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.
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.”
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.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Interpretive Director functions as a high level manager, coordinating strategy and implementation of all programming relevant to the Burke Museum visitor experience and audience development. This position will play a key role in supporting the museum’s commitment to creating visitor-centered experiences that transform the ways our audiences connect with our unique collections, the work of our staff and researchers, and the world around us. The Interpretive Director will work closely with Burke leadership to clarify desired outcomes and successfully pursue those goals by strengthening existing programs and implementing new initiatives.
Strategic oversight includes the Burke Museum’s exhibits program, public programs, and community outreach efforts. Further, this position is responsible for strategic planning related to the museum’s eventual expansion project as it pertains to interpretive exhibit planning. This position functions as a critical manager, providing budgetary/personnel oversight, representing the museum in the community, and participating on senior management committees within the museum and university.
To apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #129567.
The Volunteer Manager is responsible for recruiting, coordinating, supervising, and training a diverse group of volunteers, including students and docents, who are deployed throughout the museum. The position also serves as the liaison for the Burke Student Ambassadors.
As a member of the Operations Team, the Volunteer Manager is responsible for raising community awareness of the Burke’s volunteer program and through seeking out partnerships across the University and with other community organizations that support volunteer opportunities. The position develops strategies for recruiting, retaining, and recognizing a diverse corps of volunteers; provides initial orientation and department-specific training; deploys volunteers to ensure adequate coverage of many museum activities, as determined by the departmental managers; collaborates with Museum staff in creating volunteer assignments that are appropriate and support departmental goals; works with a variety of Museum staff to ensure that volunteer assignments and training meet the needs of the volunteers, and align with the mission of the Museum; evaluates the success of the overall volunteer program in a strategic and consistent manner.
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. The Volunteer Manager will be tasked with expanding the volunteer program resources for the New Burke.
To apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition 128575.
Event Staff provides support at private events and rentals on an as-needed basis. Event Staff is responsible for facility-related logistics and security and for offering excellent service and support to guests and vendors throughout events. This is an hourly position ($13.20/hour) with fluctuating hours per week, 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.
- 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:
Visitor Services Manager
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
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.