Landscape Technician (Part Time), Drayton Hall Historic Site

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Charleston , South Carolina
Salary Non-Exempt

The Landscape Technician (LT) will assist in the maintenance of Drayton Hall’s historic landscape. As a member of the Preservation Department, the LT will provide high quality, professional service, contributing to the achievement, support and compliance of the established and future landscape objectives as outlined in Drayton Hall’s mission statement, landscape master plan, strategic plan and site master plan.  As a site operations post, this position will also have some responsibility for event and security duties.  Occasionally situations may arise that require the post holder to perform other duties or tasks as may be reasonably requested by Drayton Hall management.


Duties

  • 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.
  • Responsible for 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.
  • Communicate effectively with the Director of Preservation, Manager of Facilities, Landscape and Horticulture and other members of staff to ensure strong and effective working relationships.
  • Assist with special event set up and staffing as required, including securing or opening the site; some weekend and evening duties.
  • Attend all meetings as required and help ensure effective communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent with 3 years working in landscape maintenance or horticulture positions, or Technical Certification or Associates Degree in horticulture/landscape maintenance. 
  • Experience operating and maintaining landscape equipment including tractors, commercial mowers and other powered equipment, with knowledge of related safety procedures and guidelines.
  • Valid driver’s license, with clean driving record required.
  • Basic problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Ability to understand instructions and deadlines in English and execute tasks as assigned, with ability to learn and handle routine tasks without close supervision.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of staff, committee members and volunteers ensuring cooperation as a site team member.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Minimum physical requirements include:  ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs on a frequent basis and occasionally more; ability to push or pull up to 50 lbs on a frequent basis and occasionally more; ability to bend, squat, kneel, twist/turn, climb, and reach above the shoulder frequently; and ability to drive an automatic or standard shift vehicle frequently. 
  • Some evening and weekend work required.

How to Apply

To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to 174435-CS-815@nthp.hrmdirect.com.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.