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At the Penn Museum, we are passionate about transforming understanding of the human experience.

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Home to over a million extraordinary artifacts and archaeological finds from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, the Penn Museum has been uncovering our shared humanity across continents and millennia since 1887. In bridging archaeology, the study of objects made by humans, with anthropology, the science of humanity, we chart a course for finding one’s own place in the arc of human history.

From groundbreaking discoveries to ongoing innovations in our galleries, classrooms, labs, and grounds—the Penn Museum is a world wonder! We are educators, curators, students, and conservators, as well as experts in fundraising, design, communications, business, IT, and hospitality working together to make the Museum accessible to all communities near and far. Find your place and future with us.

Working at the Penn Museum makes you a part of an unparalleled Penn community committed to a culture of inclusion, innovation, entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary collaboration creating social impact. As the largest private employer in Philadelphia, Penn is an award-winning workplace striving to attract the world’s best, offering competitive benefits, and cultivating core values grounded in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Learn more about our institutional policies, programs, and resources supporting DEIA.

In 2020, the Museum was the first center at Penn to both adopt the University’s Diversity Hiring Initiative and include a member of the Penn Museum Diversity Committee (PMDC) in all searches. All position searches are by hiring committee of no less than three, including a member of the PMDC, to ensure fair and equal treatment. Committees select first round interviewees from applications which have been redacted by an HR officer to remove identifying information, dates of employment, degree type, graduation dates, and universities/colleges attended, in order to reduce the influence of implicit biases.

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Open Positions

Collections Coordinator, Academic Engagement Department

Reporting to the Director of Academic Engagement, the Collections Coordinator provides support to the department with all aspects of work required to fulfill the mission of the department, particularly in supporting Penn and external University visits to the Museum’s galleries and collections classrooms. Specific duties include but are not limited to working directly with faculty to coordinate class visit schedules and ensuring staff coverage; working with collections staff to select and transfer objects between storage and classroom spaces; supervising and supporting collections study and use during visits by students and faculty; facilitating object-based learning exercises in the classroom and galleries; reviewing, assessing, and advising on new policies and procedures to ensure that curricular needs are met within existing collections policies; preparing reports and statistics on class visits, student research, and related activities. This position also supports the department during co-curricular student events like new student orientation, Making Workshops, gallery openings, and internships.

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Summer Camp Counselor

The Summer Camp Counselor is responsible for leading and assisting small and large groups of campers in a variety of activities. The activities include gallery tours, art-making projects, games, scavenger hunts, and performances during the summer camp season. Counselors help to foster a fun and positive learning environment by facilitating friendships and teamwork among campers while acting as a mentor.

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Senior Web Developer

This is a critical role with the opportunity to inform the strategic growth of the Penn Museum’s digital services. The Senior Web Developer is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the Museum’s public website, intranet, and other digital resources and supporting internal operations as well as online platforms. The position reports to the Manager of Digital Records, Archives, and Publications and advises on short- and long-term digital strategies and areas for growth and helps in infrastructure decision-making and enhancements.

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The Penn Museum offers several co-curricular opportunities for teens, undergraduates, and graduate students to enhance learning in Penn Museum galleries, laboratories, and study rooms

Opportunities for Teens
Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
Opportunities for Graduate Students