Job Announcement: Landscape Technician

view-from-portico-dh-landscape-1020x377Reporting to the Manager of Landscapes, Horticulture and Facilities. 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 perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may have exposure to moderate noise, crowds at functions or events, and at times variances in weather.
  • The employee must be able to lift items over 80 pounds and perform manual labor as required. The employee must be able to work outdoors. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

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.

Position Details

  • Department: Preservation
  • Reports To: Manager of Landscapes, Horticulture and Facilities
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Employment Status: Full-Time

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
ATTN: Eric Becker
3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
Or electronically to ebecker@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Image courtesy of Drayton Hall

Job Announcement: Visitor Services Coordinator

Drayton Hall - Photo by Robbin Knight

Reporting to the Director of Visitor Services, the Visitor Services Coordinator (VSC) serves as a primary point-of-contact for all visitor services on a daily basis. The VSC will be charged with supervising basic site operations at Drayton Hall, including the front ticket gate, museum shop, and the day-to-day interpretive schedule during his/her work week. 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Serve as a point-of-contact for visitors 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 visitor experience, including opening/closing museum shop, front ticket gate, office buildings, and historic structures; respond to the needs and concerns of front-line interpretive/visitor services staff.
  • Present guided house tours of Drayton Hall and Connections: From Africa to America programs to diverse audiences of all ages as needed.
  • Conduct educational and special interpretive programs for adult and student groups of all ages. Assist with program preparation and clean-up.
  • Provide coverage for Drayton Hall admissions and museum shop as needed.
  • Actively facilitate open lines of communication amongst different areas of the site (including museum shop, front gate, historic structures, multiple office buildings, etc.) to ensure efficient and orderly day-to-day operations.
  • Become knowledgeable in site security procedures.
  • Participate actively in interpreter training or enhancement programs in order to expand knowledge of the property and/or interpretive skills.
  • Assist with special events and programming as needed, including arriving early and staying late to open/close the site.
  • Work as a cooperative member of a team, and be willing to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.

Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience, Skills):

  • Bachelor’s degree; studies in history, public history, museum studies, museum education, architecture, historic preservation, anthropology, or similar fields preferred.
  • At least three years of relevant experience required; experience in historic site work strongly preferred.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills, and be able to synthesize information into clear, effective presentations.
  • Must be dependable, trustworthy, and a problem-solver, with the ability to respond to stressful situations calmly, tactfully, and with good judgment.
  • Basic math and cash handling skills required; experience with point-of-sale retail systems, cash registers, and ticketing systems a plus.
  • Ability to work outdoors; some lifting and manual labor required.
  • Some weekend, evening, and holiday work required!

Position Details:

  • Department: Visitor Services
  • Reports To: Director of Visitor Services
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Employment Status: Full-Time

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Drayton Hall
ATTN: Allison Jordan
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
or electronically at ajordan@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Photograph by Robbin Knight.

McDaniel leaves admirable legacy at Drayton Hall

by Steve Gates, chair of the Board of Trustees for Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

First published on the op-ed page of the Post & Courier on July 9, 2015

At Drayton Hall, the sweep of history is measured in generations. We work every day to preserve an important historic house, the focal point of the property, built more than 250 years ago.

Dr. George W. McDaniel

Dr. George W. McDaniel

Drayton Hall has experienced prosperous times and lean times, but few people have had a greater impact than George W. McDaniel, Ph.D., executive director for the last 26 years.

George retired from his post on June 30, leaving a legacy of visionary preservation, education and community building.

We thank George for his distinguished service. Because of his leadership, the future of this irreplaceable historic site has never been brighter.

Incredibly, George’s first day as executive director was the Monday after Hurricane Hugo. Driving in from Summerville along Ashley River Road, George passed downed trees and devastated houses, unsure if Drayton Hall still existed as a physical structure.

The house was intact, but the grounds were severely damaged — the first of myriad challenges that George faced and overcame. Over the course of the next quarter century, George would become the driving force behind one of the most remarkable historic sites in America.

George’s outreach to both Drayton and African American family descendants and his conservation efforts in the Ashley River region now serve as models for other historic sites across the nation

He enhanced Drayton Hall’s financial sustainability and stewardship of the archival, archaeological and museum collections. Since its acquisition from the Drayton family in 1974, Drayton Hall had been owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its stewardship sites.

George, working with board members, was instrumental in engineering a co-stewardship model of governance and administration that created the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, a new 501(c)(3) organization, that is now responsible for the operation, preservation, interpretation and enhancement of Drayton Hall.

