Employment

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.

Visitor Services Lead

Visitor Services team members perform multiple roles in support of Museum operations and programs, dependent on Museum need and staff availability. Responsibilities include:

Admissions:

    • Welcome visitors and ensure excellent visitor experience. Explain exhibits and assist visitors in way-finding. Warmly orient visitors and answer questions about all facets of the museum and surrounding area.
    • Process admission, membership, and gift store transactions. Explain and promote Burke membership and other promotions.
    • Serve as front line of security for galleries and public spaces. Monitor traffic through galleries; contribute to smooth operation of special events, member previews and public programs. Monitor security cameras.
    • Maintain galleries and lobby by cleaning glass, and picking up trash. Support the Admissions Assistant Manager in maintaining a clean and orderly admission desk, notifying Supervisor of any supply requests. 

Galleries

  • Actively engage with visitors in the galleries to offer information about exhibits and museum collections. In coordination with other museum staff, ensure public safety and museum security, which may include responding to alarms and enforcing museum gallery policies.

Lead Duties:

    • Serve as Lead for Admissions staff when Admissions Assistant Manager is not present.
    • May count cash and direct other employees in register opening and/or closing procedures.
    • May secure galleries and main building during closing, including locking doors and setting alarms. May also open the museum.
    • Serve as excellent standard of customer service role model; lead other staff by example of high professional standard.
    • Must be able to adapt quickly and triage situations as necessary. Must be able to remain calm in stressful situations, and assist staff in resolving customer complaints and issues.
    • Collaborate and communicate with VS management, Membership and Facilities regarding overall customer service and operations.
    • Provide extra support to museum staff during programs and events. Assist in setup and cleanup, including moving tables, chairs and other equipment. Facilitate excellent visitor experience during events. In coordination with other museum staff, ensure public safety and museum security.  May represent Visitor Services at program and/or museum events planning meetings as requested or if Admissions Assistant Manager is absent.
    • Weekend lead duties: All duties listed above plus the following: Serve as point person for security, complaints and institution-wide emergencies that may arise on weekends; direct issues to appropriate museum personnel. Serve as primary point of contact for security issues, responding as trained and triaging issues appropriately. Complete all Admissions-related leadership duties independently. Act as on-site manager to ensure all visitor and facility needs are met appropriately.
    • Other duties as assigned.

This is a part-time, hourly position with shifts that include weekdays, some evenings, weekends, and holidays. Weekend and holiday availability is required. Must be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week. Must be available to open and/or close the building as needed. 

Desired:

  • Fluency in American Sign Language and/or languages other than English
  • Sunday availability

Requirements:

  • Outgoing personality with excellent customer service experience, strong communication skills, and fluency in English required.
  • Cash handling and register experience mandatory.
  • Ability to remain on his/her feet for extended periods of time and move equipment and furniture.
  • High school graduation or equivalent AND one year of applicable retail or visitor services experience OR equivalent education/experience.
  • Weekend and holiday availability.
  • Available for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must have proficient retail/cash-handling experience. 
  • Must be proficient with computer-based retail systems. 
  • Must have proven experience resolving customer/co-worker issues independently.   

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must pass a mandatory background check. 
  • Must be willing to work weekends (some Friday nights, some Saturdays and/or Sundays and holidays. Sundays desired.) 
  • Must be able to stand 2-3 hours during peak hours.   

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to eak5@uw.edu.

AM Summer Camp Lead Educator (Temporary)

The AM Lead Summer Camp Educator position is a temporary summer positon responsible for leading on-site youth programs for the Burke Museum Education Division. Position responsibilities may include:

  •  Camp record keeping, planning, curriculum development, and/or evaluation
  • Facilitation of indoor and outdoor group activities for up to 30 campers (story-time, tag, crafts, tours, songs, scavenger hunts, etc.)
  • Conflict resolution, supervision, and behavior management 
  • Finding ways to engage students of all abilities, motivational levels, and learning styles
  • Check-in/Check-out/After-care
  • Set-up and clean-up
  • Other duties as assigned

Applicants must be able to work the following schedule:

  • Must be available 8:30am-1:30pm on June 26-30th, July 10th-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, August 7-11, August 14-18, and August 21-25
  • Must be available for 5-10 hours of training in late June (dates/times flexible)
  • Must be available for 5-15 hours of curriculum review, planning, prep and clean-up (dates/times flexible) 

 To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition number 144939.

AM Summer Camp Assistant Educator (Temporary)

The AM Summer Camp Assistant Educator position is a temporary summer positon responsible for assisting with on-site youth programs for the Burke Museum Education Division. Position responsibilities may include:

  • Facilitation of indoor and outdoor group activities for up to 30 campers (story-time, tag, crafts, tours, songs, scavenger hunts, etc.)
  • Conflict resolution, supervision, and behavior management 
  • Finding ways to engage students of all abilities, motivational levels, and learning styles
  • Check-in/Check-out/After-Care
  • Set-up and clean-up
  • Assist with camp record keeping, planning, curriculum development, and/or evaluation 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Applicants must be able to work the following schedule:

  • Must be available 8:45 am-12:45 pm on June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, August 7-11, August 14-18, and August 21-25
  • Must be available for 5-10 hours of training in late June (dates/times flexible)

 To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition number 144941.

PM Summer Camp Lead Educator (Temporary)

The PM Lead Summer Camp Educator position is a temporary summer positon responsible for leading on-site youth programs for the Burke Museum Education Division. Position responsibilities may include:

  • Camp record keeping, planning, curriculum development, and/or evaluation
  • Facilitation of indoor and outdoor group activities for up to 30 campers (story-time, tag, crafts, tours, songs, scavenger hunts, etc.)
  • Conflict resolution, supervision, and behavior management 
  • Finding ways to engage students of all abilities, motivational levels, and learning styles
  • Check-in/Check-out/After-care
  • Set-up and clean-up
  • Other duties as assigned

Applicants must be able to work the following schedule:

  • Must be available 12:15 pm-5:15 pm on June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, August 7-11, August 14-18, and August 21-25
  • Must be available for 5-10 hours of training in late June (dates/times flexible)
  • Must be available for 5-15 hours of curriculum review, planning, prep and clean-up (dates/times flexible) 

 To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition number 144940.

PM Summer Camp Assistant Educator (Temporary)

The PM Summer Camp Assistant Educator position is a temporary summer positon responsible for assisting with on-site youth programs for the Burke Museum Education Division. Position responsibilities may include:

  • Facilitation of indoor and outdoor group activities for up to 30 campers (story-time, tag, crafts, tours, songs, scavenger hunts, etc.)
  • Conflict resolution, supervision, and behavior management 
  • Finding ways to engage students of all abilities, motivational levels, and learning styles
  • Check-in/Check-out/After-Care
  • Set-up and clean-up
  • Assist with camp record keeping, planning, curriculum development, and/or evaluation 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Applicants must be able to work the following schedule:

  • Must be available 1:30 pm-5:30 pm on June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, August 7-11, August 14-18, and August 21-25
  • Must be available for 5-10 hours of training in late June (dates/times flexible)

 To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference requisition number 144942.

Volunteer

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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