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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.

Director of Education

The Director of Education inspires, manages, and sets the strategic direction for the Burke Museum’s Education Department. This department is responsible for developing and implementing high-quality, outcome-oriented educational programs for youth, educators, and families. The Director of Education plays a critical role in advancing the Museum’s mission to care for Washington’s natural history and culture collections and to share the knowledge that makes them meaningful. The Director of Education builds effective collaborations with other departments within the Museum, with informal learning institutions across WA, and with subject matter experts at the University of Washington and throughout the region.

The Burke’s Director of Education reports to the Interpretive Director, and is part of a team that includes dedicated and enthusiastic museum educators and collaborative colleagues throughout the Museum. And, as part of the University of Washington and a rich cultural community, the Burke has access to expertise and resources across a wide range of disciplines and cultures.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference ​requisition 117240.

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

Paleontology & Geology Collections Manager

Fossil collections at the Burke Museum are actively growing and include over three million specimens in several subdisciplines: vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany (including pollen and phytoliths), invertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology. A smaller collection of minerals and meteorites is also part of the divisional holdings. Currently, the fossil collections are managed by three half-time faculty curators and only one Collections Manager. The volume of the collection exceeds proportionally the number of individuals tasked with managing both the specimens and the accompanying digital resources.

The Paleontology & Geology Collections Manager must support diverse paleontogy collections, to include vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, malacology, and geology, on and off-site. Each collection must be managed appropriately, and each set of data is housed in a different database file.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference ​requisition 117165.

 

Invertebrate Zoology Collections Manager

Invertebrate zoology collections at the Burke Museum include over six hundred thousand specimens distributed in several subdisciplines: malacology, insects, and spiders. Currently, the malacology collection (~300,000 specimens) is managed part-time by a Collections Manager in Paleontology. The insect and spider collections (~368,000 specimens) are managed by a volunteer. The volume of the collection greatly exceeds the number of individuals tasked with managing both the specimens and the accompanying digital resources.

This position must support diverse invertebrate zoology collections, to include malacology, insects, and spiders, on- and off-site. Each collection must be managed appropriately, and each set of data is housed in a different database file. There is much work to be done to bring all of the collections under the appropriate level of care and organization, as the use of the collections for research is determined by their accessibility both digitally and tangibly.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference ​requisition 116963.

 

Back Desk Operations Assistant

Our Burke Museum has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, 80%, Back Desk Operations Assistant. This position is the main receptionist for the business entrance to the Burke Museum. Primary responsibilities include greeting visitors in person, over the phone and via email. Also, this position is responsible for maintaining the security and professionalism of the back entrance.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference ​requisition 118236.

 

Native American Education Specialist

As the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Burke is committed to connecting Native American communities to students and educators across the state. With extensive collections and knowledgeable staff, the Burke is uniquely positioned to support Washington State Education Standards and the Native Education mandate.

The Native American Education Specialist will provide support for a suite of programs and projects focused on Pacific Northwest Native American art, science, and culture. He/she will also facilitate connections with native experts around Washington State in support of Burke’s current education programs, as well as the training of Burke staff and volunteers involved in program delivery.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference ​requisition 117674.

 

Event Lead/Closer

Reports to: Special Events Coordinator

Purpose: The Event Lead/Closer is responsible for facility-related logistics and security of after-hours events (both internal and external), communicating facility policies to guests/caterers throughout the event, and independently securing the facility after all guests have vacated the building. This is an hourly position with fluctuating hours per week, primarily in the evenings (5-11pm).

Duties:

  • Corresponds with Special Events Coordinator prior to event to obtain all necessary details of the rental (i.e. start time, caterer contact, event contact, set-up, etc). May conduct final walk-through with Client and/or caterer, when needed.
  • Serves as primary contact/Facility representative for the Client at the time of the event.
  • Communicates to Client and guests the policies of the Facility for after-hours events. Ensures that the facility is not compromised during the course of the event.
  • Provides quality customer service to guests (i.e. responds cordially to questions, orients visitors to the facility, provides assistance as appropriate).
  • Serves as subject matter expert on all Facility Rental policies; ensures that established policies are adhered to by Client, event staff, and guests.
  • Adheres to all clean-up and set-up policies set forth in the Facility Rental Policies document; responsible for enforcing clean-up policies such that the Museum is returned to “public setting” for opening the following morning.
  • Acts as primary security monitor during the event. Independently secures the facility after all guests have vacated the building. May be required to interact with police if needed.
  • Supervises event staff and provides leadership; exhibits leadership skills by confidently addressing guests, demonstrating a firm understanding of facility policies, and directing the work of event staff.
  • Communicates to the Special Events Coordinator and/or Facility Manager any and all pertinent information from the event.

To apply, submit resume, brief letter of interest and schedule availability to:

Eva Childers
Visitor Services Manager
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
evachil@uw.edu

 

Event Staff

Reports To: Special Events Coordinator

Purpose: The Event Staff is responsible for facility-related logistics and security of after-hours events (both internal and external), and communicating facility policies to guests/caterers throughout the event. This is an hourly position ($11-13/hour) with fluctuating hours per week, primarily in the evenings (5-11pm).

Duties:

  • Set up tables, chairs, audio-visual and other equipment for special events at the Burke Museum.
  • Provides quality customer service to guests (i.e. responds cordially to questions, orients visitors to the facility, provides assistance as appropriate).
  • Communicates to clients and guests the policies of the Facility for after-hours events. Ensures that the facility is not compromised during the course of the event.
  • Serves as subject matter expert on all Facility Rental policies; ensures that established policies are adhered to by Client, event staff, and guests.
  • Adheres to all clean-up and set-up policies set forth in the Facility Rental Policies document; responsible for enforcing clean-up policies such that the Museum is returned to “public setting” for opening the following morning.
  • Acts as primary security monitor during the event.
  • Exhibits leadership skills by confidently addressing guests and demonstrating a firm understanding of facility policies.
  • Communicates to the Event Lead, Special Events Coordinator, and Facility Manager any and all pertinent information from the event.

Desired Skills:

  • Previous experience as an event staff.
  • Strong customer service and communication skills, including fluency in English.
  • Ability to work in a varied paced and multi-task oriented environment.
  • Ability to remain on his/her feet for at least an hour and move equipment and furniture.
  • Experience or strong interest in natural history and culture, visitor services, security or museums preferred.

To apply, submit resume, brief letter of interest and schedule availability to:

Eva Childers
Visitor Services Manager
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
evachil@uw.edu