Jobs and Opportunities

Gordion Database and Web Developer

The Gordion Database and Web Developer is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal that reports to the Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section and is responsible for the design and implementation of the Gordion Project’s digital resources. These include the back-end database which uses open-source software and the public website housed at The Gordion Project in central Turkey has been active since the 1950s and has collected a substantial and growing archive of paper-based and digital information. A significant portion of this archive has been digitized and is available in a content management system. This material is currently used by researchers working to publish the excavation’s results. The project is also committed to sharing this data via its website. The Gordion Database and Web Developer will work with the Gordion Project Archivist to facilitate both internal use and public access. The Gordion Database and Web Developer will also be responsible for database development for ongoing field research in Gordion. Participation in fieldwork at Gordion is also desirable.

Qualifications Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) and a minimum of one year of experience in either computer and information systems or archaeology or related field required. Work or education experience showing ability to implement web-based access to archaeological databases. Experience with Linux/Unix, MySQL, PHP, HTML/CSS/Javascript, FileMaker, and Mac server administration. Familiarity with ResourceSpace is preferred but not required. Archaeological or related work experience. Excellent team member and communication skills, and able to work independently and with a variety of people with different skill sets and from different disciplines. Self-motivated, open-minded, and a fast learner. Handle multiple tasks and work under stress while providing quality work and meeting deadlines. Demonstrated familiarity with current trends in the practice of Digital Humanities and an enthusiasm for sharing scholarly resources with both academic researchers and general audiences are requirements. Working knowledge of data architectures, metadata standards, imaging, and digital asset management.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted May 16, 2014

Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) Lecturer

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) and the School of Arts and Sciences are seeking a Teaching Specialist, with combined teaching and laboratory experience for its new Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). CAAM is a joint endeavor of the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, and will support teaching and mentoring of students from their first steps to their becoming independent as researchers. CAAM is envisioned as consisting of teaching and research specialties in archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, ceramics, conservation, digital archaeology, human skeletal analysis, and lithics. Several of these specialties will have dedicated Teaching Specialists within CAAM.

The appointment is at the rank of Lecturer A in the School of Arts and Sciences, and will report to the CAAM Laboratory Coordinator with oversight from the Faculty Steering Committee. The teaching Specialist will teach or co-teach one course per semester; train and supervise students in their respective technical area; support Penn Museum archaeological projects; publish and/or assist in publication of relevant research; and monitor and maintain their respective lab equipment.

Qualifications Minimum: BA/BS, with a PhD highly preferred in one or more archaeological laboratory specialties from archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, and digital archaeology, with preference given to those specializing in archaeozoology, plus 3-5 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; broad knowledge of archaeological material culture and a record of involvement in archaeological research projects; teaching and mentoring experience. Computer literacy, organizational skills, and attention to detail, multi-tasking, and collaborative abilities. Ability to travel as may be required.

Applicants must apply through the Penn Faculty Searches website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position. Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on July 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Posted June 16, 2014

Student Exhibition Internship

The Penn Museum is offering a new, paid internship for the 2014-2015 academic year for current undergraduates. Three interns from the University of Pennsylvania will work alongside museum staff and students from the University of the Arts Museum Exhibition Planning & Design and Museum Education programs to create a small exhibition that ties into the University Provost’s Year of Health. Interns will learn first-hand about the curatorial, content development, administrative, and design aspects of staging an exhibition in a large museum. The year-long internship will focus on the planning, development, design, fabrication and installation of a small exhibition, which will open in March 2015. Upon opening, students will implement educational programs and events for the museum's public and academic audiences, including the creation of an academic symposium related to the exhibition's themes.

Qualifications University of Pennsylvania undergraduates, preferably with a background in art history, archaeology, or health-related disciplines. Candidates should be enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and able to work both individually and collaboratively as part of a multifaceted team. Successful candidates will have experience conducting research and be extremely detail-oriented; able to work on a variety of tasks as priorities require; and demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills. Candidates must be able to interact in a professional manner with museum visitors, patrons and supporters, researchers, and other staff.

The internship will require an average of 8 hours/week and will be compensated with a $1000 stipend. Restricted to current University of Pennsylvania undergraduates.

Applicants should submit the following to Dr. Anne Tiballi, Mellon Curricular Facilitator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, August 25th.

