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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.

Circles Program Manager

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Circles Program Manager. The Circles Program Manager is responsible for implementation of a comprehensive upper-level individual annual membership program for the Circles and Contemporaries, including stewardship, service, acquisition and retention. Working collaboratively within the Annual Giving team (Circles, General Membership, Corporate Council, and Annual Fund) as well as across Advancement and the institution, this position is charged with all facets of revenue and expense budgeting, member engagement, reporting, and staff management. 

Collections Assessment Project Manager

Full-time / Merion, PA

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Collections Assessment Project Manager. This is a temporary full-time position for 1 year with the possibility of renewal. The CAP Manager will review and assess the collections at the Merion campus and at the Barnes’s off-site storage in Philadelphia, with an eye toward organizing the Barnes’s Lending and Study collection in accordance with the Collections Management Policy.

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. 

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.

Visitor Experience Associate

Full-time or 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 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.


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. For more information, email our volunteer and gallery guide manager. Note: We will not be accepting new applications until the fall of 2018.  

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, call 215.278.7216.