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


The Barnes Foundation 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.

Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator. The chief curator/deputy director works directly with the executive director and executive team to evolve and implement the institution’s strategic plans with specific responsibility for exhibitions, exhibition-related publications, conservation, and collection management, as well as select curatorial and educational technology initiatives. 

Exhibitions Coordinator

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking an Exhibitions Coordinator to work on the preparation, coordination, and presentation of special exhibitions. This is a temporary, full-time position to provide coverage during an anticipated 12-week leave of absence. 

Lead Web Developer


The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Lead Web Developer to architect and create the foundation for a number of new technology initiatives including web, wearable, and machine-learning technologies.

Director of Foundation Relations

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Director of Foundation Relations manages all aspects of fundraising from foundations and public agencies. In addition to responsibility to forecast, track, and meet institutional giving annual operating goals for restricted and unrestricted contributed revenue, the Director will also carry a portfolio of funding opportunities for special projects, including the capital campaign.

Gallery Educator

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Part-time Gallery Educator to deliver and facilitate gallery lessons 15 hours per week (3 days per week) seasonally, for Pre-K–12 students at the Barnes Foundation and at off-site school locations.

Executive Assistant

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide administrative, project management as well as budget preparation and tracking support to the advancement, marketing, and communications departments.

Visitor Experience Floor Supervisor

Part-time / Philadelphia

Visitor Experience Floor Supervisors are part of a team that is truly the face of the Barnes Foundation. Visitor experience at the Barnes is an evolving practice that seeks to test ideas in customer service and make iterative change. As such, Visitor Experience Floor Supervisors are expected to seek feedback, analyze data, and embrace change in the name of finding the best ways to welcome current and new audiences to the Foundation and ensure that they have an outstanding experience when visiting our facility.  

Human Resources and Legal Assistant

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Human Resources and Legal Assistant to assist with administrative functions of the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources and Legal departments.

Exhibitions Research Assistant

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking an Exhibitions Research Assistant to work on the preparation, coordination, and presentation of special exhibitions. This is a 16–24 hour/week, part-time position with an anticipated duration of nine months.

Audio-Visual Technician

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Audio-Visual Technician will handle the setup, breakdown, and operation of AV equipment and broadcast facilities at the Barnes Foundation, in addition to performing basic editing operations. The AV Technician ensures that complete customer satisfaction is achieved and is accountable for all inventory before, during, and after each event.

For questions about Barnes 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 fall, summer, and spring 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:

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

Please mail your application materials to us at the address listed on the application. Applicants will be notified of their status about six weeks after the application deadline.


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. 

Arboretum Volunteers Are you interested in gardening? Get your hands dirty while weeding, mulching, and pruning, or help with our annual plant sale. 

Garden Guides Garden Guides give tours of the living collections for visitors to the Barnes Arboretum. 

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. Docent applications are typically accepted from June to September. For more information, email our volunteer and gallery guide manager.  

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, call 215.278.7216.