Drayton Hall will be closed Thursday, October 11 in anticipation of wide-spread flooding in our area.

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

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.


  • 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.


  • 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:


No phone calls, please.

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 Museum Affairs

The Director of Museum Affairs serves as the chief curator for Drayton Hall Preservation Trust (DHPT) and provides leadership, guidance and direction for all curatorial initiatives, activities, and museum programs including those on digital platforms. As an advocate for the power of objects, buildings, and landscapes as interpretive tools, the Director will expand museum programming, build the collection through new acquisitions, and ensure that accurate research and authentic history is the foundation of all curatorial work.  Working closely with curatorial staff, the Director will guide future museum installations and actively encourage the development of new museum programming to help people make meaningful and personal connections to Drayton Hall and our shared American past.


  • Collaborates with the President and Chief Executive Officer to conceive and shape distinctive museum programs that will connect visitors, supporters and the public with Drayton Hall’s curatorial staff, their work, and the international significance of the estate.
  • Provide leadership, vision and guidance in the Museum Affairs Department by supervising, managing, and mentoring curatorial staff.
  • Play a lead role in the development and implementation of a strategic plan with an emphasis on museum programs, curatorial initiatives and associated research.
  • Develop and manage internal and external relationship to build strong bonds between curatorial staff, organizational partners, DHPT staff, and Board of Trustees members.
  • Develop community partnerships that foster museum engagement particularly through collections.
  • Provide leadership to estate operations, ensuring clear communication with stakeholders and DHPT staff.
  • Collaborate with the Advancement Department to identify funding opportunities, complete grant applications, and finalize reports.
  • Play a lead role in donor stewardship and fundraising initiatives.
  • Work with curatorial staff to develop new print and electronic publications based on current research and exhibitions.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • The ideal candidate will be a senior museum professional with a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience with working knowledge in some or all of the following areas: material culture studies, archaeology, collections-based research and stewardship, historic preservation, museum programming, public history, interpretive planning, and historic gardens and grounds.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership roles and experience forming successful collaborations with community groups.
  • General knowledge of American and European material culture.
  • Knowledge of professional museum practices as well as current and emerging trends of museums.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities and handle numerous time-sensitive projects.
  • Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgement and decision making skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite. Collections management systems experience is a plus.
  • Graduate level degree(s) in history, museum studies, anthropology, historic preservation or related fields preferred.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:


No phone calls, please.