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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, administrative offices, the Lenhardt Ornamental Garden, Archaeology Lab and at special events throughout the year.

Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. Positions vary and shifts are flexible. The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust requires all new volunteers to submit a Volunteer Application so we can learn more about you and your interests and experience. If selected, applicants are required to interview with the Volunteer Coordinator and attend a Volunteer Orientation session.

To obtain an application or get more information on volunteer opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Demkowski volunteer@draytonhall.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Programs and Special Events

Volunteers will help with set-up, take down, check-in, and general execution of the many programs and events held by Drayton Hall Preservation Trust each year. Volunteers serve as ambassadors welcoming attendees, providing way-finding directions, answering general questions, and proactively looking for ways to improve the guest experience. Volunteers in this position must enjoy working with people and sharing their enthusiasm for Drayton Hall. Events may take place on site or downtown on weekends, weekdays or evenings. They include the fall and spring City Speaks Series, the annual Spirituals Concerts held in December, and several programs and events held throughout the year for adults, children and families.

Lenhardt Ornamental Garden

Volunteers are needed in the Lenhardt Garden and Courtyard to assist with basic horticulture including, but not limited to, weeding, raking, mulching, pruning, planting, and watering.  As a Garden volunteer, you will be working outdoors and physically exposed to sun, variable temperatures, insects and other wildlife, and a great variety of plant material.  In addition, it will be occasionally necessary to lift more than 20 Lbs., stand, bend, and walk.  Prior gardening/horticultural experience is preferred.  Finally, it is our intent to make this experience fun, where some much-appreciated work is accomplished in an atmosphere of learning, social interaction, and occasional surprises.

Administrative Support

Volunteers are needed to assist with administrative tasks including answering the phone, responding to emails from guests, mailings, filing, and other general front office functions. Basic computer skills are preferred, but we can find appropriate projects for every skill set. These functions are typically performed in our administrative offices M-F, 9-5.

On days that Drayton Hall holds special events the Development Team needs assistance with registering last-minute guests and finalizing the guest list. This volunteer opportunity requires navigating our website, thus the volunteer must be computer literate.

Preservation Wednesdays

Preservation Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month. This is a hands-on experience working in tandem with the Preservation Department to wash, inspect and catalog thousands of artifacts. 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.