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter describing the skills, abilities, and experiences that the candidate brings to the Penn Museum
  • Short essay describing an object from the Museum’s collections ( and how it could be incorporated into an exhibition on the Year of Health
  • Letter of recommendation from a University of Pennsylvania professor

Posted July 11, 2014

Preparator and Mountmaker

Under the supervision of the Chief Preparator, the Preparator and Mountmaker is responsible for the design, documentation, and fabrication of display and travel mounts for objects in the Penn Museum collection. The Preparator and Mountmaker manages the Mountmaker Studio and inventory, creates mount drawings for exhibition and travel, collaborates regularly with the Environmental Designer, Conservators, Collections Keepers, and Curators. The person in this position handles a wide range of objects from the Museum’s diverse collections. Mounts are produced from a variety of materials, including various metals, wood, and acrylic using hand tools and standard stationary shop equipment. In addition to the creation of object mounts, the Preparator and Mountmaker works with the Preparation Department to install and deinstall objects for conservation and research purposes and installs and de-installs exhibitions and displays regularly. This position will take part in team meetings with inside and outside fabrication contractors, design firms, student interns, and independent contractors as required. This is a one-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and departmental needs.

Qualifications Technical School, Certification, training or apprenticeship required beyond High School and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted July 16, 2014

Interpretive Planning Manager

The Intepretive Planning Manager researches, develops the content and creates outlines for, and writes of all exhibition collateral, including text panels, labels, audio and video scripts, multimedia content and other elements as required by project. In close collaboration with curators, content experts, researchers, and collections managers, this position serves as the primary contact for individual project teams. The position is responsible for initiating the project schedule, establishing milestone dates and deadlines for projects, as well as scheduling and creating agendas for, and leading all content development meetings. The Interpretive Planning Manager is responsible for writing labels for object removals and change-outs throughout the Museum, and manages the exhibition content database. This position will also collaborate with external content developers, writers, multimedia and design firms as well as internal team members, including designers, preparators, conservators, collections managers and registrars. They are responsible for the purchase and procurement of content, including rights and reproduction for exhibition content. This position will mentor undergraduate and graduate students through the process of creating exhibitions regularly. This is a one-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and departmental needs.

Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Creative Writing, or related field required, Masters preferred, with 3-5 years experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience in research tactics and demonstrated experience in developing content and excellence in writing exhibition text, in a wide array of voices, for a wide range of audiences is essential. An understanding of informal learning strategies is helpful. Familiarity with cutting-edge interpretive and interactive approaches to museum exhibition practice is necessary. Understanding of the special needs associated with displaying museum objects. Ability to work collaboratively is essential. Ability to use the Microsoft and Adobe Suites, Filemaker Pro, and collections database software is essential. Knowledge of Vectorworks, Sketch Up or similar CAD program is helpful, but not required.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted July 16, 2014

Environmental Design Manager

The Environmental Design Manager is responsible for establishing and implementing the overall environment for temporary exhibitions and displays for the Museum, including all 2D and 3D including concept sketches, color renderings, final digital renderings, construction documentation, graphic design, lighting design, and multimedia direction. This position, along with the Art Director for Marketing, will manage the Graphic Designer, in a dual reporting system. The Environmental Design Manager will create and maintain schedules for the design phases of exhibition planning, create agendas for and runs all design meetings for exhibitions. This position will establish and maintain relationships with outside vendors and independent contractors, liaise with collections managers, curators, content experts, preparators, conservators, registrars, and other stakeholders to ensure clear communications throughout the process. This position, along with the Interpretive Planner, will establish and maintain the budgets for exhibition projects, and will be required to mentor undergraduate and graduate students on a regular basis. This is a one-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and departmental needs.

Qualifications Bachelors Degree in Exhibition, Theatrical, Industrial, or other fine arts field, Masters preferred, and 3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; experience creating museum exhibitions is required. Experience in working with material culture and objects is preferred. Demonstrated ability to design two and three dimensional exhibition elements is essential, as is the ability to work in highly collaborative, team-based situations. Proven clear communication efficiencies is required. Ability to work in multiple platforms, including Vectorworks, Sketch Up, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker Pro, and collections database software, as well as project management software such as Box, Basekamp, and Fast Track scheduling is required. A working knowledge of materials and production methods used to create environments is needed. Strong copy editing skills, and experience working with students are a plus.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted July 16, 2014


