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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 info@draytonhall.org.

Job Opportunities

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.

Guest Services and Volunteer Coordinator

Reporting to the Director of Retail and Admissions, the Guest Services and Volunteer Coordinator serves as a primary point-of-contact for all guest services operations on a daily basis. Guest Services and Volunteer Coordinator will be charged with supervising basic site operations at Drayton Hall, including ticketing, museum shop, guest orientation, and the day-to-day interpretive schedule in addition to organizing site volunteer needs and serving as the communication lead for all site volunteers. The candidate will be the point-of-contact in case of emergencies and will aim to ensure a consistently positive guest experience for all visitors to Drayton Hall.  This position requires regular weekend and holiday work.

Duties

    • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
    • Serve as a point-of-contact for guests in their experience at the site, providing clear and accurate information in a pleasant, effective, and positive way.
    • Manage basic daily site operations related to the guest experience, including opening/closing the orientation hall, museum shop, main house, privy, Caretaker’s House, gatehouse, and office buildings.
    • Be available at all times to respond to the needs and concerns of frontline interpretive/guest services staff.
    • Respond promptly to all emergencies on site and handle follow up incident reporting.
    • Present guided house tours and Connections programs to diverse audience of all ages as needed.
    • Provide coverage for Drayton Hall museum shop as needed.
    • Actively facilitate open lines of communication amongst different areas of the site (including orientation hall, museum shop, historic structures, visitor center, office buildings), to ensure efficient and orderly day-to-day operations.
    • Assist with special events and programming as needed, including arriving early and staying late to open/close the site.
    • Manage various scheduling responsibilities related to museum programming (such as the daily interpretive schedule, group tours, K-12 education programs, etc.).
    • Be knowledgeable in site security procedures.
    • Serve as volunteer lead to recruit, train, and manage volunteers for site-wide needs.
    • Create monthly volunteer schedule
    • Be a team player and be able to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • B.A. or B.S. required; studies in history, public history, museum studies, museum education, historic preservation, anthropology or similar field preferred.
    • Three years of relevant experience required.
    • 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.
    • Good interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
    • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
    • Must be dependable, trustworthy, and a problem-solver; ability to respond to stressful situations calmly, tactfully, and with good judgement.
    • Basic math and cash handling skills required.
    • Genuine belief in the mission of Drayton Hall.

    Please send a resume & cover letter to:

    kludwig@draytonhall.org

    No phone calls, please.

Historical Interpreters

Drayton Hall annually seeks creative and enthusiastic individuals to serve as part-time historical interpreters, presenting dynamic presentations that cover three centuries of history to diverse audiences.

Duties

  • Serve as point-of-contact for visitors by providing clear and accurate information in a pleasant, effective and positive manner.
  • Conduct educational and special interpretive programs for adult and student groups of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Conduct house tours that discuss Drayton Hall and its broader significance, interpretive talks, and assist with education programs during education season.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in the following areas of studies: history, public history, museum studies, museum education, architecture, historic preservation and anthropology.
  • Some weekends, evening and holiday work required! Hours vary by season.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

mailto:jrizzo@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.

Advancement Coordinator

The Advancement Coordinator is a full-time position that organizes and ensures the smooth functioning of the day-to-day fundraising and advancement operations of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust. The Advancement Coordinator will report to the Advancement Manager and work closely with the Director of Advancement and the Communication and Marketing Manager.

Duties

  • Enter into the database and process all gifts to Drayton Hall Preservation Trust and process all related materials including membership collateral, acknowledgement and renewal letters.
  • Work closely with the Finance Department to reconcile all donor financial activity on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of donor activity in the database including gifts, event participation and communications.
  • Have a strong working knowledge of database and keep current with technology advancements.
  • Work with the Director of Advancement and the Advancement Manager on the execution of annual giving and major gifts programs.
  • Assist with creating and carrying out an annual calendar of activities and mailings (holiday cards, event invitations, annual fund appeals, etc.).
  • Provide staff support to Board Development Committee; prepare regular fundraising reports.
  • Assist with donor research and donor stewardship program.
  • Prepare enrollment packages and donor cultivation materials (including replenishing donor materials onsite (the shop and basement of the house).
  • Assist with preparing grant applications, proposal letters, reports and other written materials.
  • Assist in the development, writing and editing of publications such as program guides, annual report, and event-related publications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • One to three years of development/fundraising or related experience
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in donor management software.
  • Must possess a customer-service orientation and be able to apply high customer service standards with both internal and external contacts.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Must enjoy working with the public and have willingness to deal with print and electronic media.
  • Ability to handle confidential information and pro-actively address issues.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a dynamic team.
  • Ability to produce under tight deadlines with multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work weekends or evening hours as needed.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

mray@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.

Advancement Manager

The Advancement Manager’s primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of comprehensive annual giving strategies, including the coordination and oversight of supporting initiatives in the areas of data management and donor relations.

Duties

  • Develop a coordinated matrix of communication, engagement and solicitation strategies involving email, direct mail, phone/mail, special events, personal visitation and volunteer engagement, all focused on shaping a sustainable tradition of annual support through annual giving and/or membership programs.
  • Foster the growth of best practices in the supporting areas of gift processing, data management, donor research, and donor relations as related to annual giving. Must have a keen appreciation for the foundation of annual giving as the enabling component of successful major and planned gift programs. 
  • Execute long-range/short-range strategies for all these areas in the context of growing the annual giving program while supporting the greater advancement and future campaign goals.
  • Responsible for demonstrating success for annual giving programs through total dollars raised, donor retention, consistency of giving, average gift size and internally in terms of clean data, ease of access to data and timely donor stewardship.
  • Manage grants from private and public sources including preparation of applications, proposal letters, reports and other written materials.
  • Supervise the Advancement Coordinator and work closely with the Communications and Marketing Manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.

key initiatives

  • Build and implement tactical plans for achieving strategic goals for annual giving and/or memberships. These will be comprehensive plans that utilize the resources available in the database provider and include donor relations strategies.
  • Focus on effective communication and solicitation activities within specific market segments identified as having potential for the greatest growth.
  • Oversee all annual giving, development services and donor relations programs including potential membership program, data entry, report writing and generation, gift processing, donor stewardship, and all additional aspects of Drayton Hall’s constituent relations software.
  • Formulate and execute a communications program supporting annual giving.
  • Work effectively with the Director of Advancement and President and CEO to gain strong participation in annual giving build strategies for moving donors to higher giving levels.
  • Manage a prospect pool with annual goals for personal visits and giving outcomes.
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to create, develop and execute a highly effective and sustainable volunteer component within annual giving.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Demonstrated organizational and communication skills as well as ability to work with institutional staff and volunteers. Excellent skill and understanding of computer and constituent software required.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment. Willingness and ability to travel and to work nights and weekends, as required. Five years of fund raising experience required.
  • Ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals; support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information while providing the best quality product available and continuously upgrading standards to maintain quality, in all areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to provide direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement.
  • Understanding of database management, gift processing and donor relations.
  • Openness to new ideas and their implementation. Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
  • Ability to listen carefully to and understand customers’ needs, both internally and externally, and proactively respond to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated analytical and fund raising skills with the ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

mray@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.