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Patterson Educator

03 Nov 2023 2:07 PM | Debra Rantanen


The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning, is seeking to hire a full time Patterson Educator for the Patterson Center at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM). Located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland, JPPM is home to over 65 archaeological sites, more than 30 historic buildings and structures, and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. JPPM supports the preservation of Maryland's cultural and natural resources and connects people to the past through the preservation and interpretation of our onsite historical and archaeological resources.

Position Description

The Patterson Educator conducts and develops educational and public programming for the Patterson Center helping to improve public accessibility to, and understanding of, the Patterson family, Point Farm, and how that integrates into the rest of JPPM’s history and programs. This position is responsible for developing, researching, implementing, scheduling, and coordinating educational and public programming associated with the Patterson Center. This position also leads volunteers associated with the Patterson Center. By developing and implementing these programs for school tours and the general public within the interpretive framework of JPPM, this position supports the Maryland Historical Trust’s mission to preserve and interpret the legacy of Maryland’s past.

Position Duties

-Develops and implements educational and public programming associated with the Patterson Center and JPPM.

-Develops content for permanent and temporary exhibits and interpretive material for the Patterson Center and JPPM.

-Oversees Patterson Center volunteer and docent program and groups. Trains volunteers, assesses their interactions with the public and content knowledge, and schedules volunteers. Works with the Director of Education and Public Programming and Outreach Coordinator when making any changes to the program.

-Helps monitor the Patterson Center buildings and surrounding landscape for general upkeep needs, infrastructure problems, and other facilities or public-safety concerns. Reports concerns to the Director of Facilities, JPPM Horticulturist, JPPM Curator, Patterson Administrator, and supervisor.

-Participates in site-wide educational and public programming and events, serves on program-related committees and working groups, helps with off-site outreach, and fulfills other duties as assigned.

-Works with the Director of Education and Public Programming to develop a budget for the Patterson Center’s education and public programs and interpretive and exhibits materials. Also works with supervisor and other staff to identify appropriate grant opportunities.

-Participates in the hiring process for seasonal positions in the education department, visitor services, and other positions associated with the Patterson Center.

-This position requires weekend and evening availability on a regular basis, with some seasonal fluctuation.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Minimum of one year’s experience teaching in grades K-12, museum education or other related experience.  Additional experience as defined above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland. 

2. The applicant must be able to pass an FBI and State criminal background investigation. 

Desired Qualifications

The Preferred Candidate should possess the following:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history, education, museum studies, historic preservation, anthropology/archaeology from an accredited program.

Experience: Minimum of two years experience planning and delivering programming in a historic house, museum or park setting. 

Experience in training and overseeing a volunteer corps.

Experience working as a team to deliver a successful product or program.

Salary Range

$53,627 - $85,9951

To Apply

Submit an online application to the Maryland State Job Website:

Application Deadline

November 22, 2023

Job Location

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

10515 Mackall Road

St. Leonard, MD 20685

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