Drayton Hall will be closed on April 27 and 28 in preparation to open the Sally Reahard Visitor Center on April 29.

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 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 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.

Duties

    • 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:

kludwig@draytonhall.org

No phone calls, please.

Communication and Marketing Manager

The Communications and Marketing Manager works with the Director of Advancement and the President and CEO to strategically strengthen the effectiveness of the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust’s brand and to create and implement communication strategies that engage supporters and potential donors with the goal of increasing overall giving.

Duties

  • Provides direction, integration and implementation of marketing and communication initiatives as defined by annual marketing and communication plans and the DHPT strategic plan.
  • Manage marketing and communications including fundraising initiatives and donor stewardship, content development and management, public relations, publications, advertising, social media, brand management, digital/online communications, marketing automation and print services.
  • Cultivate media and community relationships through regular contact with targeted constituencies. Manage the creative development and placement of general advertising.   Participate in the development, implementation and management of all Drayton Hall social media accounts.
  • With the Director of Advancement, develop marketing and communication strategies for online and other web-based programs/platforms; ensuring brand messaging is consistent and effectively tailored for relevant audiences.
  • Work with the departments of Drayton Hall to create effective marketing, communication and interpretive material.
  • Write new stories and press releases for the media and general public.
  • Assist with the development of Drayton Hall publications and grant applications. Assist staff members with researching, editing and developing written content.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Experience with communication and brand management, advertising, digital/social media marketing, website development, graphic design management, marketing collateral management, production oversight, media relations and public relations.
  • Understanding of an integrated approach to branding, marketing and communication.
  • Ability to use independent judgement and to gather, manage and impart information to the media and external audiences.
  • Experience communicating with the press and other media.
  • Strong knowledge of local and regional media contacts and/or proven ability to develop such relationships quickly.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Project management working with external/internal cross functional teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication capabilities. Script writing, directing and production experience.
  • Ability to use electronic media in communication efforts.
  • Graphic design experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism communication or related field.
  • Minimum of three years professional experience in marketing, communications or public relations.

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

mray@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.