Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture Volunteer Description

Program Description

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is currently recruiting volunteer docents to work in its expanding educational programs. Docents make exhibits come alive for museum visitors of all ages.

Volunteer Benefits

This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy working with children of all ages and who are interested in:

  • teaching in a non-traditional learning environment
  • being part of an enthusiastic and dedicated museum staff
  • engaging others in an on-going experience with the rich natural and cultural history of Washington State

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include introducing tour groups to the Museumís exhibits and facilitating visitor learning through a combination of discussion and hands-on activities.

Time Commitment

Volunteers must complete docent training course meeting Mondays and Wednesdays, February 18-March 30 from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Training includes specific information about the exhibits presented by Burke Museum curators and staff, special sessions on teaching in a museum setting, background reading, and practice tours with current museum docents and education staff.

After training, volunteers must work at least one tour shift per week during the school year.

Dates and Locations

See above for training dates. All work is done at the Burke Museum. For more information please contact Jessica Newkirk at: jessmn@uw.edu or 206-616-4415, or visit: http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/join/volunteer.php. Please note that successful applicants will be subject to a background check.

You must have Javascript enabled to submit an online form expressing your volunteer interest. If that is not an option, please contact the UW Alumni Association directly to volunteer.

Volunteer Interest Application

Are you interested in volunteering at the Burke Museum? Use the form below to express your interest. Fill out at least the required fields and press the submit button. Upon receipt of your information, the UWAA Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to verify your interest and give you more details about the opportunity. Required fields marked with *. Thanks for your support!

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