Photo: Andrew Waits
Photo: Andrew Waits

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, select "Apply now" under the job opportunity in which you are interested. 

Please do not send unsolicited resumes to Burke Museum staff.


Community Outreach Educator

The Community Outreach Educator is responsible in the areas of outreach, community engagement, and educational program creation designed to bring Burke educators and resources to schools and organizations throughout Washington State. This position will support the development of bilingual Spanish programs and resources. The position will also support the Education Department’s development of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month programming featuring the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) and global cultures. The Burke Museum Education Department is committed to making the natural world and globally-influenced cultural heritage of Washington State accessible to all learners. We aim to foster and support empathy, curiosity, and a life-long love of learning. We encourage anyone from communities representing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to apply.

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Director of Communications

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications is responsible for acting as the Burke Museum communications strategist and visionary for the brand and public perception of the Burke. The Director of Communications will develop communications strategies for major initiatives, institutional change, media relations, and sensitive issues and is responsible for ensuring consistency of messaging across platforms. 

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Director of Interpretation

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Interpretation functions as a high level manager, coordinating strategy and implementation of exhibits and interpretation at the Burke Museum. The Director of Interpretation will work closely with Burke leadership to clarify desired outcomes and successfully pursue those goals by strengthening existing programs and implementing new initiatives.

Strategic oversight includes the Burke Museum’s exhibits program, public programs, and activation. This position functions as a critical manager, providing budgetary & personnel oversight, representing the museum in the community, and participating on senior management committees within the museum and university.


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Heritage: Arts & Cultures Collections Manager

This position will be responsible for caring for the Arctic, Sub-Arctic and Plateau collections consisting of over 10,600 cultural pieces and an unknown number of archival materials. Our Heritage Arts and Cultures Department (HAC) has been changing the way we collaborate with communities by putting the communities voices first when sharing the knowledge that is embodied within the collections.

The HAC is engaged with Indigenous communities, artisans and cultural bearers and this position will be responsible for supporting them and the appropriate access to the collections and activities. The Curator of this region is engaged with repatriation of cultural knowledge through collaborating with community members and collections. This position will be responsible for continuing these ongoing relationships and knowledge repatriation. 

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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