Get Involved

Our mission of research, preservation and interpretation is made possible by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who educate and inspire our visitors.

Drayton Hall is always looking to grow our dedicated team of volunteers in several areas—including our Visitor Center, our front reception desk and at special events throughout the year.

Volunteers get an occasional behind-the-scenes peek at the larger archaeological collections and come behind the ropes during archaeological excavations for a closer look.

Preservation Wednesday is one hands-on experience open to Friends of Drayton Hall. Volunteers work in tandem with the Preservation Department to wash, inspect and catalog thousands of artifacts.

To get more information on volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer@draytonhall.org.

Job Opportunities

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager is responsible for leading the communications and public relations efforts of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust (DHPT), the nonprofit organization tasked with the stewardship of Drayton Hall. The Communications Manager will work closely with organizational leadership and staff to create and disseminate DHPT messages to local, regional and national audiences. Leveraging print and electronic campaigns, media outreach, social media management and event planning and production, the Communications Manager will drive site visitation, donorship, general awareness of Drayton Hall and other measurable outcomes.

Duties

  • Draft copy for multiple DHPT recurring publications and campaigns.
  • Manage DHPT social media platforms including but not limited to Instagram and Facebook.
  • Maintain local, regional and national media contact list, regularly and proactively pitch stories and interviews.
  • Draft blog posts, make necessary edits to website, regularly track and report on website performance (technical training provided).
  • Manage various third party vendors for graphic design, print coordination, technical support, etc.
  • Co-manage database software to ensure seamless contact coordination between Communications and Development (technical training provided).
  • Support DHPT events including creating copy for invitations and programs, working with vendors for design of materials, and securing a photographer for the event.
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and work as a member of a team.
  • Proficiency in social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Familiarity with WordPress a plus.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

publicrelations@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.

Landscape Technician

The Landscape Technician (LT) will assist in the maintenance and preservation of Drayton Hall’s historic landscape.  The LT will work with other Preservation staff contributing to the achievement, support and compliance of the established and future landscape objectives as outlined in Drayton Hall’s Landscape Master Plan or as new projects and plans are initiated.

Duties

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its Mission.
  • Maintain and present the landscape according to the highest professional horticultural standards. Primary responsibilities include turf maintenance including: trimming, mowing, pest control, fertilizing; garden duties including proper planting techniques, watering, fertilizing and mulching; removal of invasive plant material and dead plant material; general knowledge of aquatics.
  • Operation, inventory and maintenance of assigned landscape tools, equipment and machinery.
  • Perform duties to the highest standards of landscape maintenance for maximum presentation of historic gardens, trees, parking lots, woodland walks and the cemetery.
  • Work with and monitor volunteers in assigned duties within selected landscape and garden areas.
  • Ensure that all property signs and garden interpretation are well maintained and unobstructed.
  • Assist in emergency storm preparations and recovery, as required.
  • Develop knowledge of the site and its history by attending enhancement programs and reviewing the site landscape plans and horticulture documents.
  • Attend all meetings as required and help ensure effective communications.
  • Become knowledgeable in site security procedures.
  • Assist with special events and programming as needed, including arriving early and staying late to open/close the site, some evenings, weekends or holidays might be required.
  • Work as a cooperative member of a team, and be willing to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Technical Certification or Associates Degree or higher in horticulture/landscape maintenance or in a closely related field, with 1 year applied work experience; or High School Diploma plus 5 years work experience in landscape/horticulture maintenance.
  •  Demonstrated ability to operate and maintain landscape equipment including tractors, commercial mowers and other power equipment.
  • Safe and current driving record.
  • Ensure all work is performed in a safe manner; also demonstrate an understanding of instructions and deadlines, yet take initiative and work independently.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

ebecker@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.

