Support the Burke’s public and research programs while getting an insider’s view of the Museum.
Volunteer opportunities listed in this section are for single day and short-term commitments. Event/program training is offered by event managers. For more information, email the Volunteer Manager at email@example.com.
Help inspire kids to be lifelong scientists! We need kind, energetic, kid-loving volunteers to make the museum come alive for young learners. Set an example for tomorrow’s scientists by playing games, making crafts, exploring the galleries, and doing experiments with campers that encourage essential 21st century abilities and skills such as teamwork, close observation & analysis, inquiry, problem solving, communication and creativity.
Volunteers get to learn too! You’ll work with Burke educators on best practices in informal education, create and practice classroom management techniques, and go behind the scenes for a fun, action packed summer experience. Prior experience working with youth and background check required. Shifts are Monday through Friday, 8:45 am – 1 pm and 1–4:30 pm. Volunteers able to serve two or more shifts during a single camp are given priority. Learn more about Burke Museum summer camps.
The volunteer opportunities listed here are for long-term or ongoing appointments and require an additional interview process with the appropriate department supervisor. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Burke provides extraordinary opportunities for volunteers to engage with their community through public museum events and gallery experiences. Gallery Fun volunteers support the Burke’s mission by directly engaging visitors of all ages, helping them to make fun easy-to-assemble crafts. You supply the enthusiasm; the Burke supplies the on-site craft materials and assembly instructions! Volunteer opportunities are available on Free First Thursdays and weekends. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least two 3-hour shifts per month.
Ever wondered how scientists collect specimens and data in the field? The Arachnology Field Assistant will help collect and preserve spider specimens and drive to and from the collection site. Specimen collections are weather-dependent, all-day affairs and can take place any time except mid-August through September. Applicants must be over 18 years of age with a valid license, clean driving record access to a vehicle (UW affiliates may use a UCAR). A flexible schedule is a must. Volunteers will be reimbursed for gas mileage. Find out more about spider collecting trips.