciences. Volunteers can optionally learn to count monarch butterflies as well, and be part of the official Thanksgiving Counts that monitor fluctuations in monarch populations throughout California. 

Applicants must be self-directed, reliable, precise, thorough and tolerant of working in an environment with poison oak.  If interested, contact Holly at 805-239-3928 or


Training Provided

We welcome

International Volunteers

How To Apply

Contact Holly Sletteland at or 805-239-3928. Describe your interest and any relevant experience.