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Chief Archaeologist

Recruitment #18-002589-0018


The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is the state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past. Through research, conservation, and education, MHT assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage.  Part of the Maryland Department of Planning, MHT serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.




Maryland Historical Trust

100 Community Place

Crownsville, MD  21032

Main Purpose of Job

The Chief Archeologist, through delegation of authority from the Director of MHT, provides broad policy oversight and directs, manages, and coordinates archeological programs and activities conducted by MHT under its statutory role as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Responsibilities include strategic planning and overall direction of State underwater and terrestrial archeology programs; coordination of the MHT archeology program both internally and with external partners; leading archeology staff detailed to MHT offices outside of the Office of Research, Survey and Registration; and undertaking efforts to promote and enhance the MHT archeology program.

As such, the Chief Archeologist should not only have a command of technical subject matter, law, and policy, but also be a creative thinker and team builder, able to solve problems and achieve goals collaboratively. The work of the Chief Archeologist will support and strengthen the work of MHT's interdisciplinary staff while connecting with the work of our numerous partners.

The successful candidate will be a compelling ambassador for archeology, providing strong customer service, public outreach, and response to often complex and controversial issues.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required general 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 education and experience.


Candidates must meet these selective qualifications to be considered:

- The required bachelor's degree must be in archaeology, anthropology, public history, public administration, historic preservation, or a related field.

- Two or more years of the required professional work experience must be in the field of archeology, anthropology, or historic preservation.


The preferred candidate will have:

- A master's degree in archaeology, anthropology, public history, public administration, historic preservation, or related field  

- Two years of work experience supervising staff, volunteers, and/or crews in relevant field 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.


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).

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


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.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to:  Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Suite 608, Baltimore, MD  21201

For inquiries regarding the application process or this recruitment, please call 410-767-4850 or email

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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