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Below are the current employment opportunities for Historic St. Mary’s City.

 

Historic St. Mary’s City is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including minority candidates. 

 

 


 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY — CONSERVATOR

 

Historic St. Mary’s City is seeking a Conservator to care for its collection of approximately six million archaeological artifacts.  Applications are being accepted now.  Review of applications will begin August 15th.  Salary range is US $55,000-$62,000.

 

Please send a cover letter and résumé with the names and contact information for three professional references to:

 

Porzia Purves:

PorziaP@digshistory.org

(240) 895-4960

 

Organization Description:

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) is a museum of living history and archaeology located on the site of Maryland’s first capital (1634-1695).  Decades of research are the foundation of outdoor exhibits constructed in a beautiful tidewater landscape.  Recreated structures in the historic town center, a Woodland Indian hamlet, a tall ship, and a tobacco plantation staffed by costumed or uniformed interpreters help visitors understand the stories of Maryland’s founding. Reconstruction of the Brick Chapel of 1667 stands as a symbol of the religious freedom established by the Lords Baltimore in the seventeenth century.

 

HSMC is one of Southern Maryland’s leading tourism attractions and hosts an active school tour program.  The museum’s collections are a resource for professional archaeologists, scholars, and college students.  The HSMC colonial archaeology field school, the longest running field school in the nation, attracts students from all over the United States as well as from other countries. The museum is an independent agency of the State of Maryland, within the Office of the Governor.

 

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Research and Collections, the Conservator will undertake the direct treatment and preventive conservation care of objects in consultation with the Curator of Collections. This individual will work closely with other museum personnel to conserve the museum’s archaeological artifacts and archives to prepare them for exhibition and/or long-term storage.

 

Essential Functions:

 

The Conservator accomplishes examination, preventive maintenance, and treatment of the Museum collections

  • Conducts examination, documentation, analysis, and artifact treatment within the collection following established conservation procedures, methodologies, and professional ethics.
  • When necessary, based on the conservation needs of an artifact, develop new conservation techniques and procedures in consultation with the Curator of Collections and Director of Research and Collections.
  • Maintains detailed before, during, and after treatment records including both written and photographic documentation. All photography and imagery will be kept in digital format according to professional  procedures and standards.
  • Promotes the importance of conservation within the museum and in an outreach capacity whenever possible.
  • Responsible for completing associated documentation, analysis, and research as well as working with curatorial and collections staff on handling, storage, exhibition, and loan of the collections.
  • Contributes to outreach efforts and also mentors and supervises interns and volunteers.
  • Performs examination of non-archaeological museum objects as required and prepares documentation, including written and photographic reports.
  • Performs preventive conservation and maintenance in coordination with the Curator of Collections, including Integrated Pest Management, environmental monitoring, and emergency planning for collection galleries, exhibitions on the property of HSMC, and storage areas.
  • Performs technical study and analysis of materials and methods of manufacture, including imaging and analytical techniques related to research by the collections and archaeological staff.
  • Collaborates with Curator of Collections on organization and maintenance of storage and objects on display including routine cleaning procedures for objects out of display cases.
  • Plans exhibition mounting with Exhibition Design as needed.
  • Ensures maintenance of lab equipment and supplies.
  • Establishes lab procedures following professional standards.
  • Conducts objects handling training with staff, students, volunteers, etc.
  • Pursues professional development and maintains participation in professional organizations.
  • Participates in relevant museum meetings.
  • Adheres to professional standards for ethical practice in accordance with the American Institute for Conservation.
  • Identifies and suggests methods to improve standards related to department or museum practices or procedures.
  • Performs related duties as required.

 

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

 

The incumbent should possess

  • Working knowledge of acceptable practices for conservation and maintenance of objects.
  • Working knowledge of archaeological methods and practices.
  • Continuing professional development in the conservation field.
  • Working knowledge of analytical equipment and methods, including but not limited to FT-IR, SEM, XRF, digital radiography, optical microscopy, chloride analysis, metals sample preparation, and film/digital photography.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Development of educational materials/activities for public outreach.
  • Familiarity with accepted practices for achieving and insuring safety in the laboratory.
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of materials including metals and organics as well as knowledge of archaeological conservation methods pertaining to excavated finds.
  • Ability to work productively with senior staff who have highly specialized knowledge of their areas of responsibility; a team builder.

 

Education and Professional Experience:

 

  • A master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited conservation training program in the United States or abroad. A Conservation degree with specialization in objects, particularly archaeological and ethnographic materials, or related field is preferable, and four years of experience beyond internship level.
  • The candidate must be a good standing member of the American Institute for Conservation, and be able to demonstrate the required professional experience required for this position. The candidate must be able to show that they are working toward or have gained their professional associate status with the AIC in the next few years.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of established and emerging methods for treatment, preventive care, and analysis of museum objects.

