Employment Opportunities



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. 







The Research and Collections Department of Historic St. Mary’s City seeks to hire an archaeologist to assist in an archaeological mitigation project. This individual will work under the supervision of the Senior Archaeologist and other staff in the department.


The position requires that the candidate has completed an archaeological field school or equivalent experience and coursework. Experience with colonial period sites is essential, and the ability to identify and process artifacts is required. Any combination of acceptable education and experience, which has provided the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the requirements of this position, may be considered.


This is a temporary full-time contingent position with no benefits provided and is dependent on Maryland State capital projects funding.


To apply and inquiries:
Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and three references to: Ruth Mitchell at


Or mail to:
Ruth Mitchell
Historic St. Mary’s City
PO Box 39
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686


Review of résumés will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Historic St. Mary’s City is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.







Job Summary:  Under the direction of the Interpretive Programs Manager, the Waterfront Interpretive Site Supervisor interprets and educates the public and other professionals on 17th-century Maryland maritime history, colonial/Indian trade, and water resources.  Primary functions include re-creating 17th-century maritime activities on the Maryland Dove in an accurate, dynamic, creative, and scholarly manner.  The Waterfront Interpretive Site Supervisor is responsible for developing, researching, and implementing interpretive programs for the site, supervision of permanent, contractual, and volunteer staff, and assisting the Maritime Curator and his staff with the general maintenance of the facility.


Essential Functions:



  • Through third-person techniques, interpret in period costume 17th-century maritime life for the public and other professionals via tours, outreach programs, lectures, living history presentations, and special events. Occasional first-person interpretation may be required, for specific programs.
  • Working as part of team to ensure that school tours are done in a fun, educational and safe manner at the Waterfront
  • Research, organize, and conduct demonstrations of site-appropriate 17th-century maritime skills including woodworking, sail mending, and rope work, for use in daily interpretive programming, special events, and education programs.
  • Train interpretive staff, education staff, and volunteers in operational procedures, interpretive duties, accurate costuming, and basic historical information relating to the site, or as assigned.
  • Participate in developing training and site operational manual for staff and volunteers. Conduct annual review and update of manual.
  • Assist in researching, developing, implementing, and evaluating interpretive programs and exhibits for the Waterfront.



  • Recommend Waterfront budget for interpretive supplies, materials, furnishings, and reproduction items.
  • Conduct facility and site inspections.
  • Attend staff and planning meetings.
  • Maintain administrative duties, including developing staff performance plans and appraisals, and submitting all necessary paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Manage Waterfront interpretive staff and make recommendations on training needs. Keep staff informed of all current museum-related events, projects, policies, procedures, and research materials.
  • Maintain organized, site-appropriate reading and research files approved by the Research Department for use by interpretive staff. Provide historical expertise relating to site and all related activities, training programs, and evaluations.



  • Coordinate with the Head of Maritime Programs/Ship’s Master and the Ship’s Carpenter to develop and implement an interpretive maintenance program for the necessary upkeep of the maritime and waterfront exhibits in accordance with established priorities, museum policies, historical standards, available funding, and predetermined timetables.
  • Occasionally assist the Head of Maritime Programs/Ship’s Master with supervision of volunteers conducting maintenance or interpretive maintenance.


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participate in media activities such as film shoots, radio spots, and interviews with journalists.
  • Represent museum at assigned workshops, professional organizations, and committees.
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator and Head of Maritime Programs/Ship’s Master to effectively train and integrate volunteers into waterfront interpretation and watercraft maintenance.
  • Take part in sail training program and educational/good-will sail trips on a regular basis.
  • Responsible for staff and public safety.
  • Direct emergency response action according to museum policy.
  • Assist with and participate in the development of outreach programs and other programs as assigned. Outreach programs require travel and occasional overnights.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The incumbent should possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Managerial, supervisory, organizational, and administrative skills.
  • Knowledge of 17th-century maritime history.
  • Knowledge of 17th -century Maryland history.
  • Ability to portray 17th-century characters in first and third-person.
  • Ability to conduct scholarly and historical research, design interpretive or educational programs, prepare and present oral and written reports, lectures and narratives, and disseminate knowledge of history to the public.
  • Ability to work as part of team.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use: woodworking tools, both 17th -century and modern (power and hand), skills in canvas work, splicing, knotting and other rope work, painting, varnishing, black powder gunnery, and open-hearth cooking.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures when using black powder weapons.
  • Ability to perform interpretive duties in 17th-century costume in a wide variety of weather conditions, lift up to 50 pounds, climb heights up to and possibly exceeding 70 feet, perform craft demonstrations and minor repair work, and walk, bend, and/or stand for extensive periods of time.
  • Certified in Community CPR and Basic First Aid.
  • Knowledge of sailing vessels (preferably 17th-century ships) and ability to sail and swim.
  • Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule including holidays and weekends.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


Education and Experience:

  • College degree in history, museum history, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum three years as costumed interpreter in a living history museum.
  • Knowledge of maritime history and skills required, 17th -century maritime history preferred.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and managerial abilities.


Salaried position ($30,000 – $35,000 yearly) with excellent benefits package.


Position Closes 5:00 p.m. 2/13/19


Submit résumé, three professional references with daytime phone number,

and letter of interest to:


Historic St. Mary’s City

Attn: Education Director

P.O. Box 39

St. Mary’s City, MD 20686


or to











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 $12/hr and include paid training and are open until filled.


Submit cover letter, resume or state application to the Public Programs Manager:
Historic St. Mary’s City
Attn: Donna Bird
P.O. Box 39
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686






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 $12.00/hour) from the beginning of March through November 2019, 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:
Historic St. Mary’s City
Attn:Aaron Meisinger
P.O. 39
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686



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