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.

Assistant Director, Bill Holm Center

The Assistant Director of the Bill Holm Center is fully involved with the running of the center and all of its programs. This position exists to implement the mission of the Bill Holm Center in running a globally accessible learning center for Northwest Coast art at the Burke Museum. A core value of the center is to promote scholarly research on Northwest Coast Native art and to increase Native and public access to research resources as well as fostering appreciation and understanding of Native art through public outreach, personal contacts, teaching, and publications.  

To view the posting please reference requisition #134364 on UW Hires.

Assistant Registrar

The Assistant Registrar provides registration support to ensure legal and ethical compliance, and adherence to professional best practices. Assists with accessioning and deaccessioning, generating legal documents and reports, fulfilling research requests, records management and preservation, physical and intellectual access to collections information, and other registration-related tasks as assigned. Assists with NAGPRA implementation and reporting, institutional archives processing, and administration of the fine art collection. Assists with incoming/outgoing loans and exhibits, and management of the traveling exhibits service. Assists the Registrar in development and implementation of policies and procedures. In absence of Registrar, supervises hourly employees, interns, volunteers and researchers. 

To view the posting please reference requisition #135932 on UW Hires


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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