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

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal employment opportunity employer. The Organization’s employment decisions and practices are not and will not be unlawfully influenced or affected by race, color, creed, age, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information, veteran status, uniformed services, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, or on any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We offer a comprehensive benefits packets which includes health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible spending and healthcare reimbursement accounts, retirement plan as well as paid time off (vacation, sick leave and holidays).

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

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.


    • 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:

    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.


    • Continue 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:

    No phone calls, please. Application deadline is July 19, 2019.

Event Coordinator

The Event Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all aspects related to events at Drayton Hall, both internal and external, while representing and protecting the house and property.   All efforts are in support of the preservation of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.


      • Oversee all aspects of each special event held on-site and off-site from the booking of the event to the departure of the last vendor.  Act as the main liaison with clients, vendors, staff, and volunteers on-site.
      • Monitor all processes to safeguard the site while providing quality assurance and excellent customer service.
      • Handle all setup and breakdown for Drayton Hall sponsored events.
      • Develop familiarity with Drayton Hall’s history, services, and events in order to become an information resource to our guests.
      • Adhere and enforce all Drayton Hall policies and procedures.
      • Stay abreast of industry trends and make recommendations of changes that would affect operations.
      • Prioritize functions and shift priorities quickly including securing vendors for various events, securing labor for event setup/teardown, creating event timelines, creating production schedules and running errands as needed.
      • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with staff and departments.
      • Present a positive company image through all phases of public and/or customer interaction.
      • Secure special property use business for Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.
      • Maintain accurate sales productivity forecast, manage budgeted expenses and recap information.
      • Proficiency in executing a sales plan to meet or exceed revenue goals.
      • Other duties as assigned.


    • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree with a hospitality focus preferred.
    • A minimum of two years of hospitality or event planning experience.
    • Strong grasp of the hospitality industry.
    • Professional image and dress required.
    • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to work independently and work as a member of a team.
    • Advanced skills using Microsoft Office software.
    • Excellent organizational skills, communication skills and attention to detail.
    • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including late nights and weekends and holidays.
    • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
    • Genuine belief in the mission of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

  • Please send a resume & cover letter to:

    No phone calls, please. Application deadline is September 13, 2019.