Preservation Technician, Drayton Hall

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Charleston , South Carolina

Reporting to the Curator of Historic Architectural Resources, the Preservation Technician provides assistance in coordinating efforts to preserve and interpret the architectural resources of Drayton Hall while playing a supporting role in the stewardship of the site's archival and AV collections.  


  • Contribute towards the stewardship and interpretation of Drayton Hall as outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Play a key role in helping coordinate implementation of preservation programs associated with the site's architectural, archival and audio visual resources.
  • Under the supervision of the curator, contribute to timely summary documents and memorandums (Department Briefs) that integrate the results of ongoing research into interpretive and educational programming.
  • Conduct annual and monthly inspections and reviews of safety and security documents and materials.
  • Organize and coordinate efforts to organize Drayton Hall's on-site archival collection of photographs, audio tapes, video resources, and other maps and documents into the PastPerfect database, as well as develop best practice methodology. 
  • Assist in the development of a cultural landscape report, National Historic Landmarks nomination and updated historic structures report.
  • Contribute towards Drayton Hall's major donor program by coordinating communications and efforts with the development department.
  • As assigned, conduct research to enhance the understanding of Drayton Hall and its historic residents.
  • Contribute towards an internship program by working alongside interns on preservation projects.
  • As assigned, assist with giving presentations to professional and lay audiences.
  • Assist in the curation of the site’s historic architecture.  Responsibilities include opening, closing, and cleaning the main house and privy.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least 3 years of professional level experience, including experience managing and coordinating projects within the preservation field.  Experience in the fields of archaeology, cultural landscapes and museum studies strongly preferred.  
  • Knowledge of conservation methods and treatments as applied to architectural resources is a plus.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Basic project-management skills. Ability to achieve results with general supervision.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  •  Ability to collaborate and achieve results.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  •  Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set essential.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment
  • Demonstrated success in working with culturally diverse colleagues.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. Familiarity with other software, including databases, a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent years of experience) in historic preservation, archaeology or museum studies required.  Master’s degree preferred. 

How to Apply

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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.