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.

Our mission is to share the complex history of Columbia and Richland County through historic preservation advocacy, innovative educational programs, and strategic partnerships.

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.  

Current Openings:


The Horticulturist 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. 


  • 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. 
  • Maintain accurate plant records, labels, and special collections. 
  • Operate heavy equipment and standard garden power tools such as chainsaws, blowers, and tillers. 
  • Assist with seed collection, division, propagation, and other greenhouse and nursery activities. 
  • Work with volunteers, teach classes, lead tours, and support rentals and special events. 


  • 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.  
  • Experience with advanced garden design utilizing woody, herbaceous, and edible/crop plants. 
  • Proficient in the use of computers, MS Office applications, and Google applications. Experience with plant records database programs, such as FileMaker Pro or BG-Base is a plus.  
  • 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: 

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in horticulture or related field or any other equivalent combination of training, skills and experience. 
  • Supervisory experience with small and large groups of volunteers and/or co-workers. 
  • Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in a public garden or museum environment. 


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

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to: 

Debbie Giles, Director of Administration and Finance 
1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201 
803-252-7742, ext 13

Application Deadline: February 25, 2022 

Rental Assistant (Part-Time)

The Rental Assistant represents Historic Columbia as the staff on-site during events, such as weddings, rehearsals, rehearsal dinners, corporate functions, fundraisers, etc, and remains available to the rental client for the duration of the event. The Rental Assistant iIs responsible for ensuring the rules and regulations of Historic Columbia are followed by rental clients, for answering and solving any facility or property related questions and issues, and for responding to emergency situations in an appropriate manner. 


  • Must have excellent communications skills, to interact with all vendors and rental clients during the event, as well as coordination through email and phone with Rental Coordinator for the requirements and details for the specific events to which the assistant is assigned 
  • Must be able to maintain email and phone access to communicate with the Rental Coordinator during the week and during the events to which the assistant is assigned.  
  • Prior event/wedding experience or customer service experience required  
  • Must have professional demeanor and appearance at all times
  • Must be flexible and accommodating, but assertive when necessary

Browse to learn more about Historic Columbia, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County’s historic and cultural heritage.  

Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume, or contact us to arrange a time to complete an application.

Debbie Giles, Director of Administration and Finance 
Historic Columbia 
1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201 
803-252-7742, ext 13