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Historic Preservation Data Development Technician

Recruitment #19-005407-0002


This is a full-time, grant-funded, two-year CONTRACTUAL position with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), the State’s historic preservation office, located within the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP).




Maryland Historical Trust

100 Community Place

Crownsville, MD  21032

Main Purpose of Job

The purpose of the position is to organize and digitize information on existing and new architectural site forms in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties.  This is part of a grant-funded collaborative project aimed at enhancing the searchable database and simultaneously identifying data gaps that can be filled by future survey work.


Job duties will include making a comprehensive sweep of the existing 45,000 records in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, and interpreting and entering information from the paper forms into a searchable database.

This database powers Medusa, the state’s Cultural Resource Information System.   The sweep will involve manually reading and interpreting each paper form, and entering the information from 10-12 fields into the database. In some cases this will involve simple transcription, in other cases it will require interpretation of the contents of longer text fields and translation into the categories in the database.  

Applicant will also work with the library and GIS staff in maintaining related GIS and database records, and in developing new procedures for handling digital materials.  

This job requires extreme attention to detail, excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills and a strong interest in working collaboratively.  Computer proficiency and demonstrated interpretive skills are essential.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Anthropology, Historic Preservation, Architectural History, Archaeology, or other closely related field.  

Experience:  Two years of professional experience and/or preservation internships in one of the above fields. Proficiency with databases and with computerized file management is required.

Notes:   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 general experience. 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 to year basis for the required education and experience.


Familiarity with cultural resources of the Middle Atlantic region.


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 ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) 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, 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.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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: Chris Langley


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

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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