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Research and Preservation Specialist I (CONTRACTUAL)


Recruitment #13-999999-364




Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Main Purpose of Job

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM), an agency of the Maryland Historical Trust in the Maryland Department of Planning, is home to the state-of-the-art Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) which houses over 8 million artifacts.  It's here that our dedicated team perform the research, conversation and curation of these land-based and underwater artifacts recovered from State and federal projects as well as a number of private collections that are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators and educators.

We are seeking an entry-level Conservator of archaeological materials that will work under the direction of the Head Conservator on a wide range of objects from various projects, including iron, copper alloy, ceramic, glass, leather and wood.  This position will examine and document objects, perform analytical tests, prepare treatment proposals, perform conservation treatments, package or mount artifacts for transport, storage or display, and submit full reports of all activities.



Applicants must have a degree in the conservation of objects from an accredited conservation degree program, or be a current student in such a program.  Current students seeking a minimum 12-month internship, either post-graduate or as a graduate requirement, are eligible. 

Equivalent work experience of two years practical conservation of archaeological materials may be accepted in lieu of a conservation degree.

Applicants must be able to show experience with taking and processing photographs and proficiency working in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Access) or other equivalent computer software programs.  This position includes work that requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and work on ladders or in crouching positions.


Prior training in health and safety and experience in the use of lifting and moving of equipment is desired.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants will be evaluated based on the materials submitted and the position's requirements.  Therefore, it is essential to provide complete and accurate information regarding your previous and/or current education, training and experience as they relate to ALL of the qualifications outlined above to receive fullest consideration.


This is a contractual position and not eligible for benefits.


Please submit your resume and cover letter via the link below to the State's online applications system.  Online application is STRONGLY PREFERRED.  When uploading attachments, please make sure to do so as one document as the system does not allow multiple attachements.   

If you are unable to apply online, you may submit your resume and cover letter via mail to the address below. The paper submission must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted. 

Amber Harvey, Personnel Director
Maryland Department of Planning
301 W. Preston St., Suite 1101
Baltimore, MD 21201 

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As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.