Volunteer at the Burke

Support the Burke’s public and research programs while getting an insider’s view of the Museum.

Volunteers make the Museum tick—join us!

With a variety of volunteer positions available, you can pick something that interests you or something you just want to know more about. Along the way, you’re bound to make new friends, interact with museum experts, and learn more about the world around you. Plus, we make sure that our volunteers get great perks, including free museum admission, a discount in the museum store, and special invites to member-only events.

The positions listed below can give you an idea of what type of volunteer positions we have but they do not indicate current open positions. To receive updates on positions please complete a volunteer application. Once you have completed an application you will receive the monthly volunteer newsletter with information about upcoming projects and you will be notified if a position becomes available in a department you selected as an area of interest.


Application Instructions

If you’re interested in a current open position or simply want to receive updates on future projects, please complete the online volunteer application.

Ways to Volunteer at the Burke
volunteer helps two young kids search for archaeology artifacts in a bin of dirt

Lend your enthusiasm for the Burke to special events, fundraising events and family days, such as Dino Day.
Photo: Lora Shinn

volunteer wearing special glasses helps prepare a dinosaur bone

Get up-close with one-of-a-kind specimens, objects and artifacts.
Photo: Burke Museum

a docent leads a tour in the cultural exhibit

Facilitate fabulous experiences for museum visitors while learning more about what the Burke does.
Photo: Burke Museum

kids of mixed ages stand transfixed while a uw student talks with them about the ice age

Make a difference, gain new skills and earn credits volunteering in the galleries and behind the scenes.
Photo: Burke Museum

volunteer helps check guests in for the museum's annual fundraiser

Photo: Seattle Met

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