Careers

As a leader in heritage tourism, Historic Columbia provides house museum tours, walking tours and guided bus tours of Columbia's cultural and historical assets. Additionally, the organization hosts annual programs and events such as the Gardening Symposium and the Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture. As an advocate for the preservation of Columbia and Richland County's built history, Historic Columbia works closely with city and county officials to ensure proper protection is provided to structures with cultural and historical importance.

The mission of Historic Columbia is to nurture, support, and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County through programs of advocacy, education and preservation.

Historic Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Openings:

​Groundskeeper

Position Summary:

The Groundskeeper supports the Director of Grounds in the maintenance and development of the gardens, grounds, and living collections within six diverse, historic landscapes managed by Historic Columbia, including one National Historic Landmark and South Carolina's only presidential site. 

Responsibilities: 
  • Oversee and perform a wide variety of garden maintenance duties such as pruning, planting, mulching and weeding. 
  • Monitor for pests and diseases; apply appropriate pesticides, herbicide and fertilizers. 
  • Operate heavy equipment and standard garden power tools such as chainsaws, blowers and tillers. 
  • Perform regular garden equipment maintenance. 
  • Work with volunteers, support rentals and assist with special events. 

Qualifications: 
  • Working knowledge of methods, materials, techniques, tools and equipment used in a wide variety of grounds maintenance activities. 
  • Knowledge of the planting and care of woody shrubs and trees, as well as annuals and perennials, and the appropriate control measures of their major pests and diseases.  
  • Proficient in the use of computers, MS Office applications, and Google applications.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push or pull 50 pounds. Position often requires strenuous activity outdoors with exposure to a variety of conditions ranging from hot and humid to cold and wet.  
Minimum Training and Experience Requirements: 
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in horticulture, landscaping, or any combination of related skills.
  • Proficiency with irrigation installation and repairs.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in a public garden or museum environment. 
Benefits: 
  • Competitive salary. 
  • Medical and dental insurance plans. 
  • Paid leave and holidays.  

This is a full-time position.

Remit letter of interest and resume to HR Department: Facilities & Grounds, Historic Columbia, 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201; fax 803.929.7695; email dgiles@historiccolumbia.org.

​Curatorial Assistant

Position Summary:

Assist the Director of Historic House Museums (DoHHM) of Historic Columbia (HC) with all aspects of museum operations including, but not limited to: curation of collections; museum opening and closing; historical research and writing; and administrative paperwork. Position is part-time for 20 hours a week with a salary range of $10- $12/hour.

Responsibilities: 
  • Museum objects care that includes accessioning, de-accessioning, loan processing, condition reports and proper handling techniques for the museum's permanent collections. Assist in the management of digital and print image files.
  • Open and close the historic house museums daily as assigned. This includes disarming and arming the security system, turning lights on and off, opening and closing interior shutters and performing visual checks of all rooms.
  • Process objects through the Abandoned Cultural Property program.
  • Work with the DoHHM in maintaining the cleaning schedule for the collection and historic houses. Activities include sweeping/vacuuming of floors and mats in the historic houses. Oversee curatorial volunteers as needed in this regard.
  • Record and assess environmental conditions with the monthly creation of environmental reports (including a face sheet tracking monthly environmental data assembled through HOBO data loggers) for each property to the DoHHM, DoCR and the Facilities Coordinator.
  • Assist with the creation and installation of exhibits.
  • Assist with public access to collections and research inquiries as assigned.
Qualifications: 
  • Prior museum experience a plus but not required.
  • The successful candidate will be detail oriented, possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, the ability to climb stairs, and lift 30 pounds.
  • Currently enrolled graduate students are encouraged to apply as the schedule can accommodate the academic calendar.

This is a part-time position.

Remit letter of interest and resume to HR Department: Facilities & Grounds, Historic Columbia, 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201; fax 803.929.7695; email dgiles@historiccolumbia.org.