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


The Barnes employs individuals in a variety of full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions in an inclusive and creative environment. We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; retirement plans; flexible spending; and commuter transit and parking benefits.

Conservation Technician

Full-time temporary / Merion

The Barnes is seeking a Conservation Technician for a metalwork recoating project. This is a temporary (five years) full-time position that will report to the Senior Conservator of Objects and additionally work under the guidance of the Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings and the Associate Conservator of Paintings. The primary responsibility of the Conservation Technician for the metalwork recoating project will include, but will not be limited to, written and photographic documentation of the metalwork before and after treatment, removal of the existing degraded coating and application of a new coating following protocols established by the Senior Conservator of Objects. The duties of the temporary full-time position will be based primarily at the Merion campus, but may occasionally be required to work at the Philadelphia and Ker-Feal campuses on a schedule to be established by the Senior Conservator of Objects with the Senior Director of Conservation.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Full-time temporary / Philadelphia

The Barnes is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow conducts in-depth research on the 43 Egyptian antiquities in the Barnes collection. Working collaboratively with a consulting senior scholar in Egyptian art, as well as with Barnes conservators, s/he produces new knowledge about this under-studied group of objects. This is a two-year position.

Prospect Research Coordinator

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Prospect Research Coordinator. The Prospect Research Coordinator supports the Foundation’s fundraising goals through comprehensive and proactive prospect and donor research.

Barnes Shop Sales Associate

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a part-time Barnes Shop Sales Associate to deliver consistently superior customer service in the Barnes Shop to increase sales. In this critical role, we seek diverse candidates who enjoy working directly with the public and consider themselves dynamic, energetic, and collaborative team players. As a member of the Barnes Shop team, Shop Sales Associates will gain a broad understanding of the Foundation’s current shop duties and processes, our collections and exhibitions, and merchandise. Barnes Shop Sales Associates must be able to work flexible hours averaging 24 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

Facility Manager

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Facility Manager. The Facility Manager operates and maintains the Barnes Foundation building and grounds in a first-class manner at all times. The responsibilities of this position include the maintenance, improvement, daily care, and operation of the Foundation’s buildings, structure, architecture, mechanical and electrical systems, and grounds along with management of the loading dock, cleaning, trash and recycling programs, furnishings, changing exhibition space, and special event setup. A key component of this position includes long-range planning for the maintenance and improvement of the Foundation’s building and grounds.

Recruitment and Training Manager

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Recruitment and Training Manager. As an integral member of the Human Resources Department, the Recruitment and Training Manager will work cross-functionally to coordinate and manage aspects of the recruitment process and training initiatives for the Barnes Foundation. This position is highly visible and critical in growing the organization. This manager will drive the hiring process to ensure that open positions are filled quickly with the best talent possible and will support training activities to develop staff to ensure high performance and productivity.

Visitor Experience Associate

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Visitor Experience Associate will serve as a customer-relations representative for all visitors, addressing unexpected changes, requests, and unusual circumstances as they arise. Visitor Experience Associates are part of a team that is truly the face of the Barnes Foundation.

For questions about employment opportunities, call 215.278.7040 or email us.

The Barnes is a Drug-Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a policy to recruit, retain, and promote without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, or any other legally protected status.


We offer a 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: June 1
Spring internships: October 1

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

Second Century Internship Funding We are pleased to offer two stipends of $2,500 each for 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. 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.

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. We are now accepting applications for our next docent training program, starting in February 2020.

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, email us.

Campus Outreach Council

The Barnes Foundation’s Campus Outreach Council brings together rising sophomore, junior, and senior college and university students from the Philadelphia area. Council members serve as a liaison on their respective college campuses while helping the Barnes better communicate with a college-age demographic. At monthly meetings, members get a behind-the-scenes look at the Barnes as well as the chance to build relationships with students from neighboring schools.

Applications for the 2019 – 2020 Campus Outreach Council are no longer being accepted.

Applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline as to their status.