Topic ID #41453 - posted 8/27/2019 12:03 PM

Research Archaeologist Position - The Maryland Historical Trust


The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT, the Trust), the State’s historic preservation office, located within the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), is seeking an energetic and collaborative individual for the position of Research Archaeologist.

As the designated State Historic Preservation Office, MHT is responsible for updating and maintaining several databases of historic and archaeological sites, districts, buildings, and objects, as well as evaluating the significance of these resources. This position also falls within the Office of Research Survey and Registration’s Archaeology unit, consistent with MDP and the Trust’s mission of studying, evaluating, protecting and interpreting the state’s historic sites and material culture. This unit produces original research and develops field data, and participation in the Trust’s ongoing program of archaeological research is a major aspect of the position.

Location of Position - 100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032
Salary Range - $46,477.00 - $74,191.00/year
Job Description
This position will perform duties related to the updating, maintenance, and collection of historical and cultural data. The position will provide essential support for the maintenance and upkeep of archaeological database products maintained by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT, the Trust), as well as Geographic Information System (GIS) data related to the MHT archaeological research program, to ensure that these products contain accurate and current information. The Trust relies on these products as essential tools in the planning and environmental review of federal and state assisted development and public infrastructure projects throughout Maryland. The position helps facilitate Maryland compliance with federal and state historic preservation legislation including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and the Maryland Historical Trust Act of 1985, as amended, State Finance and Procurement Article §5A-325 and 5A-326 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. This position will assist the Chief Archaeologist with original archaeological research as well as the monitoring of state and/or federal grant monies administered by the Trust. Furthermore, the position will facilitate the Trust's role in assisting the growing number of counties that have enacted local legislation to protect cultural and historical resources, academics undertaking original research on topics of Maryland history and/or prehistory, and the public at large. Finally, this position is necessary to protect the considerable investment already made by the Trust in building its various data management systems.
Under the direction of the Chief Archaeologist, and in collaboration with archaeology staff at MHT, the Research Archaeologist undertakes the following major program activities:
• Updates and maintains the Archaeological Synthesis Database on a regularly scheduled basis; Provides research assistance and troubleshooting for users of the Archaeological Synthesis Database; Promotes and develops multiple methods for dissemination of the information contained within the database
• Updates and Maintains spatial data within MHT’s GIS databases as it is collected in the field and recorded by the MHT archaeology program; Update all such GIS data layers on a continual basis including version captures, quality checking, and development of metadata
• Provides technical assistance and support to all users of the various MHT databases and GIS products, and responds to assigned requests for information, queries, assistance, etc.
• Conducts original research on collections and data entrusted to the Trust; Assists with MHT-partnered archaeological field and labwork; Pursues external funding for archaeological projects when appropriate

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