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Education is at the heart of everything we do at the Barnes Foundation.


At the Barnes Foundation, we are a mission-driven team working to offer art education, interpretation, and enjoyment to many audiences. Our diverse and passionate staff, volunteers, and interns collaborate with colleagues, visitors, and community partners who are united by a love of learning, discourse, and the arts.

The Barnes offers full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions in an inclusive and creative environment. Along with competitive pay, we offer comprehensive benefits, including health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; retirement plans with a generous employer match and immediate vesting; and flexible spending plans that can lower the cost of child care, public transit, and parking. Staff enjoy discounts on dining and shopping at the Barnes and may enroll in adult education courses at no cost.

The Barnes Foundation is a Drug-Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. The Barnes is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact our HR department.

The Barnes is committed to being a safe, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Candidates for open positions can contact our HR department to review policies that keep our staff safe and our workplace positive and productive, including our anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation policies and our anonymous reporting system, EthicsPoint.

The Barnes values ongoing learning and offers a broad and supportive training program that helps our staff meet everyday challenges of the workplace and grow professionally. Opportunities for staff include employee-led committees—Core Values, Employee Appreciation, Wellness, Safety, Sustainability, and Learning Culture—and the Barnes Pathways Program, which supports internal promotion, career advancement, and networking for our frontline staff.

Part-Time Conservation Technician (18 hrs/week)

Part-time / Philadelphia

Within the Collections and Exhibitions Department, the Conservation Technician will work closely with the conservation and collections management teams and will assist with various collections care and conservation treatment projects with a primary focus on collections housekeeping and maintenance projects, gallery check one weekend morning per week, remedial frame conservation treatments, and collection maintenance of textiles including vacuuming and monitoring and remediation of webbing clothes moths, as required.

Event Assistant—On-Call Manager on Duty

On-call / Philadelphia

The On-Call Event Assistant provides on-site event coordination and management from set-up to break down.

Marketing Manager

Full-time / Philadelphia

Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Brand Engagement, the Marketing Manager plays a key role at the Barnes by developing and executing marketing strategies to meet current and potential audience needs, with a focus on balancing ambitious revenue goals with mission-driven messaging priorities in a fast-paced environment.

Part-Time Museum Shop Sales Associate

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Barnes Shop Sales Associate to deliver consistent and superior customer service in the Barnes Shop and to sell products that support the educational and revenue goals of the Barnes Shop. Our Shop Sales Associates work with a digital point of sale system on the sales floor.

Director of Protection Services

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Director of Protection Services is an inspiring leader dedicated and committed to all aspects of security and safety for the Barnes Foundation. The Director of Protection Services is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of comprehensive security, health and safety, and emergency preparedness programs. These programs safeguard staff, guests, collections, buildings, and grounds with robust policies, procedures, institutional trainings, analytics, and reporting.

Guest and Protection Services Supervisor

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Guest and Protection Services Supervisor is an inspiring and dedicated leader committed to guiding the frontline team, possessing the willingness and desire to develop a diverse staff. The primary objective of the Guest and Protection Services Supervisor is to provide for the safety and security of guests and protection of the collection and foundation property, while delivering the highest level of personal enjoyment and experience to visitors of the Barnes.

Overnight Museum Security Guard

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Overnight Museum Security Guard/Guest and Protection Services Senior Specialist plays a key role in building operations, providing constant visual surveillance to help secure and maintain the premises during the overnight hours, as well as to ensure the safety and protection of the collection and the Foundation’s buildings and grounds.

Assistant Curator

Full-time / Philadelphia

Within the Collections and Exhibitions Department, the Assistant Curator will be a key member of the Barnes Foundation’s curatorial team, working closely with colleagues in and across departments to advance the Barnes’s mission by assisting with the organization and production of exhibitions and publications, developing interpretive materials, and conducting and publishing research on the permanent collection and institutional history.

Spanish/English Bilingual Community Engagement & Family Program Assistant (20 hrs/week)

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Community Engagement & Family Program Assistant is a 20 hrs/week part-time position, working during the Monday–Friday work week, with evening and weekend community events typically 1–2 times per month. This position supports the development and facilitation of learning opportunities, deep engagement, and expanded access to learning experiences at the Barnes Foundation for diverse multi-generational audiences—primarily serving Philadelphia communities and populations that are under-represented and underserved.

Director of Finance

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Director of Finance is responsible for ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the Foundation’s finance functions. The Director of Finance supervises the Accounting Manager and Financial Analyst. This position is also the primary interface for the Foundation’s audit firm and interacts with the Investment and Finance/Audit Committees of the Board of Trustees.


We offer summer, spring, and fall internships in a variety of departments for undergraduate and graduate students. Our interns work with experts in their fields, gain valuable job experience, and engage in meaningful work.

Application deadlines:

Summer internships: February 1
Fall internships: July 1
Spring internships: October 1

Summer 2021 internships will be virtual, not on-site at the Barnes Foundation. Internet access is required.

Apply online. Applicants will be notified of their status about six weeks after the application deadline.

Internship Funding We are pleased to offer funding for a select number of undergraduate summer interns, with the goal of making internship opportunities more accessible to students. We encourage students of color, those who are underrepresented in the cultural sector, and students from low-income backgrounds to apply. We also have funding available for a select number of students who are from southern New Jersey or who attend college in southern New Jersey. See application for more details.

Other paid internship opportunities are available through Studio Institute’s Arts Intern program.


Volunteering at the Barnes provides unique access to our collections, programs, and staff, as well as opportunities to work with other art and horticulture enthusiasts. We accept general volunteers in a variety of departments in our Philadelphia campus, from archives to conservation to visitor services.

School Group Guides Our School Group Guides give gallery lessons to students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Community Engagement Volunteers
These volunteers work with the public—especially children and families—at the Barnes and off-site in Philadelphia communities. They help with activities such art making, guided experiences, and conversations about art.

Docents Docents serve the needs and interests of our visitors, creating welcoming and informative educational experiences in our galleries. Because they are on the front line of our visitor experience, docents must complete a rigorous training program. For more information, email our director of volunteers, gallery guides, and art team.

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, email us.