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Research Archaeologist

Recruitment #22-002586-0162


The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is seeking an energetic and collaborative individual for the position of Research Archaeologist. The Maryland Historical Trust is the state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past. Through research, conservation and education, the Maryland Historical Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage. Part of the Maryland Department of Planning, the Maryland Historical Trust serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.  The position is part of the Archaeological Research Program in the Office of Research, Survey, and Registration, which produces original research, develops field data, and evaluates the significance of resources.




100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD  21032

Main Purpose of Job

This position will perform duties related to the updating, maintenance, and collection of historical and cultural data, including databases and Geographic Information System (GIS) data related to the MHT Archaeological Research Program, which are essential tools in the planning and environmental review of federal and state assisted development and public infrastructure projects. The position helps facilitate Maryland’s compliance with federal and state historic preservation legislation including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and the Maryland Historical Trust Act of 1985, as amended. The position will assist the Chief Archaeologist with original archaeological research as well as the monitoring of state and/or federal grant monies administered by MHT. Furthermore, the position will facilitate MHT’s role in providing technical assistance to counties that have enacted local legislation to protect cultural and historical resources, academics undertaking original research on topics of Maryland history and/or prehistory, and the public at large. 


Under the direction of the Chief Archaeologist, and in collaboration with archaeology staff at MHT, the Research Archaeologist undertakes the following major program activities:

Updates and expands the data incorporated into the Archaeological Synthesis Database on a continuous and regularly scheduled basis, providing research assistance, complex queries, and troubleshooting for users of the database system. Promotes and develops multiple methods for dissemination of the information contained within the database.

Conducts original research on collections and data entrusted to MHT and assists with MHT-partnered archaeological lab and fieldwork. Pursues external funding for archaeological projects when appropriate.

Inputs and maintains spatial data within MHT’s GIS databases as it is collected in the field and recorded by the MHT archaeology program, providing technical assistance and support to all users (public and within MHT).

Serves as a Grant(s) Monitor for archaeology-related MHT Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grants.

  Provides technical assistance to local governments, state and federal agencies, and the general public        regarding archaeological programing and assistance offered by MHT


Experience:   Eight years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for- year basis for the required experience.


A Bachelor's degree in archaeology, anthropology, historic preservation or a related field, or a Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field with an academic minor in archaeology or anthropology.


One year of work experience conducting archaeological field or laboratory research.




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.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.

Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn:  For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410 767-7950.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

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