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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.

Box Office Specialist (32 hrs, 4 days/wk)

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Box Office Specialist delivers consistent and superior customer service in ticket sales for the Barnes Foundation and ensures that visitors receive an efficient and welcoming entry through our ticketing process. Our Box Office Specialists work with a mobile point of sale system, stationed at a desk, or with mobile technology.

Museum Security Supervisor—Overnight

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.

Audio-Visual Senior Specialist

On-call / Philadelphia

The On-Call Audio-Visual Senior Specialist is responsible for setup and operation of small to large-scale audio-visual systems used in special events at the Barnes Foundation. The types of events the Audio-Visual Senior Specialist may support include live and virtual art lectures, musical performances, and client events including corporate retreats and weddings.

Audio-Visual Specialist

On-call / Philadelphia

The On-Call Audio-Visual Specialist handles the setup, breakdown, and operation of audio, video, and lighting equipment at the Barnes Foundation used for live and virtual art lectures, musical performances, and client events including corporate retreats and weddings.

Art Librarian Assistant (24 hrs/wk)

Part-time / Philadelphia

The Art Librarian Assistant works with the Manager of Archives, Library & Special Collections in the operations of the Barnes Foundation’s art library, which serves the informational needs of the staff, students, faculty, and docents of the Barnes Foundation, as well as the general public.

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.

Project Assistant: Archive and Digital Asset Management

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Project Assistant will provide assistance with Dear Dr. Barnes: Digitizing, Interpreting, and Disseminating the Albert C. Barnes Correspondence, the digitization project of the Albert C. Barnes Correspondence. The project utilizes technology in order to share the incredible correspondence of the Barnes Foundation’s founder with scholars and the general public.

Human Resources Business Partner

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) is responsible for delivering HR support across museum frontline departments. The position executes talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, and project management in the Facilities, Guest and Protection Services, Box Office, and Shop departments.

Development Data and Gift Management Analyst

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Development Data and Gift Management Analyst supports the fundraising efforts of the Barnes Foundation by providing data management, reporting, and analytic support in the areas of gift and data entry, constituency data collection, and knowledge management.

Director of Individual Giving

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Director of Individual Giving is responsible for the development and execution of all facets of growing and stewarding the Circles membership portfolio, expanding donor qualification, and cultivating activities to enhance donor/member experience.


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 necessary. A passion for art and desire to learn are required. The next docent class is tentatively scheduled for late 2022. Click here for more information about the program. Email for further information about the docent program.

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, email us.