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Digital Archivist

Recruitment #23-005401-0001


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, the Maryland Historical Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage. Part of the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), the Maryland Historical Trust serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. 

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), a unit of the Maryland Historical Trust, within the Maryland Department of Planning, is recruiting for a full time, permanent Digital Archivist. JPPM is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland, and is the State Museum of Archaeology and a center for both regional and statewide archaeological research.  It is home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), which houses over 8 million artifacts. 

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) connects people to the past through history and archaeology and supports the preservation of Maryland's cultural and natural resources.




10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) is responsible for the in-perpetuity curation of the State of Maryland’s archaeological collections, including artifacts and associated records. The main purpose of this job is to create and implement policies to ensure that digital archaeological records produced at the MAC Lab or submitted to the MAC Lab by depositors are properly managed, preserved, accessible, and associated with descriptive and meaningful metadata.


Duties for this position will include creating an archival management plan for paper, photographic and digital records associated with the MAC Lab’s archaeological collections. This plan will include creating and managing a database for digital data and conducting data entry of all metadata for the associated digital records; coordinating with MAC Lab and Maryland Historical Trust staff regarding the disposition of digital, photographic and paper records in accordance with the records retention and disposition schedule for the Maryland State Archives; preparing digital, photographic and paper records for long-term curation; providing access to digital records while maintaining protections of confidential archaeological site location information; assisting with environmental monitoring of the records storage area; and assisting with grant writing.


Education: Bachelors degree in archival management, history, archaeology, museum studies or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Minimum of one year’s experience in digital archive management, including experience in creating metadata descriptions, digitization, and care of born-digital materials. Additional experience as defined above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

The applicant must be a US citizen or have a currently valid work visa.  


The Preferred Candidate should possess the following:

Education: Masters in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program or a graduate degree in archival studies, history, archaeology, museum studies or a related field. Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist certificate, preferred.

Experience: Minimum of two years experience in digital archive management, including experience in creating metadata descriptions, digitization, and care of born-digital materials.


The applicant should be able to lift 50 pounds, work on ladders or in crouching positions.


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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