Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Volunteers remain at the heart
of our teams and our work

Our dedicated volunteers bring unique skills, experiences and curiosity to our teams, helping us  all to learn more, ask more, and engage more with our work and each other.

By donating their time, volunteers help us further our mission to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy, and heal.

a man uses a small paintbrush to brush away dirt from a dinosaur fossil

Current Volunteers

We know your time is valuable. In 2018 alone, volunteers donated more than 25,000 hours to the Burke. We couldn’t do what we do without you—thank you, Burke volunteers!

Volunteering at the Burke

a group of young people pose for a photo in front of a mastodon
Photo: Peter Carrs Photography / Surveyor Films
Photo: Peter Carrs Photography / Surveyor Films

New volunteers are required to attend an orientation; some volunteer assignments may require prior experience and/or additional training. Individuals who bring diverse perspectives and experience are especially encouraged to apply to open positions.

Volunteer benefits

  • Free museum admission
  • Discounts in the Burke Store and Off the Rez Café
  • Special event invitations and continuing education opportunities
  • Networking opportunities with curators, researchers, museum professionals and other passionate volunteers
  • Up-close and behind-the-scenes connections with Burke collections and research
  • Dual Burke membership earned at 50 volunteer hours in one year.

Current Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Burke volunteer! The Burke is not currently accepting new volunteers.

If you'd like to be notified when new positions are available, please sign up below.

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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