Volunteers help make the Burke Museum and its programs a success! Volunteer positions at the museum vary from working in research collections to leading school tours to helping with craft activities during public programs. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please directly contact the listed individual for each posting.
Description: The Burke Museum regularly hosts special events to celebrate new exhibits, steward donors and raise funds to support programming and collections. These fun, unique events are a great way for volunteers to get involved in non-profit and event planning work with minimal time commitment. Duties include registration, greeting donors and guests, serving beverages and food, event set up and break down, and other miscellaneous event tasks. Examples of recent events include exhibit previews, exclusive receptions, and annual gala fundraiser Curators Dinner.
Minimum Requirements: Positive attitude, reliability, professional appearance, evening and weekend availability, and ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and donors. Training consists of an orientation session to familiarize volunteers with the Burke Museum and event procedures. After training, volunteers will be periodically emailed a schedule of upcoming events to select the events they wish to work. Most events require a minimum two hour time commitment.
Description: Docents make exhibits come alive for museum visitors of all ages. Duties include introducing tour groups to the exhibits and facilitating visitor learning through a combination of discussion and hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for people interested in teaching in a non-traditional learning environment, and engaging others in an on-going experience with the rich natural and cultural history of Washington State.
Desirable Skills: Enjoy working with children of all ages.
Minimum Requirements: Training consists of three training sessions, tour observations, and selected readings. After training, Docents must work at least one tour shift per week during the school year.
Description: The main task of this volunteer position is labeling, filling, stoppering, and installing vials of preserved spiders but it's really varied with all sorts of clerical, packing/unpacking, and miscellaneous tasks. Some biology background is a plus but the only real requirement is for a careful and precise worker with some interest in the subject who is willing to work in the basement! Participation in field trips is possible if the person is interested, but not required.
Also: If anyone out there is experienced in mounting butterflies, we could use you, too!
This position is currently full, but please feel free to contact us with your name and statement of interest, to be considered for future openings. We may bring on additional volunteers in Fall 2013.
Job Description: The Burke Museum maintains a collection of over 40,000 frozen tissues of wild animals for molecular study. Curatorial assistants help the GRC manager organize and label tissues, and prepare tissues for loans.
Desirable Skills: Volunteers should possess a desire to help contribute to scientific research in biodiversity and evolution, be able to work independently, and have outstanding attention to detail. Prior experience in the biological sciences or with work in a laboratory setting is desirable, but not necessary. Volunteers must be college age or older and be willing to commit at least 3 hours per week for one year.
Contact: For more information contact Sharon Birks at firstname.lastname@example.org.