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. 
Core 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.

Historic Columbia is an equal opportunity employer committed to advancement opportunities for all individuals based on merit, qualifications and abilities. Historic Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to:

Debbie Giles, Director of Administration and Finance

Historic Columbia

1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Email: dgiles@historiccolumbia.org

Rental Coordinator

Position Summary:
Historic Columbia is looking for a Rental Coordinator to actively pursue rental contracts for Historic Columbia’s five historic rental venues including one National Historic Landmark and South Carolina’s only presidential site. This is a full-time position to include some weekend and evenings.
Core Responsibilities: 
  • The Rental Coordinator will manage all aspects of the rental process including:

    • Logistics oversight

    • Revenue management

    • Communications with the public, clients, vendors and Historic Columbia Facilities and Grounds staff

Qualifications: 
  • Natural sales skills

  • Adept at multitasking

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree or three to five years proven sales experience

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required

Benefits:
  • Competitive salary.
     
  • Medical and dental insurance plans.
     
  • Paid leave and holidays.

Historic Columbia is an equal opportunity employer committed to advancement opportunities for all individuals based on merit, qualifications and abilities. Historic Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to:

Debbie Giles, Director of Administration and Finance

Historic Columbia

1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Email: dgiles@historiccolumbia.org

Resumes will be accepted through September 27, 2019

Weekend Staff

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.

Historic Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.