 

Compensation:

 

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications, and competitive with comparable positions at other regional non-profit organizations of comparable size.  The museum offers a generous benefits package as well the opportunity to inspire and enlighten visitors and staff.

 

Historic St. Mary’s City is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including minority candidates.

 


 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY — GROUNDSKEEPER

 

Contact David Flood for details:

 

DavidF@DigsHistory.org

 


 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY — MANAGER OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS  

 

Organization Description:

 

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) is a museum of living history and archaeology located on the site of Maryland’s first capital (1634-1695).  Decades of research are the foundation of outdoor exhibits constructed on forty acres in a beautiful tidewater landscape.  Re-created structures in the historic town center, a Woodland Indian hamlet, a tall ship, and a tobacco plantation staffed by costumed or uniformed interpreters help visitors understand the stories of Maryland’s founding.  Reconstruction of the Brick Chapel of 1667 stands a symbol of the religious freedom established in Maryland by the Lords Baltimore in the seventeenth century.  The museum is an independent agency of the State of Maryland, within the Office of the Governor.

 

Many important archaeological sites are found within the boundaries of this National Historic Landmark. During the archaeology field season, guided tours of excavations are offered.  Exhibits in the St. John’s Site Museum explore the ways researchers reconstruct the past using historical and archaeological evidence, and examine how Lord Baltimore’s design for Maryland foreshadowed the First Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

 

HSMC is one of Southern Maryland’s leading tourism attractions and hosts an active school tour program and other public programs.  The museum’s collections are a resource for professional archaeologists, scholars, and college students.  The HSMC colonial archaeology field school, the longest running field school in the nation, attracts students from all over the United States as well as from other countries.  The museum also earns revenue from event rentals, including weddings and corporate events.  HSMC also owns and operates a B&B, the Inn at Brome-Howard.

 

Job Summary:  

 

The Manager of External Relations is responsible for a wide array of tasks associated with promoting and branding Historic St. Mary’s City in an effort to engage current and new audiences.  Reporting to the Director of Business Enterprises, the Manager’s efforts focus on developing and overseeing traditional and social media initiatives, including blogs, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, videos, and printed materials in order to build brand awareness, generate inbound traffic to the website, build online community, engage with the local/regional community, and encourage visitation and donor support.

 

The Manager understands how those actions will be integrated into the overall museum mission and strategy.  Given the emerging communications technologies and social media outlets, the incumbent is expected to track and keep current with developments in the field.  The Manager will be part of an established team that includes staff from all museum departments.

 

Essential Functions:  

 

Digital media

 

 Implement social media campaigns through online advocacy, writing editorial, community-outreach efforts, promotions, short films, and photos, etc.

 Monitor the museum’s presence in social networking sites (including Facebook, Twitter, and other similar community sites, posting on relevant blogs)

 Become an advocate of HSMC in social media spaces, engaging in dialogues and answering questions where appropriate

 Monitor and report feedback insights and gains from social media monitoring to the Marketing Team and the Director of Business Enterprises, to help evolve their strategies in a timely fashion

 

Website Management

 

 Solicit content from museum staff, volunteers, community members

 Review all content to align with the museum’s brand, quality, and audience

 In coordination with the Executive Director, and department directors, develop content for the website for visitors, scholars, teachers, and students

 

Strategic Analysis

 

 Coordinate marketing events with online activity and track the analytics of social media influence

 Provide insight into measurements and solutions based on that insight to help reach objectives

 Develop strategies to support improved performance in identified areas

 

Community Relations

 

 Facilitate conversation with the community through social media and personal interaction at events and programs on site and within the community, and particularly the museum’s partner, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

 

Media Relations

 

 Act as media point of contact.

 Negotiate media contracts and oversee on-site filming, interviews, etc.

 Propose editorial content to media outlets

 

Additional Responsibilities:  

 

 Stay abreast of industry trends and emerging interactive technologies and assist in the integration of new technologies into websites, as needed

 Design or oversee design of promotional materials, graphics, and signage to create a cohesive and compelling brand

 Oversee publication of members’ newsletter

 

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:  

 

The incumbent should possess:

 

 One to two years social media experience

 Knowledge of social media platforms and their respective participants (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.)

