Jobs and Opportunities

Visitor Services Representative

The Visitor Services Representative will work part-time at the Museum’s admissions desks, processing admissions to the Museum, and will be responsible for ensuring that Museum guests have a comfortable and enjoyable experience during their visit. The Visitor Services Representative will see that all Museum visitors experience high levels of customer service and encounter a welcoming and helpful atmosphere. The Visitor Services Representative will act as a ‘concierge’, answering questions, using the ticketing system to process admission and membership sales, and will provide assistance to visitors as needed, and will recognize and anticipate their needs, wants and expectations.

Qualifications Candidates must posses a high school diploma. Prior customer service skills in a cultural environment are desired but not required. Very strong interpersonal skills and oral communication skills are essential. The ability to provide exceptional customer service is critical to the position. This person must be able to work flexible schedules, and evening and weekend work may be required.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Posted June 12, 2015

Exhibition Designer

The Exhibition Designer is responsible for establishing and implementing the overall environment for temporary exhibitions and displays for the Museum, including all 3D concept sketches, color renderings, final digital renderings, construction documentation, lighting design, and multimedia direction.. The Exhibition Designer will create and maintain schedules for the design phases of exhibition planning, creates 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.

Qualifications Bachelors Degree in Exhibition, Theatrical, Industrial, or other fine arts field, Masters preferred, and 3-5 years 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 24, 2015

Anthropology Department and University Museum Endowed Professorship in Anthropology

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seek to hire a leading archaeologist at the Associate or Full Professor level to fill the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Endowed Professorship in Anthropology. We are looking for candidates with outstanding research and publication records who can bring innovative ideas, techniques, and new kinds of data to broad questions of current anthropological significance. This will be a dual appointment in the Department and the Museum. For the Department, the successful candidate will teach two classes per year ranging from scientific research methodology to the department’s core archaeological curriculum, including undergraduate courses and seminars on theory and her/his regional/temporal specialty. Within the Museum, he or she will hold a curatorial position, and be expected to provide leadership in discussions of collections-based research. The ideal candidate would also be able to contribute to the Museum’s new laboratory-based Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) in both teaching and research.

Qualifications Temporal focus and geographical area are open, although some preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Africa, Oceania, South Asia or the Maya World. An on-going field and/or laboratory project is essential and researchers who have made major contributions to archaeological science should emphasize this in their applications. The ability to collaborate with archaeological programs in other departments is also desirable.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and CV here. Review of applications will begin November 12, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Anthropology and the University Museum are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more 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 July 24, 2015

Part-Time GRoW Annenberg Workshop Instructor

Unpacking the Past is a FREE program that connects middle school classrooms in Philadelphia public and Title I charter schools with the world-renowned collections and teaching resources of the Penn Museum. The program focuses on either ancient Egypt or ancient Rome and includes an Outreach Lesson at the school AND a field trip to the Penn Museum where students receive a guided gallery tour and a workshop. This program is a three-year initiative of the Penn Museum and strives to provide valuable educational services for Philadelphia public and charter schools. Reporting to the Unpacking the Past GRoW Annenberg Program Manager, the Part-Time Workshop Instructor is responsible for learning and teaching a variety of workshops and gallery tours. The Part-Time Workshop Instructor will travel to public schools across the City of Philadelphia to teach an Outreach Lesson about archaeology and the Penn Museum. In addition, the Part-Time Workshop Instructor will teach in-museum programs including classroom workshops and gallery tours. The Part-Time Workshop Instructor will be required to learn a large amount of information about the ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations and must be able to teach the content in an engaging manner. He/she will follow a scripted curriculum and must be willing to receive feedback from both teachers and peers. The ideal candidate must have excellent classroom management technique and be comfortable in an urban middle school setting, with particular sensitivity to the learning styles among Title I students. Commitment and passion for delivering a high quality, standards-based program, along with a sense of fun and adventure are essential. This is a 20 hour per week position, with the contract to begin in September 2015 and end in July 2016, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

Qualifications Candidates must have two years’ experience teaching in urban schools; a Bachelor’s degree in education, history, anthropology, or related field; a flexible personality and engaging, creative teaching style; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and knowledge of museum education practices a plus.

To apply, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “Part-Time Workshop Instructor.” Please include a resume or CV, 3 professional references, and if possible, a sample lesson plan or curriculum. No phone calls, please..

Posted August 20, 2015

For undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates interested in the Summer Internship Program, please visit our Internship page.

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

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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 a specific opportunity. Applications will only be considered for these opportunities. 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 receive a 10% discount on individual or family memberships.

All volunteer positions are currently filled. Please check back often as new opportunities are continually added.

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