Jobs and Opportunities

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

Gift Shop Manager

Reporting to the Director of Marketing & Communications, the Penn Museum Gift Shop Manager will be responsible for the day to day management, sales, customer service, operations and inventory management of the shop. This person provides leadership and guidance to gift store staff, helping to recruit, train and develop a successful sales team, and creates an environment focused on customer satisfaction and exemplary customer service, maximum productivity, profitability, and loss prevention. Duties include, but are not limited to, occasionally work with internal Museum departments to discuss product selection; assist with the display and presentation of merchandise, change displays regularly, supervise and work with staff to stock and display merchandise, supervise cashiering and receipting of sales, take regular inventory of stock; maintain payroll and non-payroll expenses in accordance with the financial plan. This is a three-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and the structure of overall gift shop operations.

Qualifications BA/BS preferrably in business or related field plus 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; experience in retail management and proven track record in achieving sales results; strong written and verbal communication skills; superior customer service skills; Prior exposure to retail merchandising and visual concepts is preferred. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays, so this person must be able to work flexible schedules. Weekend work will be required, as well as some evenings.

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 November 28, 2014

Visitor Services Representative

The Penn Museum Visitor Services Representative will work part-time with both the Museum’s Learning Programs and Visitor Services Departments to facilitate the visits and experiences of visiting K-12 groups and the general public. The Visitor Services Representative will see that all Museum visitors experience high levels of customer service and encounter a welcoming and helpful atmosphere. The individual will be responsible for working with K-12 groups, greeting them, organizing their visits, and conducting phone outreach to these groups. They will also act as a ‘concierge’ to these groups and the general public, 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. This is a position that is funded by gift funding, and as such will be a one-year term position, with renewal subject to continued funding as well as employee performance.

Qualifications Candidates must possess 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, as evening and weekend work may be 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 November 22, 2014

Collections Inventory Technician (4 positions)

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is seeking four Collections Inventory Technicians to assist in the comprehensive inventory of its Egyptian collections. Supervised by the Museum’s Registrar’s Office, the Technicians will be responsible for inventorying objects, object photography, and updating object locations and documentation in the Museum’s collections database. Additionally, the Technicians will be responsible for organizing and preparing select collections for off-site storage, as well as overseeing the packing, crating, and transportation to the off-site storage facility.

Qualifications Minimum: BA/BS coursework in a field related to the Museum’s collections required, with an BA/BS or MA/MS in such a field or in Museum Studies (Collections Management) preferred, 1-2 years of experience working in a museum setting required, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Broad knowledge of or passion for archaeological and ethnographic materials required. Team spirit and multi-tasking abilities required. Organizational skills and attention to detail required. Computer literacy required and experience with collections management databases (e.g. KE EMu) preferred. Manual dexterity and work on ladder required with the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Prior experience in artifact handling, inventorying, photography, moving, packing, and crating highly preferred. Applicants should have an active driver’s license.

Applicants should submit a letter of request, a current resume, and a list of two references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . No phone calls will be accepted for the position. Application deadline is January 16, 2015, or until positions are filled.

Posted December 8, 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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