Meet the Staff: Caitlin Mans

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Caitlin MansCaitlin Mans, Visitor Services Manager

Hometown: Riceville, Iowa

Educational background:

  • Bachelor of Arts, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota, Major: History, Minor: Anthropology
  • Master of Arts, University of South Carolina. Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies
  • Museum Management Certificate, University of South Carolina

How did you find your way to Historic Columbia? I first moved to Columbia in June 2011 to start graduate school at the University of South Carolina in August 2011. I was looking for a job before school started and learned about a Weekend Staff position opening up. I applied to the Weekend Staff position and ended up being hired, despite running to the Robert Mills East Flanker for my interview with James Quint after initially showing up at the Siebels House. I worked mainly on Weekend Staff until September 2013 when I began to also work as the Visitor Services Manager

What is your favorite HC event, house or garden and why? Though I love the architecture of the Robert Mills House and the history of the people who lived in Hampton-Preston, my favorite property is the Mann-Simons Site. This is because of all the great recent research, particular the archeology, that has been done at the Mann-Simons property and the ways that Historic Columbia is working to make it accessible to the public, especially with the ghost structures.

What is the last book you read? Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity by Virginia Smith. It is a popular history about the history of hygiene from ancient to modern times.

What is your favorite place to eat in Columbia? I have so many favorite restaurants, but one of my favorites would have to be the Hunter-Gatherer.

One thing we should know about you: I collect earrings. Whenever I go visit a new place, I try to buy a pair to remember my time there. My favorite pair so far are ones made out of typewriter keys that I bought at the Eastern Market in Washington D.C.

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Full-Time Head Gardener Position Open at Historic Columbia Foundation

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Historic Columbia Foundation has an opening for a full-time Head Gardener. Position details are listed below.

The Head Gardener supports the Director of Grounds in the maintenance and development of the gardens. The key responsibilities of this position are:

▪    Daily general maintenance of the garden areas – both plants and hardscape
▪    Oversee Rental Preparation Duties
▪    Equipment Maintenance
▪    Specific focus of work is on preservation & maintenance of historic landscapes.

Core competencies include:

▪    Knowledge: Thorough understanding of care of herbaceous and woody plants, as well as turf grass management. Knowledge and experience in landscape maintenance – particularly with best management practices for sustainable landscaping. Skilled in plant identification. Knowledge and skill in safe handling of different gardening equipment, as well as safe application of integrated pest management practices, chemicals and plant nutritional supplements.
▪    Data Collection: Ability to ensure accurate record keeping of plant care and health. Ability to keep accurate inventories of supplies, materials and equipment.
▪    Coordination: Ability to supervise others, including part-time staff and volunteers, in the maintenance of HCF’s plant collections and hardscapes within the gardens.
Ability to organize work schedule and plans and identify and establish priorities under the direction of the Director of Grounds. Ability to train and monitor
volunteers and part-time staff.
▪    Communication: Ability to use verbal and non-verbal skills when working with others to ensure efficient and safe management of landscapes.
▪    Leadership: Ability to work in a supervisory role.

Minimum training and experience requirements:

▪    High school diploma, or equivalent, and demonstrated possession of the competencies to perform the work.
▪    Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Preference will be given to those applicants with training and experience such as:

▪    Possession of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field
▪    Other relevant educational experience, such as completion of a Master Gardener certification program
▪    Previous professional gardening work

The successful candidate should possess interest in and knowledge of plants, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for garden care and development. The Head Gardener will exhibit self-motivation, attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and good organizational skills.

Historic Columbia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Resumes may be submitted in person, by email to, or by mail to: Historic Columbia Foundation, Attn: Debbie Giles, 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201. All resumes must be submitted by close of business day Monday, June 18. 

About Historic Columbia: As a city leader in heritage tourism, Historic Columbia Foundation provides daily 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 Heritage. As an advocate for the preservation of Columbia’s built history, Historic Columbia Foundation works closely with city and county officials to ensure proper protection is provided to structures with cultural and historical importance.

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Historic Columbia Foundation Seeks Museum Shop Manager

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Do you have a passion for people and a penchant for history? Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking a Museum Shop Manager.  This self-motivated individual will develop a purchasing plan and annual budget; will be responsible for maintaining stock appropriate to the mission of the Foundation; overseeing the operation of the museum gift shop including  pricing, merchandising, developing the correct product mix; monitoring budgets and inventories; implementing policies and procedures for utilizing computerized inventory systems; keeping the Museum Shop clean in appearance and displays attractive; and representing the museum gift shop at off-site opportunities. The Museum Shop Manager is also responsible for disseminating accurate information about Historic Columbia Foundation properties, activities, and city attractions.

* Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or related field; or acceptable equivalent in experience * 3-5 years of retail experience, preferably in a museum, specialty store, or bookstore; Must be able to operate a computerized point-of-sale system (POS), working knowledge of Microsoft Office; A willingness to learn and carry yourself in a professional and personable manner with diverse visitors, volunteers, and staff is essential.

Please forward resumes  to

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