 Ability to effectively communicate information and ideas in written and verbal format

 Effective oral and written communication skills; strong organizational and analytical skills

 Understanding of computer and communication technology in order to analyze  the effectiveness of current systems, and to take advantage of new developments to support museum operations, exhibitions, education, and marketing

 Ability to initiate change within museum communications to further the museum’s mission and build audience

 Ability to work with minimal supervision

 Experience in graphic design a plus. Minimum of 2 years’ experience using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign

 

Highly desired attributes include:  

 

 Appreciation for the research and educational mission of the museum

 Creativity and entrepreneurial ingenuity to evaluate and develop museum practices to achieve greater levels of income, visitation, visibility, effectiveness and efficiency for the organization

 Outstanding interpersonal skills; strong collaborative skills to work with internal and external stakeholders

 Ability to work productively with senior staff who have highly specialized knowledge of their areas of responsibility; a team builder

 Experience and knowledge with a minimum of years (2) years’ experience working directly in a similar facility, e.g. non-profit, museum, entertainment attraction, and/or in organizational administration or program management

 Willingness to play a visible role in the community, including working occasional nights and weekends

 Enthusiasm for sales, promotion, community engagement, and telling the story of HSMC

 Have some knowledge of principles of SEO “Search Engine Optimization”

 

Education and Experience:  

 

 Bachelor’s Degree in related field.  BA in business, marketing or communications preferred

Or any combination of education and experience that satisfies the prerequisite criteria for the assigned duties.

 

Compensation:  

 

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications, and competitive with similar positions at other regional non-profit organizations of comparable size.  The museum offers a generous benefits package as well the opportunity to inspire and enlighten visitors and staff.

 

To be considered for this position please send your résumé, three professional references, and a sample of writing in pdf form to PorziaP@DigsHistory.org.  If you prefer to mail these items, please mail them to:  Porzia Purves, Personnel, P.O. Box 39, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686.

 

Closing Date:  6/15/2018

 

 


 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY — WOODLAND INDIAN HAMLET SITE SUPERVISOR

 

Historic St. Mary’s City, an accredited living history museum commemorating Maryland’s first capital (1634-1695), seeks a qualified individual to fill the position of Woodland Indian Hamlet Site Supervisor.  This site focuses on the culture of the local native peoples and the history of their contact with European colonists, before and after 1634.  The Woodland Indian Hamlet (WIH) is a uniformed, third-person site.

 

The full-time position oversees the managing and maintaining of the exhibit area and exhibit items, as well as daily site operations such as collecting materials for the long houses, hide tanning, and pottery.  The WIH Site Supervisor is responsible for the supervision, training, and evaluation of WIH staff.  The WIH Site Supervisor is responsible for the development and presentation of interpretive programs and special events for the site.  In addition, the WIH Site Supervisor makes budget recommendations for site purchases, and maintains overall administrative records.

 

Enthusiasm, experience in staff supervision, effective communication and organization skills, the ability to work with a variety of people and in a team setting, and the ability to conduct historical research required.  Two years experience in first and third-person museum interpretation preferred.  Knowledge of Woodland Indian lifeways a plus.

 

Salaried position ($31,000 – $33,000 yearly) with excellent benefits package.

 

Position Closes 5:00 p.m. 6/15/18

 

Submit résumé and three professional references with daytime phone number, and letter of interest to:

 

Historic St. Mary’s City

Attn: Director of Education

P.O. Box 39

St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

 


 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY — MUSEUM GUIDE

 

Part-time, seasonal positions mid-March through June and September through November. Museum guides lead school tour programs in an outdoor setting. Work schedule is approximately up to 16 hours per week. Experience working with children, excellent communication skills, and ability to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds preferred. All positions are paid $9/hr and include paid training and are open until filled.

 

Submit cover letter, resume or state application to the Public Programs Manager:

 

SharolY@digshistory.org
-or-
Historic St. Mary’s City
Attn: Sharol Yeatman
P.O. Box 39
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

 

 


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY — MUSEUM INTERPRETER

 

Historic St. Mary’s City, a museum of living history and archaeology, located on the site of Maryland’s first capital (1634-1695), seeks qualified individuals for museum interpreter positions in the Education Department. These are full-time (30 hour/week), seasonal positions (at $9.00/hour) from the beginning of March through November 2017, including weekends.

 

Interpreters work in uniform or 17th-century costume (provided). Interpreters use first-person techniques (portraying an historical person at the plantation) or third-person techniques (non-character, in either uniform or costume). These unique positions provide the opportunity to teach history to visitors of all ages and backgrounds in an outdoor classroom format at the museum’s living history sites: the Godiah Spray Plantation, the Woodland Indian Hamlet, the Maryland Dove (a square-rigged ship), or the reconstructed Town Center. Enthusiasm, team-mentality, and desire to learn and develop 17th-century skills are must. Candidates must also have excellent communication skills and be able to work with small and large groups.

Positions open until filled.

 

Submit a state application or resume and three references to the Interpretive Programs Manager:

 

AaronM@digshistory.org
-or-
Historic St. Mary’s City
Attn:Aaron Meisinger
P.O. 39
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
240-895-4980

 


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