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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.

Conservation Technician Metalwork Project

Full-time / Temporary / Lower Merion

The Conservation Technician for the metalwork and object recoating project is a temporary 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 Conservator of Paintings.

Part-Time Conservation Technician (18 hrs/week)

Part-time / Philadelphia

Within the Collections and Exhibitions Department, the Conservation Technician will work closely with the conservation and collections management teams and will assist with various collections care and conservation treatment projects with a primary focus on collections housekeeping and maintenance projects, gallery check one weekend morning per week, remedial frame conservation treatments, and collection maintenance of textiles including vacuuming and monitoring and remediation of webbing clothes moths, as required.

Event Assistant—On-Call Manager on Duty

On-call / Philadelphia

The On-Call Event Assistant provides on-site event coordination and management from set-up to break down.

Overnight Museum Security Guard

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Overnight Museum Security Guard/Guest and Protection Services Senior Specialist plays a key role in building operations, providing constant visual surveillance to help secure and maintain the premises during the overnight hours, 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 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.