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Listing No. 79283 posted on 23 Feb (Expires on 25 Mar)

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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.  HSMC is dedicated to studying and interpreting the lives of those who dwelled in the area that is currently known as St. Mary’s City.  This includes the ancestors of contemporary Native American groups, including the Piscataway Indian Nation and Piscataway Conoy Tribe, who recognized the region’s unique environmental advantages and lived here for thousands of years.  It includes the European colonists from all walks of life who made the brave decision to voyage to an unfamiliar land and make a home on the banks of what came to be called the St. Mary’s River.  It also includes the people of African ancestry who were forced from their homes and transported across the Atlantic Ocean to labor in perpetual bondage. The interactions of these groups of people gave rise to the complex legacies of opportunity and oppression whose effects are still being felt today.


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.  HSMC’s annual Field School in Historical Archaeology, the longest running historical archaeological 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 Curator of Collections will be responsible for HSMC’s collections with a focus on the museum’s six million archaeological artifacts. In collaboration with colleagues at HSMC, the Curator of Collections will assume a vital role in institutional initiatives, research projects, and exhibitions.

Essential Functions:

The Curator of Collections is responsible for a broad range of activities including processing and documentation of new archaeological materials, management of museum collections, research and exhibit planning, and community outreach.  

Education and Professional Experience:

•        MA in archaeology, anthropology, history, or equivalent degree (PhD preferred)


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.

For a complete job posting and to apply:

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

Porzia Purves:

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

  • Listing No.
  • 79283
  • Company Name
  • Historic St. Mary's City
Employment Sector State Government
Job Field Museum
Type of Position Full-Time Permanent
Education Required Masters
Years of Experience Required 5
Start Date Tuesday, July 6, 2021
  • County
  • St. Mary's County
  • City
  • St. Mary's City
Advertiser: HSMC1634
Member Since: May 8, 2015
  St. Marys City, Maryland
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