Mugs wall at the Burke

Photo: Burke Museum


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.

Public Programs Assistant

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, located in Seattle, WA, is the premiere museum of natural history and culture in the Pacific Northwest. The Burke Museum is involved in a multi-year transformation project that will culminate in a new museum facility. The “New Burke” will be a groundbreaking museum of natural history and culture that inspires wonder and pride about the Northwest and our place in the world. Under the supervision of the Director of Interpretation, the Public Programs Assistant plays an important role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Burke Museum public programs. The Burke Museum serves the public with a wide range of public programs for families and adults—from popular annual favorites, such as Bug Blast and Dinosaur Day, to cultural celebrations that are planned and carried out in partnership with local community groups. The Burke is seeking an experienced person to work with the Director of Interpretation, the Public Programs Manager, colleagues, and outside parties to assist in the planning, development, and implementation of an annual calendar of public programs.

To Apply: To apply visit UW Hires and reference requisition #127173.


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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