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Architectural Historian (CONTRACTUAL) *Extended Closing Date*

Recruitment #18-005406-0002


This is a full-time Contractual position with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT).   MHT is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic person to fill the position of Architectural Historian / Historic District Surveyor.

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.

In addition to its administrative office in Crownsville, the Maryland Historical Trust includes the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in St. Leonard, Maryland, which houses the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.




Maryland Historical Trust

100 Community Place

Crownsville, MD  21032

Main Purpose of Job

The purpose of the position is to undertake an evaluation of locally-designated historic districts for National Register eligibility in accordance with the requirements of the Maryland Heritage Structure Tax Credit Program.


Duties of the position will include the review of existing local historic district designation information to determine whether it is adequate to support decisions regarding Tax Credit eligibility and augment or supplement that information as needed.  

This position will carry out fieldwork, to verify or update documentation by visiting locally designated historic districts, recording (by written description and photography) their constituent properties, determining current condition and integrity, and mapping boundaries.

Conduct documentary research to develop historical context and to determine and justify Periods of Significance.

Prepare revised or new Determination of Eligibility (DOE) forms for each local historic district.

These duties will be carried out in coordination with local government agencies responsible for the administration of designated historic districts. 

The successful applicant for this job will have experience in architectural field recording and preparation for National Register nominations and related documentation, excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Proficiency with computers and digital photography and demonstrated writing skills are essential.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Art History, History, Historic Architecture, Folklore, American Studies or other closely related field.  

Experience: Two years of professional experience and/or preservation internships in one of the above fields.  


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


Our preferred candidate will have:

Knowledge of historic architecture, building analysis, and investigation/documentation methods and a demonstrated ability to conduct architectural field surveys and historical research.  

Knowledge of the criteria, documentation standards, and operations of the National Register of Historic Places, and demonstrated successful completion of National Register nomination(s).  


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 must 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 on-line application process is not available, 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

Attn:   Chris Langley

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-4911

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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