Assistant Manager, Landscape Management (Section 3)

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Compensation: $70,000-$82,000

Reports to: Manager, Section 3 (Landscape Management)

Department: Landscape Management

Status: Exempt

About the 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 the pace and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all. The City of New York has formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is responsible for every aspect of the Park’s 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 approximately 400 people and has an operating budget of $80 million.

The Position
The Assistant Manager, Landscape Management (Section 3) is responsible for the supervision of the day-to-day operation of an assigned section, for implementation of all programs of work set by the Manager and to work as part of a team that manages Park Operations as a whole. 

Working under the general supervision of the Manager, the Assistant Manager is primarily responsible for the supervision of the staff and landscapes in an assigned section within Central Park. It is expected that the Assistant Manager will work across departments and with other staff on Park Operations to perform their primary tasks. 

Note:  This is an on-site position.
Salary range:  $70,000 to $82,000 (based on level of experience)


Supervisory Responsibilities 

  • Responsible for supervising all staff and the organization of work schedules to meet daily and weekly workloads and projects for all landscapes, plant bed, hardscape, playground and perimeter in the section.
  • Guide and gives technical assistance to Foreperson, Groundskeepers and Gardeners engaged in daily landscape maintenance tasks.
  • Delegate and hold subordinates responsible for satisfactory performance of assignments.
  • Lead and coach employees using established performance management and staff development effort providing consistent feedback.
  • Work in collaboration with Manager in the hiring, performance reviews and discipline staff. Makes recommendations for improvements
  • Monitors and ensures employee engagement, productivity, compliance and status of work assignments.
  • Oversee safety and work training program of section employees and tracks individual progress and ensure requirements are met at regular intervals
  • Perform the duties of Manager when absent


  • Coordinate with other departments within CPC on all events, vendors, concessions and general Park use
  • Collaborate with other Assistant Managers in Landscape Management and other departments within Park Operations to achieve set work plan goals.
  • Daily reports of malfunctioning infrastructure, furnishings, safety hazards, quality of life issues

Program Management

  • Assist in the development of annual work plan and conduct inspections of all landscape management activities within a section and ensures all indicators are met.
  • Work with Manager to develop measurements against and will participate in reporting on annual progress of set work plan.
  • Assist Manager in the development of an annual section budget and collaborate to monitor expenses throughout the year.
  • Inspect and monitor work to ensure compliance of organizational standards of methods and practices, safety and other established requirements
  • Maintain the inventory and proper care of all tools, equipment, materials, supplies and staff uniforms appropriate to support the landscape management functions.
  • Use computer-based management systems for budget control, scheduling, timekeeping and inspections.

Related Work

  • Maintain inventory of all signage in section and directs the repairs and installation. Makes requests for replacements as needed
  • Initiate the purchase of supplies, tools and other related equipment to Manager
  • Ensure the removal of all trash from landscape, gardens, grounds, hardscape and facilities in a section; collaborate with Park Maintenance on inspections notifications of unsatisfactory conditions.
  • Although not part of day to day tasks, the Assistant Manager may be called upon to mow, water, weed, rake, remove snow and perform other related landscape management tasks as needed and/or required
  • Respond to emergency situations including, but not limited to, storms and snow events
  • Perform related work as assigned


  1. Bachelor’s Degree from accredited college in a related field; 6 years of increasingly responsible experience in maintenance work in the field of Landscape management including a minimum of 6 years in the management and supervision of others; or
  2. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. However all candidates must possess the 6 years of management and supervision of others
  3. Valid Driver’s License that must be maintained for duration of employment
  4. Possess a fundamental understanding and knowledge of Landscape management using modern practices; experience in urban parks is desirable.

Abilities Required 

  1. Ability to provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content
  2. Ability to engage in critical thinking skills that allow for prioritizing issues, coordinating multiple projects and problem solve
  3. Knowledge of computer equipment and Microsoft Office applications
  4. Ability to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed
  5. Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions

Additional Information


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.

Contact Information

Central P ark Conservancy
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