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.

Community Campaign Coordinator

Under the direction of the Director of Development and the Director of External Affairs, the Community Campaign Coordinator is responsible for administrative support for the Community Campaign for the New Burke. The Community Campaign Coordinator is a full time appointment, beginning April 2017 through September 2019.

The Community Campaign Coordinator helps to implement the Community Campaign strategy and coordinates all day-to-day Community Campaign activities, including solicitation, communication, tracking and reporting, and special events. The Community Campaign Coordinator will play a key role in executing public Grand Opening celebrations in Summer 2019. The Community Campaign Coordinator works closely with all development and communications staff, the Executive Director, and campaign volunteers, and serves as an enthusiastic and articulate spokesperson for the New Burke in the community.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition number ​142742.

Event Staff

Event Staff provides support at private events at the Burke Museum. Event Staff is responsible for offering excellent service and support to guests and vendors throughout events, and for facility-related logistics and security during events. Staff works with the Special Events Coordinator and other team members to ensure clients have the best event possible!

This is an hourly position with varied shifts, occasionally during daytime, but primarily in the evenings (5-11 pm).


  • Set up tables, chairs, audio-visual and other equipment for special events at the Burke Museum.
  • Provide quality customer service to guests (e.g. respond cordially to questions, orient visitors to the facility, and provide assistance as appropriate).
  • Act as primary security monitor during the event and communicate to clients and guests the policies of the Museum for after-hours events.
  • Assist with clean up and break down at the end of the event. Ensure the Museum is returned to “public setting” for opening the following morning.
  • Exhibits leadership skills by confidently addressing client and demonstrating a firm understanding of facility policies.
  • Communicates event summary to the Special Events Coordinator.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Previous experience as an event staff, or suitable transferable skills.
  • Strong customer service and communication skills, including fluency in English.
  • Ability to be on one’s feet for up to four hours and move equipment and furniture. Able to lift up to 30 lbs.

To apply, submit resume, brief letter of interest and schedule availability to:
Facility Rentals Coordinator
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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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