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Director of Grounds
Category: Horticulture

Historic Columbia
Columbia, South Carolina

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014

Director of Grounds

Historic Columbia

Position Summary

The Director of Grounds is responsible for the gardens, grounds and living collections within seven diverse, historic landscapes managed by Historic Columbia, including one National Historic Landmark and South Carolina’s only presidential site.


  • Lead the restoration and revitalization of landscapes, as guided by the Cultural Landscape Master Plan.
  • Curate and develop new historic plant collections.
  • Supervise landscape maintenance and plant care staff.
  • Assist with development efforts to support garden projects.
  • Cultivate awareness of Historic Columbia and its horticultural initiatives through public speaking, as well as print and web-based media.


  • Excellent organizational, supervisory, communication and leadership skills.
  • 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 plant records database programs, such as FileMaker Pro or BG-Base. Knowledge of the use of engravers a plus.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push or pull up to 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 degree or greater in horticulture or related field with 4 years of experience related to landscape maintenance and plant care.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates with a Master’s degree in a related field and/or experience in a public garden or museum environment.


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

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

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


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