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The following is a list of current openings at the Burke Museum. Please follow the application instructions listed under each job description. For those interested in other ways of getting involved with the Burke, we invite you to consider volunteering.

Archaeology Curation Services & Community Outreach Manager

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture Archaeology Department cares for over one million archaeological artifacts and associated archives, in addition to providing innovative public and K-12 education programs, exhibits and events. Approximately 40% of the Burke archaeological collections are held in trust for other government and tribal agencies.

Under general supervision of the Archaeology Curator, the Archaeology Curation Services and Community Outreach Manager is responsible for coordinating on-going relationships with government agencies, tribes, CRM consultants and private landowners for Burke curation services, developing exhibit and program opportunities in collaboration with these groups, and general collections management operations of the Archaeology Department of the Burke Museum.


  • MA in Anthropology or related field
  • Two years of experience assisting with care and preservation of collections

Desired Qualifications:

  • Archaeology field and lab experience
  • Cultural Resource Management experience
  • Knowledge of North American Northwest coast historic and pre-contact archaeology preferred

To apply, visit UW Hires and reference requisition ​#112634.

Ron Eng in collections
Ron Eng, Collections Manager
Photo by Andrew Waits

Volunteer Program Manager

The Volunteer Program Manager is responsible for recruiting, coordinating, supervising, and training a diverse group of volunteers, including students, who are deployed throughout the museum. The position also serves as the liaison for the Burke Student Advisory Board.

As a member of the Operations Team, the Volunteer Program Manager is responsible for raising community awareness of the Burke’s volunteer program and seeking out partnerships across the University and with other organizations that support volunteer opportunities. The position develops strategies for recruiting, retaining, and recognizing a diverse corps of education volunteers, provides orientation, coordinates department-specific training, and 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 2-3 years experience in Volunteer Management required; 3-5 years Volunteer management experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of methods related to the conduct of volunteer programs for non-profit organizations.
  • Ability to develop and manage complex projects within guidelines.
  • Ability to motivate volunteer staff as well as mentor and/or conduct corrective action as needed in a constructive and professional manner.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent computer skills including excel, word processing and database management.
  • Adaptability, flexibility, and ability to see change as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
  • Familiarity with volunteer management software tools.

To apply, visit UW Hires and reference requisition ​#112986.