Careers

Photo: Andrew Waits
Photo: Andrew Waits

a young woman holds a whale vertebrae while cleaning it on the beach

Want to try something new? Dig in to your interests as a Burke Museum Volunteer.

Join the Burke team

When you work at the Burke, you get to help others learn more about the natural and cultural world—and do plenty of learning yourself. There’s always something new to experience!

You also join the University of Washington (UW) community. UW values its people as one of the most important assets in its pursuit of excellence in education, research and community service. UW staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

Find out about open employment positions below or consider getting involved through one of our volunteering opportunities.

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Photo: Sven Haakanson/Burke Museum
Photo: Sven Haakanson/Burke Museum

Employment Opportunities

Employment at the Burke Museum is managed by the University of Washington. Career positions offer competitive benefits, including medical and dental insurance, museum membership, and a tuition exemption program. To learn more, visit the UW Benefits & Work/Life page

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Details for current openings may be found on the University of Washington's employment page.

Employment at UW

Current Openings

Current openings at the Burke Museum
are listed below if available.

For a full job description and application instructions for each position, visit the University of Washington’s employment page and search using the “Req #” listed with the position that interests you. Please do not send unsolicited resumes to Burke Museum staff.

Visitor Services Team Member

The Burke Museum is seeking energetic, customer-service-oriented Visitor Services Team members with a passion for interacting with the public to ensure a positive experience for all visitors to the museum. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #169759 to apply.

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Visitor Services Coordinator

The Burke Museum is seeking a detail-oriented, customer-focused coordinator to partner with the Visitor Services Manager to serve as the “public faces of the museum” and guarantee a positive experience for all visitors to the museum. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170674 to apply.

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Paleontology Activation Coordinator

The Burke Museum is seeking a Paleo Facilitator to activate the Burke Museum Paleontology visible workspaces. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170603 to apply.

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Biology Collections Interpreter

The Burke Museum is seeking a Biology Collections Interpreter to engage with visitors and help communicate the work that takes place in the Burke Museum’s Biology labs, workrooms, and collections spaces. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170213 to apply.

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Archaeology Public Interpreter

The Archaeology Public Interpretation Coordinator will play a critical role in the development of the Burke Museum Archaeology Department’s approach to connecting the visitor to the ongoing work of the museum taking place within publicly-visible Archaeology work spaces. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170217 to apply.

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Culture Activation Coordinator

The Culture Activation Coordinator will play a role in helping visitors understand the work we do in Culture by facilitating activities in labs and collections spaces and to ensure those spaces are actively performing the authentic work of the department. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170602 to apply.

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Annual Giving and Stewardship Officer

The Annual Giving and Stewardship Officer is responsible for the Burke's annual giving program and ongoing donor stewardship efforts. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170210 to apply.

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Education Collection Coordinator

The Education Collection Coordinator is responsible for managing and maintaining the Education department’s object collection and records and oversee maintenance of program materials. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170278 to apply.

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Youth & Family Program Assistant

The Youth & Family Programs Assistant is responsible for implementing a variety of programs designed to serve families and youth (PreK-12th grade) during school breaks, afternoons/evenings, and weekends. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170766 to apply.

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Event Rental Staff

Event Rentals Staff will be responsible for assisting with day-of prep/setup and teardown/clean-up of events and other engagements for the Burke, both onsite and offsite. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170767 to apply.

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Event Rentals Assistant

The Event Rentals Assistant will be responsible for assisting in planning, logistical coordination, and day-of prep/setup and teardown/clean-up of events and other engagements for the Burke, both onsite and offsite. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170860 to apply.

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Operations Lead

The Operations Lead is a versatile position responsible for reception coverage, building management support and event support. Visit UW Hires and reference requisition #170861 to apply.

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Our Work

At the Burke, we bring together people, objects and the stories that make them meaningful.

Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington
Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington