Volunteer at the Burke

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

2018 is a transitional year for the Burke.
Volunteers are an essential part of the Burke, both in the galleries and behind the scenes. Volunteers assist with research, provide collections maintenance, engage Burke visitors and enhance our mission. Their skills, generosity and passion for the natural world make the Burke a dynamic and exciting center for the community.
2018 is a transitional year for the Burke. We are closing this building at the end of the year. Staff and current volunteers are hard at work preparing our collections for our move to the New Burke. As work progresses, we will likely have periodic opportunities to get involved, like packing work parties and occasional events. As we get closer to the New Burke, there will be more opportunities available to engage our visitors, assist our collections and enhance the Burke mission. 
If you are interested in volunteering for a specific collection or department, please contact burkevol@uw.edu with your name, contact information and area of interest. Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We hope to see you in the New Burke!
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 wearing special glasses helps prepare a dinosaur bone

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

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 helps check guests in for the museum's annual fundraiser

Photo: Seattle Met

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