Reports to: Manager of Preservation & Conservation
Department: Park Infrastructure
Status: Full time, Hourly
About Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy
Central Park is one of the most famous and beloved urban public spaces in the world. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre park was the first purpose-built public park in the country and is a National Historic Landmark. The Central Park Conservancy, a private not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1980 to rescue the Park which had fallen into serious disrepair. Since that time, the Conservancy has overseen the investment of approximately $1 billion in the restoration of the Park, and now hosts over 40 million visitors a year.
The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from urban life. The City of New York has formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is responsible for every aspect of its care, including landscape maintenance, capital improvements, and the visitor experience. Committed to sharing the best practices in urban park management, the Conservancy also serves as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. The Conservancy employs roughly 325 people and has an operating budget of $80 million.
The Conservancy recently completed a seven-year plan, Central Park Conservancy, A Plan for the Stewardship of Central Park: 2020-2027, which focuses on the ongoing capital investment of the last four decade’s investment of more than $1 billion into Central Park.
Preservation Technicians in the Park Infrastructure Department focus on the applied preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the Park’s historic architectural and decorative features including bridges and arches, display fountains, pergolas, benches, decks, fences and railings, and other decorative objects. Work collaboratively with other members of the Preservation and Conservation departments on specialized projects requiring masonry, carpentry, metalwork, cleaning, and coatings application under the supervision of a Foreperson and Assistant Manager.
Participate in the preservation, construction, repair, and maintenance of wooden structures including rustic woodwork, fine woodwork, deck replacement, patching, sanding, cleaning, and coatings applications.
Participate in the preservation, repair, and maintenance of metal structures, including welding, chasing, patching, patinating, molding, casting, cleaning, and coatings applications.
Participate in the preservation, repair, and maintenance of historic masonry structures, including mortar pointing, patching, sealing, stone stabilization, stone carving, molding, casting, cleaning, and stain or graffiti removal.
Perform specialized graffiti and stain removal from park structures and surfaces including use of appropriate chemicals and pressure washing techniques in a way that does not compromise surfaces.
Routinely pressure wash outdoor park areas to improve sanitation and appearance of the park.
Provide timely response to daily work orders, document progress via consistent reporting, and complete projects in an efficient manner using a mobile and computer-based work order system.
Safely operate tools and equipment in compliance with all federal OSHA, state, and local safety requirements, including, but not limited to park vehicles, specialized equipment, small power equipment (chainsaws, generators, welders, mixers, drills, saws, torches, pumps, etc.) and hand tools (wrenches, hammers, floats, etc.) with the use of proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
Maintain and safeguard a proper inventory of supplies, materials, and equipment
Maintain clean, safe, and organized worksite using established protocols for location and activity.
Provide positive customer service to park visitors and park staff including answering questions and conveying park information
Perform other duties as required in the scope of the job and as designated by Preservation and Infrastructure management
Participate in seasonal maintenance activities including snow removal
Note: This is an on-site position.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
The Central Park Conservancy’s work is guided by the belief that Central Park, and all public parks, must be managed and actively protected as an inclusive and democratic space for all.
Working closely with our New York City partners, we will always strive towards creating and sustaining a sense of belonging for all visitors and advocating for equitable and accessible public use of the Park.
In service of this belief, we are committed to fostering a workforce and organizational culture that is as diverse as Central Park itself and the dynamic city it serves.
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.? Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.? Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways, etc.).? If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
A four-year high school diploma or equivalent; and
Professional experience or applied training in one of the related preservation trades, including carpentry, masonry, metalworking, painting, modeling, carving, or mold-making.
Technically proficient hand skills and a rigorous attention to detail.
Respect and appreciation for the fundamental value of historical landscapes, structures, and objects.
Effective communication skills and basic computer knowledge
Valid State Issued Driver License that must be maintained for duration of employment
Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor daily in all weather conditions.
Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed.
Ability to work safely at heights, using a ladder or aerial lift.
Additional Requirements: Assignment to Preservation Technician II:
A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience as described above that is equivalent to 5 years’ experience.
Demonstrated competency of essential job functions
CPC Internal Candidates – A satisfactory performance evaluation during each year of employment.
Central Park is New York City’s 843-acre backyard, an essential space that welcomes over 42 million visitors annually. The City of New York has entrusted the Central Park Conservancy with the complete day-to-day care of this iconic public space, which requires dedicated expertise that we’ve honed during our 40-year history. Over 300 Conservancy employees tend to the Park’s complex maintenance, restoration, and architectural needs—from horticulture, tree and turf care, trash management, visitor services, and much more—resulting from massive use.
As the stewards of the Park, the Conservancy is committed to serving the public’s best interests and providing the oversight and expertise necessary to ensure that this world-class greenspace is accessible to all. Funded primarily by individual donations, we invest nearly $78 million into the Park’s care each year with the sole mission of protecting and improving Central Park in perpetuity. Not only does this allow the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to allocate nearly its entire budget to other parks, but we help generate more than $1 billion in annual economic activity and 5,000 local jobs—a true partnership with the City for the people of New York.