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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.

Information Technology Specialist

Full-time / Philadelphia

Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), the IT Specialist is responsible for supporting Information Technology functions within the Barnes Foundation. This position is charged with leveraging best practices in IT to sustain high quality academic, administrative, curatorial, archival, and other operational processes and procedures of the Foundation, including systems administration, user support, web platforms, and integrating technology into the classroom.

AP/AR Coordinator

Full-time / Philadelphia

The AP/AR Coordinator processes accounts payable and accounts receivable transactions, reconciles general ledger accounts, proposes transaction entries as necessary for payables & receivables, and provides other analysis and support as directed.

GPS Supervisor (3–11 pm)

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Guest and Protection Services Supervisor is an inspiring and dedicated leader committed to guiding the front-line team, who possesses 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 the protection of the collection and foundation property, all the while delivering the highest level of personal enjoyment and experience to visitors of the Barnes.

Early Childhood Programs Specialist

Full-time / Philadelphia

Under the shared supervision of the Directors of Pre-K–12 & Educator Programs and Community Engagement & Family Programs (CEF), the Early Childhood Programs Specialist leads the development and implementation of early childhood programs for children ages 0–7. The Specialist designs curricula and programming for pre-kindergarten through first grade, with the goals of preparing young learners for school-readiness and supporting caregivers to participate in early childhood learning.

Production Manager

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Production Manager to join its Publications department. The Publications department is responsible for producing the Foundation’s print and digital publications, including books and catalogues, exhibition graphics and didactics, annual reports, marketing and educational materials, website content, and other collateral.

Assistant Curator African American Art

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Assistant Curator will be a key member of the Barnes Foundation’s Collections and Exhibitions team, working closely with colleagues in and across departments to advance the Barnes’s mission. The Assistant Curator will help to develop and deliver exhibitions and collection-related content including interpretive materials for use in-gallery and on social media; contributions to Barnes Foundation catalogues; and talks and lectures (in person and online).

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Greek and Roman Antiquities

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow conducts in-depth research on the 85 Greek and Roman antiquities in the Barnes collection. Working collaboratively with a consulting senior scholar in ancient Greek and Roman art as well as with Barnes conservators, s/he produces new knowledge about this under-studied group of objects, placing each work in historical context, uncovering its original meaning or function, and integrating technical/conservation study into the art-historical narrative.

Guest and Protection Services Senior Specialist - Museum Security

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Guest and Protection Services Senior Specialist plays a key role in front-line operations by providing the team with constant visual surveillance information and access control to help provide an exceptional guest and staff experience, as well as to ensure the safety and protection of the collection and the Foundation’s buildings and grounds.

Guest and Protection Services Associate

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Guest and Protection Services Associate provides a best-in-class experience to every person who visits our institution. As the first line of interaction between the Barnes Foundation and all guests, the Guest and Protection Services Associate sets the tone for an exceptional guest experience, making the “customer centered” concept a daily reality in all interactions, decisions, and exchanges with guests.


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

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

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

Internship Funding We are pleased to offer funding for a select number of 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 The Barnes is looking for docent applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life. No formal art experience is necessary—a passion for art and a desire to learn are required. The next docent class is tentatively scheduled for late 2022. For inquiries about the docent program, email

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, email us.