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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.


Grant Writer

Reporting to the Director of Development, the grant writer is responsible for developing, writing, tracking, and reporting on grants to benefit the Burke Museum. Fundraising efforts will be split primarily between exhibits and the capital campaign for the New Burke. The grant writer is responsible for cultivating and stewarding a large portfolio of corporate, foundation, tribal and government funders.

To Apply: Visit UW Hires and reference ​requisition 115619.