Museum and School Educator

Through lead funding generously provided by The Annenberg Foundation, the Penn Museum is launching a multi-stage educational program with the School District of Philadelphia and the KIPP and Mastery Charter Schools that will enrich and support the ‘Common Core’ curriculum and make a lasting impression on every seventh grade class in the District, at no cost to the schools. The four stages of the program will include (1) faculty in-service days for the teachers at the Museum; (2) an in-school visit from Penn Museum educators with a workshop introducing both concepts and objects that will then be familiar reference points when the students come to the Museum; (3) a class visit to the Penn Museum with a gallery tour and workshop; and (4) post-visit student projects highlighting the sum of their learning, developed collaboratively between Museum Educators and class teachers to reflect what specific schools and teachers think best serves the needs of their students.

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Museum and School Educator is responsible for teaching a comprehensive program about ancient Egyptian civilization to 7th grade Title I students residing in the City of Philadelphia. The Museum and School Educator will travel to Philadelphia public schools across the city, along with KIPP and Mastery charter schools to teach a program about ancient Egypt, including teaching an in-museum program called Mummy Makers, facilitate learning experiences in the Museum’s Egypt galleries, facilitate a culminating experience with students at the completion of the program. The Museum and School Educator will be required to learn a significant amount of information about ancient Egyptian civilization and will need the ability to teach the content in an engaging and spirited manner. The Museum and School Educator will follow a scripted curriculum and must be willing to receive constructive criticism and make adjustments according to specific feedback. The Museum and School Educator must have excellent classroom management technique and be comfortable in an urban middle school setting. Of particular importance, is sensitivity to the learning styles among Title I students. Commitment and passion for delivering a high quality, core content, standards-based program, along with a sense of fun and adventure are essential. This is a grant funded term position, with funding currently in place for one year. The Museum is actively fundraising to provide support for the position beyond that date, so renewal is subject to funding.

Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree in Education is required, Master’s Degree preferred, and a minimum of three years of experience teaching in an urban setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. PA 7-9 Social Studies certification is also preferred. Excellent communication skills are required. Please provide a reference from a principal or a copy of a satisfactory teacher evaluation with your application. A Pennsylvania driver’s license is required. Some weekend and evening work may be required. Criminal background, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI fingerprinting required.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted July 25, 2014


The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For those interested in volunteering at the Penn Museum, please visit our Volunteer page.



Volunteer at the Penn Museum


Since 1887, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 200 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 20 or more years!

If you are interested in volunteering at the Penn Museum, please review the volunteer opportunities listed below and then submit an application. For most volunteer positions the only requirement is an interest in archaeology, anthropology, and world cultures, a love of learning, and a willingness to make a regular time commitment, usually two to four hours, one or two days per week.

Volunteer Benefits
Volunteers may request VIP parking passes. They receive a 10% discount on purchases made in the Museum's shops and cafe. Volunteers are also encouraged to join the Museum as members, and new volunteers recieve a 10% discount on individual or family memberships.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Cartifacts Volunteer

Description: Cartifacts is an informal, in-gallery public program that provides hands-on experiences for Penn Museum visitors of all ages. Cartifact Volunteers set up displays of five to ten touchable artifacts at carts located in the Museum’s galleries and explain the function and history of each object. Each cart is focused on a gallery theme. Cartifact Volunteers engage visitors in short-term discussions utilizing open-ended questions.

Required Training: Volunteers will be interviewed and introduced to all available carts. Volunteers will study the training manual of the cart of his/her choice for up to two weeks. After two weeks, Cartifact Volunteers will be tested on their familiarity with the objects and their ability to facilitate discussions with visitors about the material.

Qualifications: This volunteer opportunity is open to mature high school students and adults. An ideal Cartifact Volunteer demonstrates good listening and conversational skills, has enthusiasm for the material, and has knowledge of the Penn Museum’s collections and floor plan.

Requirements: Commitment for at least one day a week is preferred, but not a requirement. Cartifact Volunteers may schedule themselves to work for any hours during the following times: Tuesday-Friday, 12pm-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm; or special evening events.

Special Events Volunteer

Description: The Museum sponsors a wide variety of special events for members and the public on weekends and in the evening. Special Events Volunteers help with many aspects of special events including set-up, check-in, helping at kids’ craft tables, and more.

Required Training: None


  • Able to communicate and work comfortably with the public, including small children and adults
  • Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time
  • Responsible and punctual

Requirements: None

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