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 of Visitor Experience
The Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture seeks a customer-serving leader, with in-depth knowledge of museum visitors and their expectations, to perform a central 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.  This position will guide the Visitor Experience team and lead the charge to ensure a positive visitor experience, excellent customer service, and highly effective logistics for visitor participation in exhibitions, programs, and public events across the new Burke Museum.
To apply, visit UW Hires and reference requisition #160992.

Facility Rentals and Events Manager

The Facility Rentals and Events Manager is responsible for the New Burke Museum’s revenue-generating facility rental and events program. As the first point of contact, this position acts as the venue representative for private events and for the museum’s internal events. Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations, this position hires and leads a team to provide the highest-level customer experience for all clients, develops program strategies and establishes annual revenue goals. Events include lectures, meetings, parties, fundraising events, education classes and other events involving the rental of space, food and/or drink in the museum and on adjacent property.

To Apply:  Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #162046


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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