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:

​Weekend Staff Member

Position Summary:
  • Tour Presentations: Master four house tours and relate information in a professional manner. Manage the flow of tours in a timely manner. Collect demographic information by using the Altru front desk system.
  • Safety and Security: Be familiar with safety procedures. Know where alarm panels, first aid kits, fire extinguishers are located. Open houses and grounds at the beginning of the day and secure and alarm them accurately at the end of the day. Maintain security of collections pieces by following established rules while giving tours. Exhibit good management techniques for guiding the visitors through the house museums.
  • Museum Shop: Become knowledgeable of merchandise and sales promotions. Use Altru software with proficiency to sell merchandise and tour tickets. Help keep shop tidy by sweeping and emptying trash if needed.
  • Additional responsibilities: Sell memberships by informing visitors of the benefits of membership with Historic Columbia and of upcoming programming. Exhibit good customer service skills. Accurately prepare the day’s deposit and prepare the till for the next day.
  • Follow employment rules as addressed in Historic Columbia Foundations Ethics Policy and Human Resources Policies and Procedure Manual.
Qualifications:

Good interpersonal skills. Public speaking experience preferred. Must be able to work as a team with fellow weekend staff members.

This is a part-time position.

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


Interpretive Guide

Position Summary:
  • Tour Presentations: Master four house tours and relate information in a professional manner. Manage the flow of tours in a timely manner. Collect demographic information by using the Altru front desk system. Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday; this position will cover three shifts a week for a total of 10 hours.
  • Safety and Security: Be familiar with safety procedures. Know where alarm panels, first aid kits, fire extinguishers are located. Open houses and grounds at the beginning of the day and secure and alarm them without flaw at the end of the day. Maintain security of collections pieces by following established rules while giving tours. Exhibit good management techniques for guiding the visitors through the house museums.
  • Museum Shop: Become knowledgeable of merchandise and sales promotions. Use Altru software with proficiency to sell merchandise. Help keep shop tidy by sweeping and emptying trash if needed.
  • Additional responsibilities: Sell memberships by informing visitors of the benefits of membership with Historic Columbia and of upcoming programming. Exhibit good customer service skills. Assist in updating tour training manuals to current format.
  • Follow employment rules as addressed in Historic Columbia Foundations Ethics Policy and Human Resources Policies and Procedure Manual.
  • This position reports to the Visitor and Interpretive Services Coordinator.
Qualifications:

Good interpersonal skills. Public speaking experience preferred. Must be able to work as a team with fellow weekend staff members. Other duties as assigned.

This is a part-time position.

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