Join the Burke team

When you work at the Burke, you get to help others discover more about the natural and cultural world—and do plenty of discovering yourself. There’s always something new to learn and experience!

You also get to be part of the University of Washington (UW) community. UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions that values its people as one of the most important assets in its pursuit of excellence in education, research and community service. UW staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

Find out about open employment positions below or consider getting involved through one of our volunteering opportunities.

Curator with bat specimens

Photo: Robert Wade Photography

Burke employees at Seahawks rally

Photo: Burke Museum

Burke employees at Curators Dinner

Photo: Robert Wade Photography

Burke employee at Curators Dinner

Photo: Robert Wade Photography

Employment Opportunities

Employment at the Burke Museum is managed by the University of Washington. Details for current openings may be found on the University of Washington’s employment page.

Career positions offer competitive benefits, including medical and dental insurance, museum membership, and a tuition exemption program. To learn more, visit the UW Benefits & Work/Life page. The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Work Study Positions
The Burke Museum has a number of work-study positions available to students who qualify. To find current opportunities, go to the University of Washington’s work study page and search for “Burke Museum.”

Open Positions

Current openings at the Burke Museum are listed below if available. For a full job description and application instructions for each position, visit the University of Washington’s employment page and search using the “Req #” listed with the position that interests you. Please do not send unsolicited resumes to Burke Museum staff.

Grant Writer
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grant Writer is responsible for developing, writing, tracking, and reporting on grants to benefit the Burke Museum. Fundraising efforts will support general operating, exhibits, education, capital and other museum priorities. The grant writer is responsible for cultivating and stewarding a large portfolio of corporate, foundation, tribal and government funders. 
To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #153758
Assistant Director of School & Teacher Programs

Reporting to the Director of Education, the Assistant Director of School and Teacher Programs is responsible for managing all aspects of the Burke Museum’s educational programs for PreK – 12 students and educators. This includes setting program strategies that align with the Museum’s overall goals and objectives, managing budgets, managing program staff, developing program curriculum, building community partnerships, and more. This position serves in a supervisory role to the Onsite School Programs Manager, the BurkeMobile Manager, the Outreach Program Manager, and other program delivery staff, providing strategic direction and oversight of all onsite programs.

This position provides insight and knowledge of school and educator audiences and works closely with the Director of Education to develop impactful strategies for programs and resources that lead to increased engagement and impact. It also is responsible for developing and successfully implementing annual work plans and budgets that align with the Museum’s overall goals and objectives.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #153932

Security and Facilities Manager

The Security and Facilities Manager is responsible for overseeing all capacities of daily operation at the Burke Museum including, but not limited to, facility oversight and scheduling, maintenance, emergency procedures, custodial support, shipping and receiving, grounds keeping and transportation. This position will also perform and supervise preventative maintenance related to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, mechanical, security, safety, custodial and audio visual equipment.


Additionally, the Security and Facilities Manager provides leadership and management of all aspects of security functions at the Burke Museum. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive security, health and safety, emergency preparedness and fire prevention policies and programs to safeguard the Burke Museum’s staff, visitors, building and collections.  Working alongside the Visitor Services Manager, the Security and Facilities Manager will develop a program and lead a team of a highly responsive and service oriented Visitor Services and Events hourly staff who safeguard the museum’s exhibits and collections while simultaneously creating a safe, pleasant and engaging experience for all visitors and patrons. This position will also consult and collaborate with all other departments to define security needs for collections, exhibits, events and programs.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #154326

Aftercare Provider

The Summer Aftercare provider is a five-week position responsible for supervising youth ages 5-13 for up to 2.5 hours after the end of Burke Museum Summer Camps. This positon is offered through the Burke Museum Education Division, under the general supervision of the Director of Education, reporting to Youth & Family Programs Manager. 

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #154430

Summer Museum Educator

The Summer Museum Educator position is a 4-5 week summer positon responsible for leading on-site youth camp programs for the Burke Museum Education Division, under the general supervision of the Director of Education, reporting to Youth & Family Programs Manager. There are three opportunities available to serve as a Summer Museum Educator. 

 To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #154428, 154431, 154429

Visitor Services Staff

Visitor Services Admissions staff perform multiple roles in support of Museum operations and programs, depending on Museum need and staff availability.


  • Welcome visitors and provide excellent customer service. Explain exhibits and assist visitors in way-finding. Warmly orient visitors and answer questions about all facets of the museum and surrounding area.
  • Process admission, membership, and gift store transactions. Explain and promote Burke membership and other promotions.
  • Serve as front line of security for galleries and public spaces. Monitor traffic through galleries; contribute to smooth operation of special events, member previews and public programs. Monitor security cameras.
  • Maintain galleries and lobby by cleaning glass, and picking up trash.  Support the Admissions Assistant Manager in maintaining a clean and orderly admission desk, notifying Supervisor of any supply requests. 


  • Actively engage with visitors in the galleries to offer information about exhibits and museum collections. In coordination with other museum staff, ensure public safety and museum security, which may include responding to alarms and enforcing museum gallery policies.


  • Act as support staff during programs and events. Assist in setup and cleanup including moving tables, chairs and other equipment. Facilitate excellent visitor experience during events. In coordination with other museum staff, endure public safety and museum security.

Requirements and Desired Qualifications:

Outgoing personality with excellent customer service experience, strong communication skills, and fluency in English required. Cash handling and register experience mandatory. Ability to remain on his/her feet for extended periods of time and move equipment and furniture. Must pass a mandatory background check.  Experience or strong interest in natural history and culture, visitor services and museums preferred. Desired: fluency in American Sign Language and/or languages other than English.

This is a part-time, hourly position with shifts that include weekdays, some evenings, weekends, and holidays. Must be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week and available to work Saturday, Sunday and holiday shifts. Schedules are variable and average 10 hours per week. This is a temporary position, to end 12/31/2018.

To apply, submit resume, brief letter of interest and schedule availability to:

Emily Kreidler
Admissions Assistant Manager
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture


If you don’t see a job you’re suited for, we encourage you to consider becoming a Burke volunteer. Whether you’re looking to volunteer at a one-time event or a longer-term position, the Burke offers a range of opportunities. From behind the scenes to working with the public, you may find something that’s a good fit for your skills and interest. 

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