Drayton Hall will be closed December 24, 25, and 31st and January 1, 2019.

Winter mid-week all-inclusive admission is 25% off Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with code WINTER25. Tickets make a great gift!

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

Guest Services Sales Associate

The Guest Services Sales Associate (GSSA) is the initial point-of-contact for visitors to Drayton Hall and accordingly key to the guest experience. Reporting directly to the Director of Retail and Admissions, the GSSA will serve in various capacities including, but not limited to, museum shop operations, membership sales, ticketing, and front desk communications. The position requires ability to problem solve and respond to unexpected situations quickly, efficiently, and in a positive manner, following Drayton Hall Preservation Trust policies and procedures.

Duties

    • Must be able to articulate the site’s mission to a wide range of audiences and work as a team player to further the mission of Drayton Hall.
    • Exemplify dedication to excellent visitor service by providing accurate information on the visitor experience including: history of the site, program content, tour availability, visitor amenities.
    • Represent Drayton Hall and serve as a primary point of contact with guests. Greet all guests in a friendly, helpful, and courteous manner. Respond with good judgment to a wide variety of situations and people.
    • Be capable of opening and closing the museum shop, front gate and gate house in accordance with the daily procedures established by Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.
    • Serve as museum shop salesperson, welcoming guests, answering questions and selling merchandise and memberships.
    • Must be able to open and close museum shop including reconciling and balancing tender reports and prepare daily closing reports.
    • Maintain the neat and clean visual appearance of the museum shop.
    • Unpack, pack, restock and merchandise museum shop inventory as needed.
    • Learn and maintain product knowledge to facilitate sales.
    • Sell tickets to guests and provide orientation information.
    • Assist with special events as needed.
    • Answer incoming calls, responding to inquiries in an appropriate manner.
    • Be knowledgeable and well trained in site security procedures.
    • Provide assistance in case of emergency on the property or on Ashley River Road by phoning appropriate authorities; screen out potential trespassers.
    • Other duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications

    • 1-3 years’ experience in a professional capacity working with public audiences, preferably in sales, retail or customer service position. Experience working in a historic site or related visitor services setting a plus.
    • Basic problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Ability to understand instructions and deadlines and execute tasks as assigned, with ability to learn and handle routine tasks without close supervision.
    • Excellent attention to detail.
    • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to articulate the site’s mission to a wide range of audiences. Experience working with and helping to engage culturally diverse audiences preferred; bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
    • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
    • Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite required; experience with computerized ticketing and point of sale systems a plus.
    • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent years of experience) required, preferably in fields of history, historic preservation, archaeology, or museum studies.
    • Some lifting/manual labor tasks may be required when working in the Museum Shop.
    • Weekends and some holiday required.

  • Please send a resume & cover letter to:

    kludwig@draytonhall.org

    No phone calls, please.

Curator of Education and Museum Programs

The Curator of Education & Museum Programs will be responsible for developing interpretive and educational programming at Drayton Hall (including public house tours, special events, K-12 education programs, and written interpretive materials/signage). The candidate will also recruit, hire, train, and evaluate all interpretive and educational staff.

Duties

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Serve as direct supervisor to all interpretive and educational staff.
  • Develop and conduct a rigorous training program in historical interpretation, to be completed by all new all interpretive and educational staff; establish evaluation protocol for existing interpretive staff to ensure continued effectiveness in historical interpretation content and delivery.
  • Monitor and evaluate existing museum program offerings, and ensure they meet a high standard of excellence in both presentation and historical content.
  • Work with the curatorial and education staff to develop dynamic and relevant interpretive programming opportunities and written interpretive materials (brochures, youth activities, etc.) at Drayton Hall.
  • Work with Director of Advancement in fundraising efforts associated with interpretive and educational programming.
    •Work with curators of historic architecture, archaeology, collections and landscape to effectively incorporate historic structures, collections, landscapes and archaeology into programmatic offerings.
  • Assist in the preliminary development of a volunteer program at Drayton Hall.
  • Monitor budget expenditures as they relate to all interpretive and educational staff and museum programs.
  • Present guided house tours of Drayton Hall and all other museum programs to diverse audiences on a regular basis and as needed.
  • Provide back-up coverage for front gate, museum shop, house tour schedule, and site management as needed.
  • Be a team player and be able to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.

Qualifications

  • M.A. required – studies in history, public history, museum studies, museum education, or similar fields strongly preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of history and its connections to other disciplines.
  • Three years of relevant experience required with at least one year in a supervisory role.
  • Experience in historic site work and/or museum education strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • Experience in conducting training in historical interpretation strongly preferred.
  • Genuine belief in the mission of Drayton Hall.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

pbrown@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.