Most importantly, George has been a tireless advocate of whole place preservation as he believes the preservation of both natural and cultural resources is essential to maintaining the character of places.

He strengthened Drayton Hall’s connections to the community, created a transformative experience for visitors and led the exemplary preservation of the site and the surrounding landscape of the Ashley River corridor.

In July, George is transitioning to president emeritus, a consultative position to our Board of Trustees. He will take a well-deserved (and long deferred) sabbatical through the rest of this summer.

Vice President and Deputy Director Carter C. Hudgins, Ph.D., will serve as interim executive director until the Board of Trustees makes a permanent appointment.

The Drayton Hall of today is very different from the storm-scarred property George inherited more than 25 years ago.

Thanks to his efforts, Drayton Hall’s place in the story of American history has been magnified and enriched.

So, too, has its responsibility in conveying its history — the history of all of its residents — to visitors from around the world. With that in mind, the Board of Trustees is dedicated to taking Drayton Hall into a new era of thoughtful preservation and interpretation, and planning has begun.

We encourage the Charleston community, friends of historic preservation and students of American history everywhere to join us in thanking George McDaniel for his tireless efforts.

We also ask for your support as we move forward into a new era, ever mindful of our storied and celebrated past.

Click here to read on the Post & Courier’s website.

Reflections: Looking Back and Looking Forward at Drayton Hall with George McDaniel

From The Preservation Leadership Forum Blog

By Elizabeth Byrd Wood, senior content manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Drayton Hall with the Ashley River in the background. The site’s goal is to “people” the landscape by interweaving African American history throughout the site and telling stories of specific individuals like the boatsmen Tim and Toby, who plied the Ashley River and beyond. | Credit: Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

For the last two decades, historic sites around the country have been engaged in a steady, thoughtful  discussion about slavery and race. This conversation isn’t always comfortable or easy, but it happens consistently and it happens with the authenticity and veracity that can only happen in an old place, in a place where history happened and history is preserved, and history is connected to the present. This year the Preservation Leadership Forum blog takes a look at National Trust Historic Sites and how their interpretation of slavery has evolved and changed over the years. In this month’s post we took a moment to catch up with George McDaniel, the executive director of Drayton Hall, about the evolution of slavery interpretation at his site. 

A day after the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Drayton Hall director George McDaniel and his staff were still trying to comprehend the enormity of the event. Yet McDaniel, who is retiring in September after 26 years of overseeing Drayton Hall, still firmly believes that an understanding of history—both the good and the bad—has increasing relevance in today’s world and can bring people together to work through what he calls “troublesome” history.

In a recent interview, McDaniel spoke with conviction about the crucial role of historic sites in telling the full story of the nation’s history and in dispelling falsehoods and misperceptions. “It is even more important now to use historic sites to build cross-racial bridges,” according to McDaniel. He goes on to note that African American history is integral to American history, and people who claim otherwise are historically illiterate. “There is no ‘their’ or ‘my’ history, only ‘our’ history,” he says.

Click here to read the complete Forum interview.

 

Job Announcement: Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations

 

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With limited supervision, the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations will oversee the administration and planning associated with securing financial support from corporate and foundation partners, tracking progress toward meeting organizational fundraising goals. Duties include monitoring grant deadlines, drafting proposals and reports, and conducting research on potential funders who are committed to historic preservation, museum programming and education.

The position requires a thorough understanding of donor management and the ability to manage relationships with internal staff as well as foundation and corporate contacts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement strategies and activities designed to increase support from existing foundation or corporate funders and identify new potential foundation and corporate support.
  • Manage information database of grant requirements; track contact between Drayton Hall and funders; track all foundation and corporate giving deadlines.
  • Create institutional database of potential new support.
  • Prepare foundation and corporate giving materials, including but not limited to proposals, letters of inquiry, grant reports, agreements, email, presentations, acknowledgment letters, and stewardship materials. This includes drafting original copy, editing copy, formatting, and printing.
  • Research the giving interests of foundation and corporate funders, stay abreast of philanthropic trends and recent foundation and corporate giving, and identify new opportunities for funding that align with Drayton Hall programs and priorities.
  • Assist program staff with their fundraising efforts, as appropriate.
  • Liaise with program staff and Finance staff to monitor grant expectations and spending.
  • Attend foundation meetings and events, cultivating relationships with current and prospective donors as appropriate.
  • Prepare senior staff for meetings and phone calls with foundation or corporate staff. This includes research and writing briefings.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. required.
  • Three to five years of foundation and corporate relations experience or comparable work with foundations and corporations, preferably within a not-for-profit setting.
  • Experience writing grant proposals and reports.
  • Experience reviewing budgets and financial reports.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel occasionally.
  • Familiarity with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) regulations.
  • Knowledge of Altru development and CRM software.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and research 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.
  • Genuine belief in the mission of Drayton Hall.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may have exposure to moderate noise, crowds at functions or events, and at times variances in weather.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Details:

  • Department:  Development
  • Reports To:  Director of Philanthropy
  • FLSA Status:  Exempt
  • Employment Status:  Full-Time

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust provides a competitive compensation and benefits package

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
ATTN: Steve Mount
3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
or electronically at smount@draytonhall.org.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Join Drayton Hall for an Exclusive Trip to Bermuda

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Exploring the Colonial Transatlantic World: A Curated Tour of Bermuda with Drayton Hall

PINK SAND BEACHES. TURQUOISE WATERS. LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS. EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOURS.

Join us as we depart Charleston for another influential colonial destination: Bermuda. First settled in the early 17th century, this “jewel of the sea”, with its turquoise waters, pink sand beaches, vibrant cultural heritage, and refined hospitality, continues to beckon visitors 400 years later. This very special six-day excursion includes tours of private homes and collections, exclusive access to Parliament, luxury accommodations at a private beach resort, and much more. An extraordinary immersion in Bermuda’s rich history that will be led by the staff of Drayton Hall, A Curated Tour of Bermuda offers a unique opportunity to pursue your passion for historic architecture, breathtaking landscapes, and unique material culture. We hope to see you there!

Price Per Person:
$4,199 for Friends of Drayton Hall (based on double occupancy)
$4,699 for Non-members
Single supplement available upon request.
Space is strictly limited. Priority responses by Friday, July 31st.

What’s Included:
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 dinners (11 meals total)
Accommodations, land transportation, tour fees, daily breakfast, and four dinners.
Air Transportation not included.

Accommodations:
The exclusive Coral Beach Club, 5 nights
This trip requires a passport.

For booking and more information, contact Bryan Buck, AAA Travel at 843-766-2394, x12014, or brbuck@mailaaa.com. 

Space is strictly limited (maximum of 30 guests). Priority responses by July 31st.

To download a sample itinerary (subject to change), click here.

Coral Beach Club

The Coral Beach Club

Sunset at St. Georges and Coral Beach Club

TOP: Historic St. George’s Island, an UNESCO World-Heritage site. BOTTOM: Private beach at the Coral Beach Club

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS: AAA Travel Agency and Drayton Hall Preservation Trust reserve the right to cancel this tour prior to departure for any reason, including insufficient number of participants.  A $1500 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of reservation to secure your space on the trip.  The final balance of your trip is due to AAA Travel Agency no later than January 29th, 2016.  Any cancellations after February 1st, 2016 will incur full penalty and no refunds will be issued.  Passports are required for travel.  AAA Travel Agency, its parent corporation, subsidiaries and its travel agents along with Drayton Hall Preservation Trust (herein collectively  “Travel Agency”) are acting as an intermediary for Suppliers in selling travel-related products or services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by this Travel Agency (such as air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, carriers, wholesalers, transportation companies, tour operators, service companies etc.). Travel Agency maintains no control over the action of these Suppliers and, therefore, shall not be responsible for the actions of these Suppliers, their breach of contract, their failure to comply with any laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or any intentional or negligent actions or omissions on the part of such Suppliers or Suppliers’ subcontractors, which result in any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience or injury to travelers or travelers’ companions or group members. AAA Travel Agency and Drayton Hall Preservation Trust shall not be responsible for any injuries, losses or damages in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or structural integrity of air, sea, and ground transportation and accommodations, diseases, local laws, terrorists’ acts, climatic conditions, Acts of God, delays, changes or cancellation of travel due to weather conditions, hotel services, accidents or health related problems before or while in-transit to (e.g., an accident on the way to a tour), during, and after a tour, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside of AAA Travel Agency’s and Drayton Hall Preservation Trust’s control. By embarking upon his/her travel, the traveler voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveler is hereby warned of the above risks as well as possible travel industry bankruptcies and medical and climatic disruptions, and the possibility traveler may be unable to travel as scheduled because of personal emergency.  Travel Insurance (medical and cancellation) is strongly encouraged and recommended and is available through AAA Travel Agency.