Director of Philanthropy

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for strengthening Drayton Hall through an active, comprehensive, and integrated fundraising program. Reporting to Drayton Hall’s President and CEO, the Director of Philanthropy will strategize, implement and direct fundraising activities, which include major gifts, annual, giving, planned giving and grant programs. A priority will be managing and completing an active capital campaign for new facilities. All efforts are in support of the strategic plans of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

DutiES

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Be a team leader and tactfully lead, follow and/or support colleagues.
  • Lead the implementation of an integrated development strategy, inclusive of annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and grants, in consultation with President and CEO.
  • Meet or exceed Drayton Hall development goals while adhering to DHPT best practices and policies.
  • Play a lead role in the strategic implementation of a capital campaign for Drayton Hall’s new facilities and associated programs.
  • Work with Development Associate to identify, cultivate, and solicit annual, major, and planned gifts from individuals.
  • Coordinate and oversee the development and management of grants from private and public sources.
  • Serve as liaison with Drayton Hall Preservation Trust Board of Trustees, Development Committee, and major donors.
  • Directly oversee Annual Giving Coordinator, whose primary focus is the management and maintenance of the Friends of Drayton Hall program, encouraging the transition of modest supporters into major donors.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of major fundraising events.
  • Write donor-related briefing materials, proposals, stewardship reports and correspondence for the President and CEO, members of the Board of Trustees, and others as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of proven performance in fundraising success in professional capacity with non-profit organizations required.
  • Proven oral, written, and organizational skills are critical, as are supervisory skills and ability to lead and be a team player.
  • Experience with capital campaigns is desirable, as is a genuine interest in museums, historic preservation, and education.
  • Advanced skills using Microsoft Office software, with proficiency in the use of Fundraising/Donor Management software.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and work as a member of a team.
  • Genuine belief in the mission of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

pbrown@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.

Retail Manager

The Retail Manager will oversee daily retail operations with the understanding that the Museum Shop, online shop operations, Front Gate ticketing, and Drayton Hall staff is an extension of our visitor experience. Additional responsibilities will include assisting with the operation of all public facilities to create a welcoming, comfortable and engaging environment.

DutiEs

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission and upholding its position as a world- class historic site.
  • Contribute to the DHPT team by displaying a willingness to lead, follow, and support others when needed.
  • Prepare, monitor and continuously analyze the annual budget for retail operations and admissions with focus on Museum Shop sales, merchandise and overall site visitation trends; consistently maximize net profit while minimizing inventory levels to meet or exceed sales goals and objectives.
  • Develop and implement merchandising plan for the Museum Shop and its online store; ensure appropriate merchandise stock levels through proper procurement, presentation, signage, and assortment guidelines.
  • Manage controllable expenses for all areas of responsibility – Museum Shop shrink, payroll (through proper scheduling) and other misc. expenses.
  • Manage annual physical inventory process in accordance with DHPT policies and procedures, reconcile and provide reports citing and explaining variances between physical inventory and general ledger balances.
  • Maintain POS system and accuracy with all financial records (i.e. inventory orders, invoices, receipts and vendor lists); prepare daily & monthly reconciliation reports including general ledger reconciliation.
  • Ensure compliance with all DHPT policies and procedures through active Museum Shop management, walk-throughs, and audits.
  • Review admission trends and recommend changes for maximizing DHPT visitation goals and objectives.
  • Create an admission pricing strategy that aligns with daily offerings and benefits of annual giving program; consistently evaluate and update as needed.
  • Create and produce educational and promotional display materials such as printed signage, brochures, tags, provenance cards, and interactive tools for the Museum Shop.
  • Solve problems and respond to unexpected situations quickly, efficiently and in a positive manner
  • Collaborate with Communications Manager and Public Relations Consultants to target audiences based on visitation trends and organizational vision; assist with development of marketing collateral such as brochures, flyers, etc. as needed.
  • Schedule and supervise direct reports to ensure daily activities and site conditions provide a seamless visitor experience (weekend and holiday work may be required); ensure adequate coverage during staff breaks and absences; Partner with HR in the selection, interviewing, and hiring of employees.
  • Serve on Drayton Hall’s disaster preparedness and recovery team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. required.
  • Three years of retail experience required with at least one year in a supervisory role.
  • Experience in historic site work and/or museum education strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft office suite with in Excel and Word.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as necessary.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and work as a member of a team.
  • Genuine belief in the mission of Drayton Hall.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

pbrown@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.