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.

Visitor Services Manager

The Visitor Services Manager directs the “public face of the museum” by overseeing the Museum Store, Facility Rental and Admissions/Visitor Services programs for the Burke Museum. To deepen the engagement of all visitors in the museum experience, this position leads these departments in achieving excellence in visitor service. Included in this role is the responsibility to develop and monitor plans to maximize profitability to fund the museum’s mission.

This work encompasses both the current museum and planning for and operations of the New Burke Museum, scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. The New Burke represents a dramatic departure from the typical natural history museum model—where exhibits are on one side of the wall and collections and research are on the other. In addition to exhibit galleries, the New Burke includes views into 12 research labs and work rooms, five collections spaces, and an artists’ workshop, and learning spaces where visitors can engage in hands-on activities and participate in the work of the museum. In the New Burke, 60% of the museum will be accessible or visible to visitors, compared to just 30% today. Visitors will be invited to see and participate in ever-changing activities and daily discoveries at the Burke.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition number ​142621.


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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