#PrayForCharleston #CharlestonUnited

Emanuel AME Church - Photo: http://emanuelamechurch.org/

Emanuel AME Church – Photo: http://emanuelamechurch.org/

Friends,

We are all saddened by the terrible events that took place at Emanuel AME Church when a gunman opened fire, killing nine innocent victims.  We are touched as individuals and as a community. Amidst this sadness and questioning, people are responding with full hearts. This morning, messages of concern, comfort, and support arrived from friends and colleagues in Washington, Savannah, New York, and as far away as Paris—and they are still coming in. Earlier, I spoke with Liz Alston, former member of our advisory council and long-time member of Emanuel, and expressed to her our deep condolences.

As we see in this incident and in the attacks on schools, movie theaters, and market places, there are forces that seek to divide us and to blind us to our common humanity. It is our responsibility to respond as best we can and to do so not with hate, but with light. And to do so as individuals, both in our life and in our work. In this way, we honor not only the victims, but the loved ones who must carry on

For now, it is our hope that healing will come swiftly to all those touched by this senseless tragedy.

Sincerely,

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George W. McDaniel
President and Executive Director
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
 

Final Phase of the Portico Project Is Now Underway!

A view of the great lawn from the portico.

A view of the great lawn from the portico.

Anticipation has been building at Drayton Hall as we gear up for the final phase of the portico rehabilitation project, which includes preservation contractors from Richard Marks Restorations, Inc., beginning the careful demolition and removal of modern concrete that has compromised the structural integrity of the portico for years. An extensive research and planning process was carried out to ensure that the new building materials will meet the present day demands placed on the house without negatively impacting the historic building materials that survive from the 1740s.

Last week, our Curator of Historic Architectural Resources Patricia Lowe Smith shared the good news with Drayton Hall staff:

I am excited to tell you that I just received the official Notice to Proceed for the portico project. (Cue champagne corks!) You may have already noticed some materials being delivered to the house in recent days, and you will see more of that through the end of the week. Before any demolition takes place the workers will be implementing a very thorough protection plan that will include lots of foam, plastic sheeting and plywood to protect the house. A plywood wall will be erected in the basement to shield visitors from flying dust and debris, and the view will be obscured from the great hall(s) by plastic sheeting and plexi glass that will be used to keep dust and flying objects from damaging anything.

We are working to schedule a meeting for the guides to discuss the project and its potential impact on tours in detail. All staff are welcome to attend this meeting. At this point I can tell you that the contractors are being as careful as they can to plan for the most noisy and potentially disruptive work during early morning or evening hours. I hope to have meeting details to you shortly, but in the meantime you are welcome to contact me with any questions.

Best,

Trish

Visitors can expect to see preservation in progress through October 2015. The house will remain open for tours during this time, and we hope you will pardon our dust as we carry out this important preservation work. Watch for frequent updates on our blog, Facebook, and Instagram pages, and you’ll also be able to see the project unfold hour by hour on our website where we’ll be posting time-lapse photographs of work underway. When the dust settles it will be our pleasure to welcome you onto Drayton Hall’s iconic portico once again.

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Job Announcement: Historical Interpreters

Drayton Hall is seeking creative, enthusiastic, and innovative individuals to serve as part-time historical interpreters, presenting three centuries of history to diverse audiences. DUTIES

  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Serve as a point-of-contact for visitors in their experience at the site, providing clear and accurate information in a pleasant, effective, and positive way.
  • Present guided house tours of Drayton Hall and Connections: From Africa to America programs on a daily basis to diverse audiences of all ages.
  • Conduct educational and special interpretive programs for adult and student groups of all ages. Assist with program preparation and clean-up.
  • Provide coverage for Drayton Hall admissions and museum shop as needed.
  • Participate actively in interpreter training or enhancement programs in order to expand knowledge of the property and/or interpretive skills.
  • Assist with special events and programming as needed.
  • Assist with basic site operations, including monitoring security of historic resources and visitor safety, responding calmly and professionally to emergencies and promptly notifying supervisor of incidents.
  • Work as a cooperative member of a team, and be willing to lead, follow, and support colleagues in a tactful, positive way.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree; studies in history, public history, museum studies, museum education, architecture, historic preservation, anthropology, or similar fields preferred.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills, and be able to synthesize information into clear, effective presentations.
  • Basic math and cash handling skills required; experience with point-of-sale retail systems, cash registers, and ticketing systems a plus.
  • Ability to work outdoors; some lifting and manual labor required. Some weekend, evening, and holiday work required!  Hours vary by season. 

Please send a resume and cover letter addressed to:
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
Attn: Shelia Harrell-Roye
3380 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414
Or you may email a resume and cover letter to info@draytonhall.org

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.