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.

Membership Manager
The Burke Museum is seeking a strategically-minded, process-oriented person to manage the new membership program and lead acquisitions efforts leading up to the New Burke Grand Opening in October 2019. The Membership Manager will work across the museum with the public programs, visitor services, communications and development teams to implement an annual membership program that encourages visitors to further their engagement with the Burke and progress from a one-time ticket buyer or social media fan to a member, donor, or volunteer. This involves managing a robust on-site sales program and other communications strategies to attract new members, as well as providing meaningful and unique opportunities for existing members to connect with the Burke. 
The Membership Manager is responsible for program development, data management and integrity, annual budgeting and planning, ensuring progress toward target KPIs, successful event execution and logistical coordination across departments, conducting ongoing evaluation, and proactively proposing ideas to maximize program profitability while supporting the Burke's mission. 
To Apply:  Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #166550
Assistant Director for Cultural Education Initiatives
Reporting to the Director of Education, the Assistant Director for Cultural Education Initiatives is responsible for providing insight and knowledge of best practices in cultural education programs and resources across BurkeEducation. This includes establishing program initiatives, developing program curriculum, building and maintaining community partnerships, coordinating departmental trainings, and more. 
To Apply:  Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #166034

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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