Volunteer at the Burke

Volunteers help bring the museum to life.

Our dedicated volunteers bring their own unique skills, experiences and passions to make the Burke a dynamic and welcoming place for all. They engage and inspire visitors, assist with collections care, and support museum events across 24 departments and collections, all while supporting the Burke’s mission to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy, and heal.

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! You can login to VicNet to update your contact information, check your schedule, sign up for shifts and record service time.

Current Volunteer Login

Volunteer Opportunities
Are you ready to try something new?

The Burke Museum offers volunteer positions for adults (ages 18+). While some positions require committing to a regular schedule, positions with our events team provide opportunities to support public programs and the visitor experience and allow for a more flexible schedule.

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

Benefits for ongoing volunteers include:

  • Free museum admission
  • Discounts in the Burke Store and Cafe
  • 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

Gallery SPARKs (Sharing Passion, Advocacy, Research and Knowledge) facilitate connections between visitors and the work of the museum. Are you passionate about the natural world? Excited to facilitate learning about the intersections of science and culture? This new volunteer position will be essential to providing a consistently engaging and welcoming visitor experience across every area of the museum when we open the new Burke in fall 2019. 

  • Engage visitors in conversations about the work of the Burke and Burke exhibits
  • Implement a range of inclusive and accessible interactive experiences for intergenerational audiences
  • Minimum 5 hours per month; age 18+

For more information, view the full Gallery SPARKs position description (PDF).

Apply Today

We can’t wait to open our doors this fall! Event volunteer roles are great for people with limited time and limitless passion!
  • Create a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors while supporting public programs and special events
  • Ensure the safety of Burke exhibits and collections

Applications for event volunteer roles will be available in July 2019.

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Want to hear about new volunteer opportunities? Subscribe to Burke Museum volunteer opportunity email updates.  



Please contact the Volunteer Office at burkevol@uw.edu or 206.543.3989.

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