Manager, Landscape Management, Section 3

Central Park Conservancy

New York, New York

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $90K-$110K

Reports to: Director, Landscape Management

Department: Landscape Management

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Schedule:  7:00am – 3:30pm

About the Central Park Conservancy

Central Park is one of the world's most famous and beloved urban public spaces. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre Park was the country's first purpose-built public park 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 then, 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 400 people and has an operating budget of $100 million.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Lead and organize a team of Assistant Managers, Forepersons, Groundskeepers and Gardeners in the maintenance and repair of the park’s landscape assets.
  • Coach employees using established performance management and staff development processes providing consistent and constructive feedback.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate – in collaboration with Assistant Managers and Forepersons - department’s work plan; meet with management and staff to identify and prioritize issues and resolve problems quickly and efficiently.
  • Create schedules and coordinate maintenance priorities and work schedules with other department and Section managers to ensure all work is performed consistently throughout the Park.


  • Coordinate with NYC Parks and other City Agencies as necessary.
  • Collaborate with other Managers in Landscape Management, Landscape Services, Volunteer Management, and other departments within Park Operations to achieve established work plan goals.
  • Work collaboratively with the People & Culture team to recruit and hire staff; aim to identify internal candidates for open roles wherever possible.
  • Integrate Section work with centralized Landscape Services functions, such as Tree Care, Turf Care, Pest Control and Fleet Management.
  • Coordinate and communicate with other departments at CPC to disseminate pertinent information to employees.
  • Keep Director of Landscape Management apprised of all matters as they relate to the section and to the Park as a whole.

Program Management

  • Create an annual work plan within established framework for assigned section; develop measurements against and regularly report on progress of set annual work plan.
  • Establish predictive and preventive maintenance program indicators and work processes and procedures for the section into a formalized inspection program; continually inspect, monitor and manage the performance of the section.
  • Create schedules and coordinate maintenance priorities and work schedules with other department Managers to ensure all work is performed consistently throughout the Park.
  • Establish written work procedures; work with other section managers to ensure consistency in approach to processes.
  • Working with the Director of Landscape Management and Director of Safety, to implement training programs for safety and work techniques that are current with professional standards and administered at appropriate intervals; maintain knowledge of current safety rules and procedures; revisit and review on an annual basis.
  • Working with Director of Landscape Management and other Managers, develop an annual Section budget and monitor expenses throughout the fiscal year; develop future fiscal year planning for large expenditure purchases of equipment, vehicles, supplies or contracted services.
  • Execute all purchase requests and provide supporting documentation justifying requests as necessary; solicit and obtain necessary bids and quotations for pricing.
  • Use computer-based management systems for budget control, scheduling, timekeeping and inspections.

Related Work

  • Respond to and manage emergency situations including but not limited to storms and snow events.
  • Maintain inventory control and proper care of all tools, equipment, supplies and staff uniforms.
  • Ensure the removal of all trash from landscape, gardens, grounds, hardscapes and facilities within a section; collaborate with Park Maintenance on inspections and notifications of unsatisfactory conditions.
  • Respond effectively and in a timely manner to administrative requests.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college in a related field; 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in maintenance work in the field of landscape management or;
  • Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. However, all candidates should possess 8 years of experience in managing staff, projects, teams, or complex landscape management work.
  • Strong people management skills; ability to motivate and lead large teams.
  • Valid driver’s license that must be maintained for duration of employment
  • Possess a fundamental understanding and knowledge of landscape management using modern practices; experience in urban parks is desirable.

Abilities Required:

  • Ability to provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking skills that allow for prioritizing issues, coordinating multiple projects and problem solving.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and management systems.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions.

Salary Range:  $90K to $110K (based on level of experience)

Note: This is an in-person, on-site position.


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.

Safety Requirements

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.


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