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Collections Assistant

Recruitment #18-001756-0063


This is a full-time Contractual position with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)/Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), located within the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP).

JPPM is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic candidate to fill the position of Collections Assistant with its Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (“MAC Lab”).  The position is located in Calvert County.




Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

10515 Mackall Rd.

St. Leonard, MD  20685

Main Purpose of Job

The purpose of the position is to perform a variety of artifact collections management duties under the direction of the MAC Labs Curator of State Collections, as well as archaeological fieldwork during the annual JPPM Public Archaeology Program, under the direction of the MAC Labs Deputy Director.


Duties of the position will include providing support to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (“MAC Lab”) Curator of State Collections in a variety of collections management related duties including preparing archaeological collections for a long term storage; surveying and assessing the condition of collections and their storage requirements; identifying artifacts in need of stabilization and conservation; rehousing collections in archival materials; assisting with processing incoming collections; assisting with the management of artifacts on loan; and assisting with the creation of type collections and artifacts displays.

The position will function as the MAC Lab's primary contact for all loans of archaeological collections to outside institutions, with the responsibility for all stages of the loan process, including documenting and preparing artifacts for transfer, completing all loan forms and documentation, securing the necessary signatures, periodic on-site inspections and assessments of artifacts on display, and making sure loans are renewed or artifacts are returned at the end of the loan period.

This position also provides both field and lab work for the annual JPPM Public Archaeology Program. The assistant helps provide professional guidance to volunteers, showing them how to dig, look for artifacts, draw site maps, etc.   The collections assistant also washes, labels, and catalogs artifacts at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.   


Education: Completion of 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university.

Experience: One year of experience in administrative or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute experience as defined above for the required education at the rate of one year of experience for 30 credit hours, for up to 60 credit hours of required education.

2. Candidates may substitute 90 credit hours at an accredited college or university for the required education and experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer involving staff work requiring regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting rules and regulations in accordance with agency laws and policies on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Our Best Qualified Candidate Will Have the Following:

 -Completion of an Archaeological Field School from an accredited college or university program.

-A degree in anthropology, history, museum studies or a related field.

-One year experience with archaeological or museum collections management.

-One year of experience in archaeological field or lab work.


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 (and on separate pages, if necessary) 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.  


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. 

As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits.

You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.


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 online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application, 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

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-4850.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online 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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