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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.

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.

DutiES

  • Contribute 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:

pbrown@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.

Curator of Interpretation & Museum Programming

The Curator of Interpretation & Museum Programming 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 hire, train, and evaluate all frontline Visitor Services staff.

Duties

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Serve as direct supervisor to all Visitor Services frontline staff / historical interpreters.
  • Develop and conduct a rigorous training program in historical interpretation, to be completed by all new Visitor Services employees; 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 Philanthropy in fundraising efforts associated with interpretive and educational programming.
  • Work with Preservation Department staff to effectively incorporate historic structures, collections, and archaeology into programmatic offerings.
  • Assist in the preliminary development of a volunteer program at Drayton Hall.
  • Monitor budget expenditures as they relate to frontline staff and museum programming.
  • Present guided house tours of Drayton Hall and all other museum programs to diverse audiences on a daily basis.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 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.